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In the year 2200, Commander John J Adams (Leslie Nielsen) leads an expedition of American astronauts, leaving Earth to journey for 378 days to Altair IV (the 'forbidden planet') to investigate the disappearance of the research party and colonisers sent some 20 years earlier.
Shakespeare's The Tempest is magnificently transformed into this sumptuous big-budget (for its day) sci-fi film.
It's ambitiously directed by Fred Wilcox (the play is updated with Freudian twists, but the film remains faithful in spirit and plot line) and was the first genuine sci-fi film from MGM studios.
FORBIDDEN PLANET was lushly filmed in CinemaScope and remains a classic of the 1950s..