At the time of its creation in 1956, Forbidden Planet was the most expensive science fiction ever made. The MGM production team went all out, and the resulting film was a technical marvel, breaking new ground in special effects, set design, and sound. Though it struggled to make its money back upon release, the film had staying power as a landmark of ambitious cinema. Before long Forbidden Planet took on a new stature and influenced a generation of filmmakers and authors, paving the way for future sci-fi endeavors like Star Trek, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Star Wars.
"Alta, about a million years from now the human race will have crawled up to where the Krell stood in their great moment of triumph and tragedy. And your father's name will shine again like a beacon in the galaxy. It's true. It will remind us that we are, after all, not God." -- Commander Adams (Forbidden Planet)