Forbidden Planet


2018 OMSI Sci Fi Film Fest Selection


Robot Theater, Saturday, Aug. 18: attend this screening for a free pass to our feature exhibition!


Forbidden Planet is a pioneering work whose ideas and style would be reverse-engineered into many subsequent cinematic space voyages. Leslie Nielsen portrays the commander who brings his spacecruiser crew to the green-skied Altair-4 world that's home to Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon), his daughter (Anne Francis), the remarkable Robby the Robot.... and to a mysterious terror.


Considered one of the 1950's oustanding science fiction films, Forbidden Planet received Academy Award nominations for both it's special effects and musical score, the latter being the first all-electronic musical soundscape in film history.  The 1956 MGM production also boasted several science fiction film firsts, including the first depiction of space travel in a human-created starship and the first story set entirely on another world. 


With a plot frequently compared to Shakespeare's The Tempest, the film was a landmark on multiple levels. Writes critic Tom Huddleston: "No other sci-fi film up to this point had dealt with such powerful concepts: an entire race of alien telepaths brought low by their own vaulting ambition; a man so consumed by Freudian passion that he can’t bear to let his daughter out of his sight; a spaceship full of ordinary guys just bored to death of intergalactic travel. Add to this some still-impressive effects, a wonderful swooping electronic score and the dry, ironic presence of that mechanical icon Robby the Robot, and the result is a film that stands up to modern scrutiny at every turn. "


Duration: 98 mins. | Rating: G

Sci Fi Festival Passes
Plan on attending multiple shows or events? Buy an exclusive Festival pass and save! Pass holders receive access to festival screenings on a space available basis including the August 8 Reel Science. A special discount is offered to the August 23 Reel Eats event. Passes are not transferable.
$30 Adult / $25 Youth (3-13) & Senior (63+)
Add $25 to either pass level for the August 23 Reel Eats screening of Blade Runner. 

OMSI members receive $3 off any pass option.


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