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Innerspace -- Dennis Quaid star as a rambunctious Navy test pilot undergoes a top-secret miniaturization experiment and is accidentally injected into the body of a hypochondriac clerk (Martin Short).
Innerspace -- A hapless store clerk must foil criminals to save the life of the man who, miniaturized in a secret experiment, was accidentally injected into him.


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1 July 1987 (USA) See more »
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A hapless store clerk must foil criminals to save the life of the man who, miniaturized in a secret experiment, was accidentally injected into him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dennis Quaid ... Lt. Tuck Pendleton

Martin Short ... Jack Putter

Meg Ryan ... Lydia Maxwell

Kevin McCarthy ... Victor Eugene Scrimshaw
Fiona Lewis ... Dr. Margaret Canker

Vernon Wells ... Mr. Igoe

Robert Picardo ... The Cowboy

Wendy Schaal ... Wendy

Harold Sylvester ... Pete Blanchard

William Schallert ... Dr. Greenbush

Henry Gibson ... Mr. Wormwood
John Hora ... Ozzie Wexler

Mark L. Taylor ... Dr. Niles

Orson Bean ... Lydia's Editor

Kevin Hooks ... Duane

Kathleen Freeman ... Dream Lady

Archie Hahn ... Messenger

Dick Miller ... Cab Driver

Kenneth Tobey ... Man in Restroom (as Ken Tobey)

Joe Flaherty ... Waiting Room Patient

Andrea Martin ... Waiting Room Patient
Jason Laskay ... Scrimshaw's Henchman
Frank Miller ... Scrimshaw's Henchman
Shawn Nelson ... Wendell

Christine Avila ... Lab Technician
Alexandra Borrie ... Lab Technician
Jenny Gago ... Lab Technician
Robert Gounley ... Lab Technician

Grainger Hines ... Rusty
Mike Garibaldi ... Cop

Richard McGonagle ... Cop

Terence McGovern ... Travel Agent
Robert Neches ... Lab Guard

Rance Howard ... Supermarket Customer

Chuck Jones ... Supermarket Customer

Laura Waterbury ... Supermarket Customer
Kurt Braunreiter ... Lab Assault Henchman
Robert Gray ... Lab Assault Henchman
Brewster Sears ... Lab Assault Henchman

Alan Blumenfeld ... Man with Camera
Jeffrey Boam ... Lydia's Interviewee
Sydne Squire ... Stewardess
Paul Barselou ... Man on Plane

John Miranda ... Man in Elevator
Jordan Benjamin ... Little Kid in Mall
Roberto Ramirez ... Chef
Virginia Boyle ... Shopping Lady
Herb Mitchell ... Camera Store Clerk
John Harwood ... Lab Henchman

Neil Ross ... Pod Computer (voice)

Charles Aidman ... Speaker at Banquet
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Joe Dante ... Vectorscope Employee (uncredited)
Lorenzo Gaspar ... Waiter (uncredited)
Arthur Kane ... Plane Passenger (uncredited)

Anita Sax ... Woman outside Dancing Club (uncredited)
James Vandervort ... Man Dancing in Club (uncredited)

Directed by
Joe Dante 
Writing credits
Chip Proser (story)

