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The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

Passed | | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | April 1957 (USA)
When 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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Cast

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Louise Carey
April Kent ...
Clarice
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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
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Nurse
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Midget
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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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Hour by hour he gets smaller - and _smaller_! See more »


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April 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die unglaubliche Geschichte des Mr. C  »

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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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As Scott goes out into the night to the diner, people walking around cast shadows on the ground. Yet, Scott casts no shadow at all. See more »

Quotes

Scott Carey: The cellar stretched before me like some vast primeval plain, empty of life, littered with the relics of a vanished race. No desert island castaway ever faced so bleak a prospect.
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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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My favorite '50s sci fi movie
24 August 2003 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

This has always been one of my favorite science fiction/horror movies from the 1950s.

This is an existential science fiction movie. Man alone against the universe is always a powerful topic, and writer Richard Matheson, who adapted his own novel for the screen, does an admirable job. Grant Williams' character isn't fighting aliens or demons, but rather the extraordinary circumstance of his mysterious shrinking, and the unforeseen consequences of his ever-dwindling size.

I love the fight with the spider, but my favorite part of the movie is the final monologue. It adds another half a star to an already extraordinary film.


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