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The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981) Poster

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John Landis was the original director of the project. In his version, the film would have ended with the heroine giving a speech in Washington D.C. when she was less than a foot tall. Universal wanted the budget scaled back from $30 million to $10 million, so the script was rewritten and Landis dropped out.
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.
The film's screen-writer Jane Wagner was a life partner and collaborator of lead actress Lily Tomlin.
The film's title is a variation on and spoof of The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) made and released around twenty-four years earlier. In fact, both movies are based on the same source Richard Matheson novel "The Shrinking Man".
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The film was made and released about twenty-five years after its source novel "The Shrinking Man" by author Richard Matheson was first published in 1956.
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Lead actress Lily Tomlin plays four characters in the movie. They are Edith Ann, telephone operator Ernestine, neighbor Judith Beasley, and central character Pat Kramer.
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Debut theatrical feature film directed by Joel Schumacher.
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The character of neighbor Judith Beasley played by Lily Tomlin was derived from one of Tomlin's live stand-up shows.
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Make-up artist Rick Baker portrays Sidney the Gorilla himself in this film which was released in the same 1981 year that An American Werewolf in London (1981) was released, the film that Baker won the first ever Academy Award (Oscar) for Make-Up.
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Appearing in this movie, actresses Elizabeth Wilson and Lily Tomlin had just previously co-starred together in Nine to Five (1980).
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Actor Dick Wilson played a supermarket store manager character which was similar to his famous "Charmin Tissue" TV commercial character of Mr. Whipple.
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The Ernestine and Edith Ann characters played by Lily Tomlin were from Tomlin's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1967) TV show.
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The name of the new perfume that made Lily Tomlin shrink was called "Sex Pot".
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The name of the medical facility where Lily Tomlin got assessed for shrinking was "The Kleinman Institute". "Klein" is the German / Dutch word for "small".
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The television program that Lily Tomlin appeared on was The Mike Douglas Show (1961) which was a real life TV talk show which ended in 1982 not long after this movie was made and released in 1981.
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