W: Cyril Hume [based on 'The Tempest' by
DP: George Folsey
Ed: Ferris Webster
Mus: Louis Barron & Bebe Barron
PD: Cedric Gibbons & Arthur Lonergan
Cos: Helen Rose & Walter Plunkett
Walter Pidgeon (Dr. Edward Morbius), Anne Francis (Altaira
Morbius), Leslie Nielsen (Cmdr. John Adams), Warren Stevens (Lt. 'Doc' Ostrow), Jack Kelly (Lt. Farman), Richard Anderson (Chief Quinn)
One of the definitive science fiction movies of all time,
inspired by the plot from William Shakespeare's play, The Tempest.
Set in the year 2200 AD, a spaceship visits the planet
Altair to discover the fate of a previous mission, only to find a deserted world populated only by Dr. Morbius (Prospero in The Tempest), his daughter and their protective robot, Robby. It
transpires that the mad doctor created monsters from his own imagination to protect himself and his daughter, leading to a showdown between the visiting crew's captain and
While the film may not possess the best dialogue, it still
has an intelligent screenplay, memorable characters and several iconic scenes and designs (especially Robby the Robot).
Many might say it looks and feel incredibly dated now, but
it will always be considered a classic and milestone of the sci-fi genre.