Forbidden Planet
Forbidden Planet (1956)

Shakespeare's "The Tempest" is transformed in this landmark science-fiction film with groundbreaking special effects. Space men travel to a planet ruled by expatriate Pidgeon who has built a kingdom with his daughter and… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: March 15, 1956
DVD Release Date: April 18, 2000
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Shakespeare gets the deluxe space treatment in Forbidden Planet, an adaptation of The Tempest with impressive sets and seamless special effects.

TIME Magazine

[A] nifty interstellar meller.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Offers some of the most amusing creatures conceived since the Keystone cops.

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Rob Humanick

The tragicomic tone would have done the Bard proud, and at even only 98 minutes, Forbidden Planet is positively epic.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

An engaging 1956 science fiction gloss of Shakespeare's Tempest.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

An ingenious script, excellent special effects and photography, and superior acting, make it an endearing winner.

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A smart script and-ahead-of their-time effects elevate this one from a cult classic to a landmark of the genre.

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Variety Staff

Imaginative gadgets galore, plus plenty of suspense and thrills, make the production a top offering in the space travel category.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

There's a reason this film is called the granddaddy of all science fiction.

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TV Guide

A superb sci-fi flick, Forbidden Planet offers an unusually intelligent script, exciting direction by Wilcox and generally good acting from a decent if rather dull cast.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
The one science fiction film that inspired everything, just about. This historically significant sci-fi pretty much gave birth to ideas and concepts that went… More
Spencer S.
Forbidden Planet is revolutionary for its time, a cinematic innovator for decades of sci-fi, and one of the funniest films I've seen lately. The humor is… More
Chris Weber
Given that this film is over 50 years old, I can forgive many aspects of it (such as dialogue, special effects, visual effects, etc) that would cause many… More
Melvin White
This is one of the best sci-fi films of all time, and definitely my favorite. It's so much fun to watch, and Robby the robot is the best robot of all time.… More
Ken Stachnik
Come for the awesome production design, stay for a young Leslie Nielsen and Robbie the Robot!
Lewis C.
"Anywhere in the galaxy this is a nightmare." Forbidden Planet is a science fiction movie from the 50's, involving a spaceship crew that… More