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.
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 <Sargebri@att.net>
The scenes in the spacious corridors of the secret CMDF medical facility were filmed in lower and upper concourses of the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. Director Richard Fleischer would later use the arena for exteriors in Soylent Green (1973). See more »
The number on the nose of the Boeing 707 changes from 6746 to 7744. See more »
[as the submarine enters the brain]
Yet all the suns that light the corridors of the universe shine dim before the blazing of a single thought...
...proclaiming in incandescent glory the myriad mind of Man.
Very poetic, gentlemen. Let me know when we pass the soul.
The soul? The finite mind cannot comprehend infinity, and the soul, which comes from God, is infinite.
Yes, but our time isn't.
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`Grant, help! My hands are trapped! Get me out!! Get me out!!!'
`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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