Forbidden Planet

Forbidden Planet

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  • Fred M. Wilcox


  • Walter Pidgeon
  • Anne Francis
  • Leslie Nielsen

A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.

In this sci-fi classic, loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, a spacecraft travels to the distant planet Altair IV to discover the fate of a group of scientists sent there decades earlier. When Commander John J. Adams (Leslie Nielsen) and his crew arrive, they discover only two people: Dr. Morbius (Walter Pidgeon) and his daughter, Altaira (Anne Francis), who was born on the remote planet. The two have created an Eden-like world that is guarded by their obedient robot, Robby. Gradually, Adams uncovers the mystery of what happened on Altair IV, and why Morbius and Altaira are the sole survivors.

Past Programs


The Science of Artificial Intelligence

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA


The Field of Robotics

Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT



Technology, synthesis, and film scoring

Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN