Innerspace (1987) Poster



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Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan met on the set of this movie. They were married in 1991.
Amy Irving was married to Steven Spielberg at the time, and when he showed her the script, she desperately wanted to play the role of Lydia Maxwell.
After Scrimshaw and Canker are shrunk 50%, there are a few scenes where they are seen with full-size actors. These shots were filmed using forced perspective. For the car scene, the rear of the car is actually twice as large as a normal car rear, and was about 20 feet away. During the scene half size hands and double-size heads were used. Using this method, the film-makers didn't have to worry about compositing two separate shots in post production, so the shots could be completed quicker. Even in the final scene with the suitcase, the case was twice as large, but the hand that closes it was real, closer to the camera in sync with the closing. (It took about 20 takes before it was perfect.)
In the DVD commentary, when Jack and Lydia are puzzling over Scrimshaw's miniaturizer, Robert Picardo says, "I pushed buttons on consoles like that for 7 years."
The only film directed by Joe Dante to win an Academy Award.
During the Cowboy/Putter changeover, Robert Picardo had to do quite a bit of work. After Putter has been changed, we see Lydia asking how he got into the room, etc. The first time Robert goes off screen he's actually rushing behind camera, tearing off his breakaway clothes and getting into the bath. A make-up assistant is behind a fake wall at the head of the bath, having just changed the Putter Wig to the Cowboy one. Before the Scrimshaw meeting, Picardo's voice was overdubbed with Short's. During the meeting, Picardo used his own voice (with a Short-esque lilt), as the filmmakers didn't think Short "trying" the Cowboy's voice would be convincing enough to make the scene work.
While getting Jack pumped up to jump out of the back of the freezer truck, Tuck chants "nam myoho renge kyo" at him three times - this is the mantra chanted by adherents of Japanese Nichiren Buddhism.
All of the cells seen outside the pod were in fact made out of Jello according to Peter Kuran, the special effects supervisor.
The patients in the doctor's waiting room with Jack are played by Andrea Martin and Joe Flaherty, Martin Short's co-stars from SCTV Network (1981) and SCTV Channel (1983).
When filming the meat truck scene with Scrimshaw and Jack, the director realized only that day that Scrimshaw had no lines prepared; the script only contained Tuck Pendleton's voiceover. They hastily wrote a speech for Kevin McCarthy on a piece of paper, although in the film itself Tuck's voiceover renders the monologue inaudible. In the DVD commentary, Joe Dante says the speech was wonderfully amusing, but the piece of paper was lost before the lines were copied elsewhere.
The sound that the pod makes spinning in the centrifuge is the same sound that the Tasmanian Devil from "Looney Tunes" makes when he is spinning. Joe Dante is a noted "Looney Tunes" fan.
When Jack is making his way to the mirror so Pendleton can have a look at his face a hiccup previously recorded by Mel Blanc which was used in various Warner Bros cartoons can be heard.
Some similarity to the pod in this movie and the one in Explorers (1985), also directed by Joe Dante.
After Gremlins (1984), this movie marked the third collaboration between Joe Dante and Michael Finnell with Steven Spielberg.
Luca Bercovici was the original actor to play Ingoe and his scenes were shot, but was replaced because the producers felt that he was not an intimidating villain as he was about the same height and body size as Martin Short.
John Hora who had previously worked as Joe Dante's cinematographer on all of his movies, was cast as Ozzie after Steven Spielberg suggested him to play the absent minded professor. Director Dante and Producer Michael Finnell were very skeptical about that idea and Spielberg insisted that they give him a screen test to just to see and was cast after impressing Dante and Finnell.
The lab workers seen during the scene where Dennis Quaid is about to be miniaturized were in fact real laboratory workers, as actors would not have been suitable to performing what real lab rats do.
Vernon Wells modeled his performance of Mr. Igoe after Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Terminator".
When they are shrinking Tuck Pendleton, the lab's instrumentation shows a reading on the screen that is six interlinked hexagons (two top, three bottom). This is the symbol that the "Combined Minature Deterrent Forces", or CMDF, also used in the movie Fantastic Voyage (1966).
William Schallert was cast as Jack's doctor as an in-joke since he had played a doctor in The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957).
The license plate on Mr. Igoe's car is "SNAPON" this is a reference to Snap-on tools; an automotive mechanic tool that features a snap mechanism for different attachments, similar to his hand.
The film was shot mostly on sound stages with the exception of one month of location filming in San Fransisco, Marin County and the Galleria Mall.
The computers in the lab display Apple 2 assembly language listing from the ROM monitor.
This was the first film commercially released in Dolby Stereo "Spectral Recording" (SR). SR is a vastly improved noise reduction system which replaced Dolby's original "A-type" noise reduction used for decades in all professional analog recording mediums (including all previous Dolby Stereo movies).
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.
The lab in the beginning of the film is the polar opposite of that of Victor Scrimshaw's, (Kevin McCarthy (I)'s) later on in the film. The lab seen when Dennis Quaid is miniaturized is in fact what a real lab would look like which is basically a poor man's miniature home made pod. While the one later on seen during the scene where Ingoe (Vernon Wells) is miniaturized and injected into Martin Short is more high tech with all of the latest industrial tools with proper funding.
The gas masks worn by Fiona Lewis and her henchmen are US M-17's.
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Dick Miller, who plays the cab driver near the beginning of the film, is a favorite actor of director Joe Dante. They worked together in several other films including Gremlins and Small Soldiers.
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Arthur Kane:  Arthur "Killer" Kane, bass player for the infamous New York Dolls makes an appearance as a passenger when the Cowboy is first seen in the airliner.
Chuck Jones:  as a customer in the seen in the supermarket queue eating carrots. He utters the line regarding buying the aspirin, "At eight hundred dollars a bottle, who'd want to?"

Director Cameo 

Joe Dante:  as the first employee in the Vectorscope Lab attacked by the techno-terrorists.

Director Trademark 

Joe Dante:  [Regular Cast]  Robert Picardo, John Hora, Kevin McCarthy, Wendy Schaal, William Schallert and Henry Gibson all regular actors who have appeared in Joe Dante's previous and future films. Hora was Dante's regular Director of Photography for most of his films up to Small Soldiers (1998).

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