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The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981)

PG  |   |  Sci-Fi, Comedy, Fantasy  |  30 January 1981 (USA)
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When an ordinary woman is exposed to a unique mix of chemicals, she begins to uncontrollably physically shrink.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Pat Kramer / Judith Beasley / Telephone Operator
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Vance Kramer
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Dan Beame
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Dr. Eugene Nortz
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Dr. Ruth Ruth
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Rob
Maria Smith ...
Concepcion
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Sandra Dyson
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Tom Keller
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Logan Carver
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Lyle Parks (as James McMullan)
Shelby Balik ...
Beth Kramer
Justin Dana ...
Jeff Kramer
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Sidney (as Richard A. Baker)
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Himself
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Storyline

After being exposed to a bizarre mixture of household chemicals, Pat Kramer begins to shrink. This baffles scientists, makes parenting difficult, warms the hearts of Americans, and captures the attention of a group of people who want to take over the world. This evil group plots to kidnap Pat and perform experiments on her so that they can eventually shrink everyone. Written by Dave Smith <dave@stat.colostate.edu>

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Lily Tomlin has a little problem...

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Sci-Fi | Comedy | Fantasy

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30 January 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Incrível Mulher Que Encolheu  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Robert Blalack's tests exist of Lily Tomlin in various scenes that were shot for the film in the 3D format, which was having a resurgence of interest in the US at the time. It was produced and released in 2D, however. See more »

Goofs

When the Cramers leave the clinic after being told the diagnosis, Pat is wearing a light blue double-breasted blazer over a peach dress, both of which are too large for her. Later in the film, one of the female newscasters is shown on television wearing the exact same outfit. See more »

Quotes

Pat Kramer: The Strange, almost stranger than strange. Unbelievable story of, Pat Kramer is the one that must be told. I know because unfortunately, I am Pat Kramer.
[rewinds tape recorder, and puts it on play]
Pat Kramer: [Tape Recorder] The strange, almost stranger than strange...
[stops tape recorder]
Jeff Kramer: Hey, Mom!
Pat Kramer: I'm busy, Jeff!
Jeff Kramer: Mom, it's an emergency!
Pat Kramer: Honey, what is it? Jeff, what is it?
Jeff Kramer: [Jeff and friends taking pictures of Pat, in front of her doll house] Say Cheese! Make believe, there's a birdie there, pose!
Pat Kramer: Jeff, go...
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¡Ay Yay Yay, Ayúdame!
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Music by Suzanne Ciani
Vocal and lyrics by Milton Cardona and 'José Mangual, Jr.'
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Loved this Lily Tomlin movie from the 80's when I was a kid.
21 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

If I were still a child I would perhaps give it a higher score, but from what I remember it did get a bit lame at times and the effects while good for a kid would not stand up as well now. Still, it was a funny movie about a woman whose husband is like with an ad office or with a company that makes a lot of different products. Whatever he was, his job made it so his wife came into contact with a lot of different products which in turn causes her to start to become smaller and smaller. At first there are just a few subtle signs like her appearance at a window, but soon it becomes very apparent. While she gets shorter and shorter she gains the attention of a rather dangerous person and ends up imprisoned. The film for the most part is funny, kind of strange turns here and there such as the monkey, but hey it was never meant to be a serious film. It does though get a bit to dark in the end for the type of movie it was up until that point. Still, Lily Tomlin is great in the lead role as the shrinking woman and Charles Grodin does an admirable job as the father, though it is a role he can do in his sleep.


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