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Fantastic Voyage -- In this legendary science fiction adventure, a surgical task force is reduced to microbe size to perform a delicate operation inside the brain of a dying scientist.  After the tiny crew have just begun their voyage, it becomes clear that there is a sabote
Fantastic Voyage -- A diplomat 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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Harry Kleiner (screenplay)
David Duncan (adaptation)
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Release Date:
24 August 1966 (USA) See more »
The screen's most fantastic voyage See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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And What A Trip It Is! See more (84 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stephen Boyd ... Grant

Raquel Welch ... Cora

Edmond O'Brien ... General Carter

Donald Pleasence ... Dr. Michaels

Arthur O'Connell ... Col. Donald Reid
William Redfield ... Capt. Bill Owens

Arthur Kennedy ... Dr. Duval
Jean Del Val ... Jan Benes
Barry Coe ... Communications Aide
Ken Scott ... Secret Service
Shelby Grant ... Nurse

James Brolin ... Technician
Brendan Fitzgerald ... Wireless Operator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brendon Boone ... MP (uncredited)
Kenneth MacDonald ... Henry - Heart Monitoring (uncredited)
Christopher Riordan ... Young Scientist (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Fleischer 
Writing credits
Harry Kleiner (screenplay)

David Duncan (adaptation)

Otto Klement (story) and
Jerome Bixby (story) (as Jay Lewis Bixby)

Produced by
Saul David .... producer
Original Music by
Leonard Rosenman 
Cinematography by
Ernest Laszlo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
William B. Murphy 
Art Direction by
Dale Hennesy 
Jack Martin Smith 
Set Decoration by
Stuart A. Reiss (set decorations)
Walter M. Scott (set decorations)
Makeup Department
Margaret Donovan .... hair styles
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Production Management
Eric Stacey .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ad Schaumer .... assistant director
Sound Department
David Dockendorf .... sound
Bernard Freericks .... sound
Walter Rossi .... sound effects (uncredited)
Richard Sperber .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (uncredited)
Greg C. Jensen .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
Art Cruickshank .... special photographic effects
Emil Kosa Jr. .... special photographic effects
Jason Richardson .... restoration artist (restored version)
Marcel Delgado .... miniatures (uncredited)
Donna Garrett .... stunts (uncredited)
Sol Gorss .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Victor Arno .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Artie Kane .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Mitchell Lurie .... musician: clarinet (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Emil Richards .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Leonard Rosenman .... conductor (uncredited)
Leonard Rosenman .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Peter Foy .... technical adviser: flying sequences
Harper Goff .... creative production researcher
Richard Kuhn .... titles
Fred Zendar .... technical adviser
Marie Kenney .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Christopher Riordan .... leg double: Steven Boyd (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Rated PG for mild violence and language
100 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:G | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:K-12 | Japan:G (2009) | Netherlands:14 (1966) | Portugal:M/6 | Spain:T | Sweden:15 | UK:U (video rating) (1988) (1995) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating: additional material) (2013) | USA:PG | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #20942) (original rating) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

In his book, special effects man L.B. Abbott writes about making use of a giant champagne glass built for another movie to fill with water and use for the whirlpool sequence when the ship is sucked through a tear in the artery. Althougth he doesn't mention the movie's name, it is most likely the film _What a Way to Go (1964)_ which had a sequence of Shirley MacLaine lounging in a giant champagne glass.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: 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 »
[as the submarine enters the brain]
Dr. Duval:Yet all the suns that light the corridors of the universe shine dim before the blazing of a single thought...
Grant:- proclaiming in incandescent glory the myriad mind of Man...
Dr. Michaels:Very poetic, gentlemen. Let me know when we pass the soul.
Dr. Duval:The soul? The finite mind cannot comprehend infinity - and the soul, which comes from God, is infinite.
Dr. Michaels:Yes, well, our time isn't.
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Wasn't this movie based on an Isaac Asimov tale?
Wasn't this movie remade in the 1980s?
When do they get injected into the patient's body?
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24 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
And What A Trip It Is!, 24 February 2003
Author: ClassixFan from USA

This film was originally introduced to me at about 8 or 9 years of age on a Saturday afternoon and it quickly became a favorite of mine. This film tells the story of a brilliant scientist who is injured on his way to offer the U.S. military some much needed info for miniaturizing people and objects and allowing them to stay in the miniature state beyond the now 60 minute time limit the military is faced with. With a top-notch cast that includes; Stephen Boyd, Edmond O'Brien, Donald Pleasence and Raquel Welch as the medical Dr.'s and scientists that are miniaturized and injected into the scientists body in an effort to repair a wound that can't be fixed through the usual means. The effects in this film are truly amazing and make for a lot of fun as the sub/crew journey through the body and face problems along the way, especially as they are attacked as foreign bodies by the scientist's own natural defense system. If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing this little gem, by all means find it and rent it and if it's been a while, why not revisit this film, I'm amazed at how well it stands up, even after almost 40 years since it's release.

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