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The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

Passed  -  Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller  -  April 1957 (USA)
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Whe Scott Carey begins to shrink because of exposure to a combination of radiation and insecticide, medical science is powerless to help him.

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Complete credited cast:
Grant Williams ...
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Louise Carey
April Kent ...
Clarice
Paul Langton ...
Charlie Carey
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Doctor Thomas Silver
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Doctor Arthur Bramson
Frank J. Scannell ...
Barker (as Frank Scannell)
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Nurse
Diana Darrin ...
Nurse
Billy Curtis ...
Midget
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lock Martin ...
Giant (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Scott Carey and his wife Louise are sunning themselves on their cabin cruiser, the small craft adrift on a calm sea. While his wife is below deck, a low mist passes over him. Scott, lying in the sun, is sprinkled with glittery particles that quickly evaporate. Later he is accidentally sprayed with an insecticide while driving and, in the next few days, he finds that he has begun to shrink. First just a few inches, so that his clothes no longer fit, then a little more. Soon he is only three feet tall, and a national curiosity. At six inches tall he can only live in a doll's house and even that becomes impossible when his cat breaks in. Scott flees to the cellar, his wife thinks he has been eaten by the cat and the door to the cellar is closed, trapping him in the littered room where, menaced by a giant spider, he struggles to survive. Written by alfiehitchie

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Victim of weird mist ! Day by day he shrinks! Science is baffled! Cat becomes monster! Terror at every turn! Deadly spider attacks! Lost in a flood's fury! See more »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Scott Carey's closing soliloquy was added to the script by director Jack Arnold. See more »

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When Scott approaches the bird behind the wire mesh, he is holding the piece of cake with his left hand. Next shot the piece of cake is in his right hand. See more »

Quotes

[closing soliloquy narration]
Scott Carey: I was continuing to shrink, to become... what? The infinitesimal? What was I? Still a human being? Or was I the man of the future? If there were other bursts of radiation, other clouds drifting across seas and continents, would other beings follow me into this vast new world? So close - the infinitesimal and the infinite. But suddenly, I knew they were really the two ends of the same concept. The unbelievably small and the unbelievably vast eventually meet - like ...
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Terratin Incident (1973) See more »

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The Incredible Shrinking Man Theme
Written by Foster Carling and Earl E. Lawrence
Played by Ray Anthony
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A Sci-Fi film with a good script. Who could believe it?
20 September 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is more than a Sci-Fi film, this is really a good movie. On the Sci-Fi side, the effects are mostly good. But the script is great, one of the greatest for a Sci-Fi film. And I love the last line, "To God, there is no zero." Sure it's a movie about a guy who shrinks, but it can be related to any person. As for the time it was made in, it blows just about every other sci-fi/horror made in the 50's to pieces with the exception of a few films. A must see for a fan of 50's sci-fi and a must see for any fan of good writing. I give it an 8 out of 10


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