Jeffrey Boam (screenplay) and
Chip Proser (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Finnell .... producer
Peter Guber .... executive producer
Kathleen Kennedy .... co-executive producer
Frank Marshall .... co-executive producer
Jon Peters .... executive producer
Chip Proser .... co-producer
Steven Spielberg .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Andrew Laszlo (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Kent Beyda 
Casting by
Jane Feinberg 
Mike Fenton 
Judy Taylor 
Production Design by
James H. Spencer 
Art Direction by
William F. Matthews  (as William Matthews)
Set Decoration by
Richard C. Goddard 
Costume Design by
Rosanna Norton 
Makeup Department
Stephen Abrums .... makeup artist (as Steve Abrums)
Rob Bottin .... special makeup effects designer and creator
Barbara Lorenz .... hair stylist
John Rizzo .... makeup artist
Joy Zapata .... hair stylist
Production Management
John C. Broderick .... unit production manager (as John Broderick)
Sheridan Dar Reid .... unit production manager: second unit (as Sheridan 'Dar' Reid)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Del Valle .... first assistant director: second unit
Carol Green .... first assistant director: second unit
Carol Green .... second assistant director
Pat Kehoe .... first assistant director
Glenn Randall Jr. .... second unit director
Eric Wall .... second second assistant director
Lope Yap Jr. .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Art Department
Henry Alvarez .... sculptor
Judy Cammer .... set designer
Ronnie Chambers .... lead man
Bruce E. Kasson .... assistant property master (as Bruce Kasson)
Dick Lasley .... production illustrator (as Richard Lasley)
Michael Muscarella .... construction coordinator
David J. Negron .... production illustrator (as David Negron)
Gene Nollman .... set designer
Craig Raiche .... property master
John Schacht .... lead man
John Alvin .... poster artist (uncredited)
John Eaves .... model maker (uncredited)
John Eaves .... propmaker (uncredited)
Jim Pohl .... set designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wayne Allwine .... sound editor
Teresa Eckton .... sound editor
Christopher Flick .... assistant sound editor
Warren Hamilton Jr. .... sound editor
Ken King .... production sound mixer
Robert J. Litt .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark A. Mangini .... supervising sound editor (as Mark Mangini)
Steve Maslow .... sound re-recording mixer
James Matheny .... sound editor
Sonny Pettijohn .... assistant sound editor
John Pospisil .... sound editor
Stephen Purvis .... adr editor (as Steve Purvis)
John Roesch .... foley artist
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
David Schneider .... cable person
Solange S. Schwalbe .... foley editor (as Solange Schwalbe)
Elliot Tyson .... sound re-recording mixer
Douglas Vaughan .... boom operator
David Williams .... foley editor
Walter A. Gest .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Al Broussard .... special effects (as Alfred Broussard)
Mike Edmonson .... special effects foreman (as Michael Edmonson)
James Fredburg .... special effects foreman
Mike Paris .... special effects
Joseph C. Sasgen .... special effects (as Joe Sasgen)
David Wood .... special effects
Michael Wood .... special effects supervisor
Gary D. Bierend .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Rick Anderson .... model maker: ILM
Carl Assmus .... stage technician: ILM
Gordon Baker .... effects animator: ILM
Tom Bertino .... rotoscope technician: ILM
Barbara Brennan .... rotoscope technician: ILM
Jo Carson .... assistant cameraperson: ILM
Sean M. Casey .... sculptor: ILM (as Sean Casey)
Eric Christensen .... model maker: ILM
Blair Clark .... puppeteer: ILM
Gordon Clark .... effects animator: ILM
Walt Conti .... modelshop project chief: ILM (as Walter Conti)
Jeff Doran .... optical camera operator: ILM (as Jeffrey L. Doran)
Don Dow .... visual effects cameraman: ILM
Chrissie England .... production supervisor: ILM
Chuck Eyler .... effects animator: ILM
John V. Fante .... first unit effects cameraman: ILM
Pat Fitzsimmons .... stage manager: ILM (as Patrick Fitzsimmons)
Warren Franklin .... general manager: ILM
Bill George .... model shop supervisor: ILM
Ned Gorman .... visual effects manager: ILM
Cris Hammond .... modelshop project chief: ILM
Robert Hill .... assistant cameraperson: ILM
Edward Hirsh .... stage manager: ILM (as Edward Hirsch)
Jonathan Horton .... sculptor: ILM
Tony Hudson .... sculptor: ILM
Brad Jerrell .... stage technician: ILM
Harley Jessup .... visual effects art director: ILM
Ira Keeler .... model maker: ILM
John Knoll .... animation camera operator: ILM
Pete Kozachik .... visual effects cameraman: ILM (as Peter Kozachik)
James Lim .... optical camera operator: ILM
Caren Marinoff-Montante .... visual effects coordinator
Kim Marks .... visual effects cameraman: ILM
Roberto McGrath .... still photographer: ILM
Scott McNamara .... model maker: ILM
Richard Miller .... sculptor: ILM
Craig Mohagen .... stage technician: ILM
Michael Moore .... visual effects editor: ILM (as Michael S. Moore)
Deborah Morgan .... assistant cameraperson: ILM (as Deborah M. Morgan)
