Forbidden Planet

Continuity mistake: During the alien's assault on the ship, one crewman is seen near the spaceship's stairs firing a weapon. However, the weapon is pointed at a forty-five to sixty degree angle - at this angle, he would hit the bottom of the ship, not the alien that is much farther out.

Phoenix

Factual error: At the end of the movie the cast is counting down to the explosion of the Krell furnaces. They reach zero and the furnaces explode. They see the light from the explosion just it happens. But they are 100 million miles out by then. The light would have taken over 8 minutes, about as long as light from the sun takes to reach earth, to reach the ship.

Plot hole: Krell doorways and equipment suggest they are short, wide and 2-3 times larger than a human. Yet the shuttle pod the Commander, Doctor and Morbius ride in is designed for human size beings.

Grumpy Scot

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Trivia: This movie was based on William Shakespeare's play "The Tempest."

Trivia: To save money, many of the set backdrops in this film were recycled from The Wizard of Oz. This is most obvious in Morbius' garden.

Phoenix

Lt. 'Doc' Ostrow: You ought to see my new mind... it's up there in lights.

Cook: Another one of them new worlds. No beer, no women, no pool parlors, nothin'. Nothin' to do but throw rocks at tin cans, and we gotta bring our own tin cans.

Lt. 'Doc' Ostrow: The total potential here must be nothing less than astronomical.
Dr. Morbius: Nothing less. The number 10 raised almost literally to the power of infinity.

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Question: Can someone explain how all the special effects were done, such as the electronic blasters rays, and the sound effects? As the film was from 1956 there were no electronic keyboards then and the sounds are very futuristic.

Chosen answer: Many of the sound effects use an electictronic instrument called a theremin which was invented in 1919. You may hear it used more musically in The Beach Boys song "Good Vibrations." The visual effects would have been animated composites as used in Star Wars and Ghostbusters.

Myridon

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