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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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Director:
Writers:
Harry Kleiner (screenplay)
David Duncan (adaptation)
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Release Date:
24 August 1966 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The screen's most fantastic voyage See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Fantastic Voyage.... a trip that's quite worth taking. See more (79 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
Stunts
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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MPAA:
Rated PG for mild violence and language
Runtime:
100 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
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

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Trivia:
The scenes of crewmembers swimming outside the sub were shot on dry soundstages with the actors suspended from wires. There was some additional hazard involved because, to avoid reflections from the metal, the wires were washed in acid to roughen them, which made them more likely to break. To create the impression of swimming in a resisting medium, the scenes were shot at 50% greater speed than normal, then played back at normal speed.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: After the Proteus has finished Phase 1 shrinking and is placed in a test tube, it submerges and descends deep into the tube. During the descent there are several shots looking up past the commander toward the surface. Many bubbles can be seen rising and striking the surface a short distance above the sub. In each upward shot the distance to the surface never changes, even though the sub is shown to be descending rapidly in other shots.See more »
Quotes:
Grant:What happened?
Capt. Bill Owens:Dr Michaels... went berserk.
Grant:Berserk nothing!
Dr. Michaels:Help! Get me out, my hands are trapped, I can't move my hands. I'm stuck and I can't... I can't move my hands... Get me out.
[white corpuscle begins to devour submarine]
Dr. Michaels:Get me out! Get me out!
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FAQ

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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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic Voyage.... a trip that's quite worth taking., 14 September 2006
Author: zeitschik from United States

Back in 1966, long, long before the world was turned upside down and inside out on Sept. 11, the world was a very different place. The movies were quite different and science fiction pictures depended more on good writing and less on special effects. Partly because the phrase "computer generated" was years away. In 1966, 20th Century Fox released a very clever, well-written and innovative movie called, "Fantastic Voyage". The on-screen foreword informed the viewers that they were going to be taken to a place that no one had been before, and see things that had been, until that point in time, never been seen by human beings. I'm sure that this film had its fair share of technical advisors putting in a lot more than their 2 cents worth to make sure that the film accurately depicted human anatomy. The plot... A scientist, Jan Benes, has defected from behind the Iron Curtain, has, with the help of Grant, one of our top CIA operatives. Benes has decided to give his expertise with Miniaturization to the US. The "other side" has no choice but to try to kill him before he can breathe a word of it. The assassination attempt is made, but Benes barely survives, falling into a coma. After the movie's credits finish rolling, Grant is brought to a secret, gov't location. There, he meets Gen. Carter, who is in charge of the CMDF - Combined Miniature Deterent Forces. They can shrink anything; cars, planes, tanks, people way down in size, thus enabling them to become unseen military weapons. The problem: both sides have this capability. Another problem is... there is a time limit. They can only stay miniaturized for 60 minutes. After that the object or person automatically starts to grow. Benes had the answer to this problem, but he will need special medical treatment to regain consciousness. That's where Grant and a special team of doctors, technicians and such will have to go into action. After Grant meets the rest of the team, the surgeons in charge, Dr. Duvall and Dr. Michaels go over their plan to remove the blood clot in Benes' brain. They will board a special Navy submarine, called The Proteus, be miniaturized and injected into Benes' body by hypodermic needle. Naturally, the crew runs into Murphy's Law and a job that was expected to take 10 to 15 minutes takes much, much longer. The ending in the movie differs quite a bit from the book written by Isaac Azimov (I know because I read it... twice), and there are a number sub-plot twists that made me shake my head, but seeing Ms. Welch in that wet suit made it more than worth while. I consider this movie to be one of my very favorite sci-fi/fantasy flicks from the '60s. If you haven't seen it yet, for whatever reason, I can suggest you spend the 100 minutes with some very fine actors, some of whom are no longer with us, such as Stephen Boyd (Grant), Edmund O'Brien (Gen. Carter) and Arthur O'Connell who was in charge of the medical team, and others like Arthur Kennedy (Dr. Duvall), Donald Pleasence (Dr. Michaels) and last but not least, the ever-beautiful, Raquel Welch as Cora Peterson, Dr. Duval's technical assistant. One last thought.... if this movie was remade with present-day technology, i.e. computer generated imaging and the like, there's no telling how it would dazzle the viewers' eye.

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