Claudia Mullaly .... sculptor: ILM
Dennis Muren .... visual effects supervisor
Kerry Nordquist .... still photographer: ILM
Buck O'Hare .... stage technician: ILM
Michael Olague .... stage technician: ILM
Ease Owyeung .... modelshop project chief: ILM
Thomas Rosseter .... assistant cameraperson: ILM (as Tom Rosseter)
Wesley Seeds .... sculptor: ILM
Kenneth Smith .... optical supervisor: ILM
Larry Tan .... modelshop project chief: ILM
Rich Townsend .... model maker: ILM
Richard Vander Wende .... conceptual designer: ILM
Harry Walton .... visual effects cameraman/go-motion animator: ILM
Christopher Duddy .... visual effects (uncredited)
Timothy Eaton .... assistant visual effects editor: ILM (uncredited)
Steve Gawley .... model maker (uncredited)
Juniko Moody .... visual effects (uncredited)
Mark Setrakian .... model maker (uncredited)
Bruce Paul Barbour .... stunts (as Bruce Barbour)
Simone Boisseree .... stunts
Russell Dean Bollinger .... stunts
Corey Michael Eubanks .... stunts (as Corey Eubanks)
Dean Raphael Ferrandini .... stunts (as Dean Ferrandini)
Robin Grathwol .... stunts
Clifford Happy .... stunts (as Cliff Happy)
Gene Hartline .... stunts
John Hateley .... stunts
Kent Hays .... stunts
Mike Johnson .... stunts
Joel Kramer .... stunts
Julius LeFlore .... stunts
Bill McIntosh .... stunts
Bill Orsini .... stunts (as Billy Orsini)
Jeff Ramsey .... stunts
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunt coordinator
Glenn Randall Jr. .... stunts
Raphael Rey Gomez .... stunts
Greg Walker .... stunts
Rock A. Walker .... stunts
Dick Warlock .... stunts (as Richard Warlock)
Richard Washington .... stunts
Webster Whinery .... stunts
Jack Williams .... stunts
Cindy Wills .... stunts (as Cindy Wills Hartline)
Al Wyatt Sr. .... stunts
Steven Lambert .... stunt double: Martin Short (uncredited)
Anthony Muto Jr. .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Wayne Baker .... first assistant camera: second unit
Larry Barbier .... still photographer
Timothy Brennan .... dolly grip
Rudy Cruz .... best boy grip
R. Michael De Chellis .... electrical best boy (as Michael De Chellis)
Gene Glick .... gaffer: second unit
Ray Kinzer .... key grip
Jeffrey Laszlo .... camera operator
Ned Martin .... second assistant camera
Stan McClain .... camera operator: second unit
James Plannette .... gaffer
Douglas Ryan .... camera operator: second unit (as Doug Ryan)
Glenn K. Shimada .... first assistant camera (as Glenn Shimada)
Philip Sloan .... key grip: second unit
Joseph A. Unsinn .... video technician (as Joe Unsinn III)
Lynda Vincent .... second assistant camera
David Worth .... director of photography: second unit
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Randy Jonsson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Michael Douglas Middleton .... still photographer: props (uncredited)
Peter Santoro .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Victoria J. Auth .... wardrobe (as Victoria Auth)
Chuck Velasco .... costume supervisor (as Charles Velasco)
Editorial Department
Alan Baumgarten .... assistant editor
Mark Goldblatt .... additional editor
Terry Haggar .... color timer
Jean Morrisey .... assistant editor
Hilarie Roope .... assistant editor
Music Department
Bruce Botnick .... music recording mixer
Kenneth Hall .... music editor
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Bruce Robb .... music engineer: theme song
Bruce Robb .... music mixer: theme song
Bruce Robb .... music producer: theme song
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (uncredited)
Greg Fulginiti .... music engineer (uncredited)
Vladimir Horunzhy .... musician (uncredited)
Vladimir Horunzhy .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Norman Ludwin .... bass (uncredited)
Norman Ludwin .... musician (uncredited)
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Marlo Hellerstein .... transportation captain
David Marder .... transportation coordinator
Anthony Muto Jr. .... picture vehicles (uncredited)
Other crew
Steph Benseman .... location manager
Peggy Biocini .... script supervisor: second unit
Ronald Booner .... craft service
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer
Scot Holton .... unit publicist
Scot J. Kelly .... production runner (as Scot Kelly)
Gentry Lee .... technical advisor
Kool Marder .... production secretary (as Kool Lusby-Marder)
Lisa Miller .... production runner
Mark Miller .... production runner
Betty Moos .... assistant: Mr. Dante and Mr. Finnell
Jaime Moriguchi .... medical advisor
Julie Moskowitz .... assistant: Mr. Spielberg
Richard Murken .... production runner (as Rick Murken)
David Oliver .... title designer
Peggy Rosson .... production accountant
Scott Shapiro .... production runner
P.R. Tooke .... script supervisor: second unit (as Patricia Tooke)
Anne Warner .... script supervisor
Mady Manson Burza .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)
Bundy Chanock .... set medic (uncredited)
Blair Clark .... machinist (uncredited)
Paul Hargrave .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
L. James Langlois .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
120 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Did You Know?

