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Fantastic Voyage (1966)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi  |  24 August 1966 (USA)
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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.



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Journey Into The Living Body Of A Man! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

24 August 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Microscopia  »

Box Office


$5,115,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »


Grant: [as the team enters a door marked "Sterilization Room"] How much can a man give to his country?
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`Grant, help! My hands are trapped! Get me out!! Get me out!!!'
15 January 2002 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

`Fantastic Voyage' was the first sci-fi movie to employ psychedelic special effects. It was released in 1966 when LSD, hippiedom, and the word "groovy" took America by storm. A medical team in a far-out looking submarine are miniaturized to microscopic size and injected into a scientist's body to fix his brain. They travel through blood plasma, which resembles the inside of a lava lamp. Then they get lost in a rainbow whirlpool and have to journey through the heart, lung, and ear to find their way to the brain. Raquel Welch strips off some of her clothes in one scene, while God and Darwin lock horns in other scenes. God triumphs over Darwin in the end, and we never see Raquel get naked. Rated: Gee

Alan Hale from `Gilligan's Island' was originally cast for `Fantastic Voyage', but was replaced by William Redfield. The actors that star in this film are all dead, except for Raquel Welch.

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