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FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956)
Director Fred Wilcox's "Forbidden Planet" is a classic hunk of space opera, 1950's style.
Promotional Line: "Amazing"
Quote: "It will remind us...after all...that we are not God..." --Leslie Nielsen as Commander J.J. Adams
Director Fred M. Wilcox 's Forbidden Planet is
a combination of science, romance, comedy, and horror. The
basic story involves a space rescue to a distant alien world,
in search of a long-missing, previous expedition. They discover
an eccentric scientist, his beautiful daughter, a powerful robot,
and a horrible secret.
Much like Captain Kirk of the Star Trek series and movies, Commander Adams continues with his investigation, learning more about the monster as it attacks his men, and menaces the group. After several incidents that give them clues, he and his crew puts two and two together to come up with several plans to combat with the hostile influences that are disrupting human plans to colonize the planet, which leads to an exciting conclusion.
This suspenseful screenplay, that is way ahead
of its time, by Cyril Hume, (story by Irving Black and Allen Adler),
was a VERY LOOSE adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest,"
mixed with elements from Freudian psychology. These facts alone
catapult this film into a different category than most 50's Sci-Fi
flicks. Its underlying theme is that no matter how technically
advanced we become, we must still guard against our darker nature
that has been with us since the beginning.
Walter Pidgeon was convincing as Dr. Morbias, a brilliant, eccentric scientist who is annoyed with all these outside people interfering with his work, and the fact that his lovely daughter and Commander Adams are becoming romantically involved.
The beautiful Anne Francis is convicing as the lovely, blonde, love interest Altaira, a type of role that she became an expert at, as she was cast in a lot of films playing a similar character. She is well known for her television career in the 1960's, and for her many TV movies as being "a bright, colorful, decorative, wise-cracking presence."
The young space crew was made up of up and coming young actors, such as Jack Kelly (Maverick), James Drury (the Virginian), Richard 'Oscar Goldman' Anderson from television's Bionic Man.