The filmmakers used two different shopping malls for the scene where the doctor injects Tuck into Jack's rear. The opening scenes where the doctor runs in and heads for the elevator were shot in the Northridge Mall in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles (also the epicenter of the '94 quake). The scene where he reaches the top and rams the syringe into Jack was filmed on the top floor of the Sherman Oaks Galleria, another mall several miles away.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Mr. Igoe leaves his BMW to follow Ozzie into the mall, he prepares his "stiff" right hand. While he's doing that, you can clearly see that he his stretching his fingers...See more »
Jack Putter:[Regarding the "theistic hysteria" Jack seems to be suffering from] H-how do you treat that?
Dr. Greenbush:Well the medieval remedy was to flay the skin off your body with brands of fire. I have no idea what the current technique is.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)See more »


Isn't this movie a remake of a sci-fi adventure from the 1960s?
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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A very funny and exciting adventure!, 1 January 1999
Author: dalben from Irvine, California

What a funny thrill ride this movie is! A man (Dennis Quaid) volunteers to be shrunk down to the size of a cell and injected into a rabbit. But terrorists are after this scientific breakthrough and by various hijinks he winds up being injected into the butt of a nervous grocery clerk, played by Martin Short. And that's just the beginning.

Innerspace shows Dennis Quaid at his most winning, and Short at his funniest. And of course, there's a very young Meg Ryan as their love interest. The jokes resonate with both kids and adults, and unlike most action-adventure films, the plot here is never short of ideas. And the effects are pretty neat too: as we see Quaid's character wander within the human body, we feel as much amazement and wonder as he does. LOTS of movies attempt to put you in outer space and worlds far away, but I can't think of one that has made the creative attempt of exploring our inner space.

I first saw "Innerspace" when I was 11. I didn't know who any of the lead actors were. I'd never seen Saturday Night Live. And I thought it was a great movie. Twelve years and hundreds of movies later, I still think it's wonderful.

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