A pulp-fiction sci-fi classic, Forbidden Planet stars Leslie Nielsen as a heroic starship captain who finds the paradise planet Altair-IV, which is inhabited by Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon) and his daughter, the sole survivors of an earlier expedition. Morbius uncovered the secrets of the long-lost civilization that made Altair-IV a paradise -- the same secrets that unknowingly destroyed the society!
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- Fred M. Wilcox
- This movie is
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 1957 Academy Award®
- Best Visual Effects nominee
Widescreen 2.35:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: DTS-HD Master Audio, French: Dolby Digital Mono, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; deleted scenes and lost footage; feature film "The Invisible Boy"; The Thin Man TV series episode "Robot Client"; TCM original documentary "Watch the Skies!: Science Fiction, the 1950s and US"; additional featurettes; trailer and more.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Forbidden Planet is a classic B-movie sci-fi film originally released in 1956. For all its "futuristic" speculation on mankind's adventures in outer space in the early 24th century, the attitudes and gender roles are rooted in the Eisenhower era. There's some kissing and a few sexual innuendos as the all-male crew of astronauts encounters the first woman they've seen in a year, but it's all pretty tame, especially by today's standards. There are brief moments of violence -- ray guns shooting at invisible aliens and such -- but they're also tame relative to the level found in current movies. The spaceship's cook has a robot make him 50 gallons of bourbon, some of which he drinks. Overall, this film is a slice of quaint kitsch from the onset of the Space Age.
- Sexual Content
- A male astronaut offers to teach a pretty girl who has only lived with her father on an isolated planet how to hug and kiss. Some '50s-style insinuations are made about "the view from where I'm standing" as an astronaut looks over at the pretty girl in a short skirt. The commander of the ship lectures her about not wearing skimpy clothes to avoid "exciting" his fellow astronauts, who have been on a lonely spaceship for the past year.
- A ray gun is fired at a pouncing tiger, which immediately disintegrates. Astronauts fire ray guns at a giant invisible monster.
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- Human emotions like anger and jealousy are powerful destructive forces. Also, be careful what you create with science -- if it gets out of control, it can destroy its creator. Commander Adams sees Dr. Morbius' undoing as a cautionary tale, reminding us that "after all, we are not God."
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- The spaceship's cook discovers that a robot living on the "forbidden planet" can create anything he wants, so he shows the robot a bottle of bourbon, takes a large sip, then passes it to the robot, who also takes a giant sip to determine its chemical composition. Then the robot makes 50 gallons of it.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it