Down 328 this week

Fantastic Voyage (1966)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi  |  24 August 1966 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 12,366 users  
Reviews: 84 user | 63 critic

A scientist is nearly assassinated. In order to save him, a submarine is shrunken to microscopic size and injected into his blood stream with a small crew. Problems arise almost as soon as they enter the bloodstream.



(screenplay), (adaptation), 2 more credits »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


Top 25 Trivia Items From the Last 25 Years

Here are some amazing facts and figures to deepen your appreciation of the movies you love.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 30 Dec 2010
a list of 42 titles
created 01 Jun 2011
a list of 32 titles
created 21 Dec 2013
list image
a list of 30 titles
created 07 Jul 2014
a list of 45 titles
created 5 months ago

Related Items

Search for "Fantastic Voyage" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Fantastic Voyage (1966)

Fantastic Voyage (1966) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Fantastic Voyage.

User Polls

Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox
Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An Edinburgh professor and assorted colleagues follow an explorer's trail down an extinct Icelandic volcano to the earth's center.

Director: Henry Levin
Stars: James Mason, Pat Boone, Arlene Dahl
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A ship sent to investigate a wave of mysterious sinkings encounters the advanced submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by Captain Nemo.

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Kirk Douglas, James Mason, Paul Lukas
Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

As a new star and planet hurtle toward a doomed Earth, a small group of survivalists frantically work to complete the rocket which will take them to their new home.

Director: Rudolph Maté
Stars: Richard Derr, Barbara Rush, Peter Hansen
Adventure | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

During the Civil War a group of Union soldiers and two Confederates escape the stockade using a hot air balloon and end up on a strange Pacific island.

Director: Cy Endfield
Stars: Michael Craig, Joan Greenwood, Michael Callan
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The legendary Greek hero leads a team of intrepid adventurers in a perilous quest for the legendary Golden Fleece.

Director: Don Chaffey
Stars: Todd Armstrong, Nancy Kovack, Gary Raymond
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A research vessel finds a missing ship, commanded by a mysterious scientist, on the edge of a black hole.

Director: Gary Nelson
Stars: Maximilian Schell, Anthony Perkins, Robert Forster
Family | Fantasy | Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When a princess is shrunken by an evil wizard, Sinbad must undertake a quest to an island of monsters to cure her and prevent a war.

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: Kerwin Mathews, Kathryn Grant, Richard Eyer
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A film adaption of the myth of Perseus and his quest to battle both Medusa and the Kraken monster to save the Princess Andromeda.

Director: Desmond Davis
Stars: Laurence Olivier, Harry Hamlin, Claire Bloom
Duck Pimples (1945)
Comedy | Family | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Donald Duck becomes a suspect in a whodunit of his own imagination.

Director: Jack Kinney
Stars: Billy Bletcher, Mary Lenahan, Clarence Nash
Adventure | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A ten-year-old boy and Robby the Robot team up to prevent a Super Computer from controlling the Earth from a satellite.

Director: Herman Hoffman
Stars: Richard Eyer, Philip Abbott, Diane Brewster
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Sinbad The Sailor sails to deliver a cursed prince to a dangerous island in the face of deadly opposition from a powerful witch.

Director: Sam Wanamaker
Stars: Patrick Wayne, Jane Seymour, Taryn Power


Complete credited cast:
William Redfield ...
Jean Del Val ...
Barry Coe ...
Communications Aide
Ken Scott ...
Secret Service
Shelby Grant ...
Brendan Fitzgerald ...
Wireless Operator


Scientist Jan Benes, who knows the secret to keeping soldiers shrunken for an indefinite period, escapes from behind the Iron Curtain with the help of CIA agent Grant. While being transferred, their motorcade is attacked. Benes strikes his head, causing a blood clot to form in his brain. Grant is ordered to accompany a group of scientists as they are miniaturized. The crew has one hour to get in Benes's brain, remove the clot and get out. Written by Brian Washington <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A Fantastic And Spectacular Voyage... Through The Human Body... Into The Brain. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

24 August 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Microscopia  »

Box Office


$5,115,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


During filming, one of the two 3 inch "Proteus" models used in the miniaturization sequence was left by an open window and was subsequently carried off by a crow. See more »


When Grant is being driven up the ramp at CMDF, a shadow of crew member holding a boom is visible at first turn and another shadow is visible at the top of the ramp just before the camera pulls back. See more »


Capt. Bill Owens: Mr Grant, send a message telling them that the Proteus is ready.
Grant: The Proteus, what's that?
Capt. Bill Owens: That's the name of this vessel; sounds better than calling it the U91O35.
See more »


Spoofed in Muppet Babies: Scooter's Uncommon Cold (1986) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Superior Sci-Fi Adventure!
9 July 2002 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

The premise of "Fantastic Voyage" seemed very unlikely in 1966, however in 2002 I'm not so sure.

The story concerns a top secret miniaturization program being developed by the Americans and concurrently by "the other side". A scientist from the other side has the secret of counteracting the situation where the miniaturization effects wear off after one hour. Unfortunately, the scientist receives a brain injury in an assassination attempt. This results in General Carter (Edmond O'Brien), the commanding officer of the project deciding to "send in" a team of experts miniaturized, to the injured man's brain to repair the damage.

The team consists of Drs. Duval (Arthur Kennedy) and Michaels (Donald Pleasance), Pilot Capt. Owens (William Redfield) and the romantic leads, Grant (Stephen Boyd) and the ever lovely Raquel Welch as Duval's assistant. Assisting O'Brien as a medical expert is Arthur O'Connell as Col. Reid. Of course, as in most film's of this type there is the inevitable fifth columnist aboard. The acting is good, particluarly the performances of veterans Kennedy, Pleasance, O'Brien and O'Connell.

The real star of the "Fantastic Voyage" are its amazing special effects. Filmed long before today's computerized digital effects, this film still makes believable, the illusion of a team of people being injected into a person's bloodstream. To fully appreciate the effects the viewer should see it in its widescreen format.

Watch for James Brolin in a small role as one of the lab technicians. And if you get bored, there's always (snort, pant, drool) Raquel in her form fitting diving suit.

31 of 36 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
So how many episodes of tv shows has this movie inspired? FrankDrebinPoliceSquad
What became of Benes with the Proteus still inside him? pschwens
This movie really should be remade... who would be a good cast? Perkunas
Miniatualization and mass okamoto-ryoji
Hilarious! delfin-14
Remake jaceperley
Discuss Fantastic Voyage (1966) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: