Forbidden Area (1956)

This thing is not only gonna happen, the facts indicate that it’s happening now, enemy submarines are heading for our Gulf Coast.” – Col. Jesse Price

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Aug 2021)

Brief Synopsis – In a top secret Air Force base, an officer tries to figure out what happened to a number of Bombers as a fleet of Russian Submarines reach within striking distance of the US.

My Take on it – This is a story that was probably more powerful when it was made than now due to the tension of the Cold War during the 1950’s.

Charleston Heston does a great job as the lead investigator trying to discover where and how these bombers were sabotaged.

The story mostly takes place in the same location and that adds to the claustrophobic feel of it all.

The dialogue is great as the characters constantly debate the merits and repercussions of the events that are unfolding around them.

Being able to show both political stances of this kind of problem; from hawks and doves is great and gives the viewer much insight into the way things were seen then especially given how not much has changed in 65 years.

The supporting cast is also great with Vincent Price, Tab Hunter, Jackie Coogan, Diana Lynn and Charles Bickford all being able to add to the tension and suspense of the story as it gets more and more tense along the way.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Standing in for the B-99s were Boeing B-52 Stratofortresses, in service to the US Air Force since 1955 and are expected to remain in service into the 2050s. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)


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