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The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 1957 (Argentina)
When Scott Carey begins to shrink because of exposure to a combination of radiation and insecticide, medical science is powerless to help him.

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An update version of the best-selling novel and blockbuster movie, it tells the story of Scott Carey who shrinks to an incredible small size and must face the danger that he runs into.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Scott Carey
... Louise Carey
... Clarice Bruce
... Charlie Carey
... Doctor Thomas Silver
... Doctor Arthur Bramson
Frank J. Scannell ... Barker (as Frank Scannell)
... Nurse
... Nurse
... Midget
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Storyline

Scott Carey and his wife Louise are sunning themselves on their cabin cruiser, the small craft adrift on a calm sea. While his wife is below deck, a low mist passes over him. Scott, lying in the sun, is sprinkled with glittery particles that quickly evaporate. Later he is accidentally sprayed with an insecticide while driving and, in the next few days, he finds that he has begun to shrink. First just a few inches, so that his clothes no longer fit, then a little more. Soon he is only three feet tall, and a national curiosity. At six inches tall he can only live in a doll's house and even that becomes impossible when his cat breaks in. Scott flees to the cellar, his wife thinks he has been eaten by the cat and the door to the cellar is closed, trapping him in the littered room where, menaced by a giant spider, he struggles to survive. Written by alfiehitchie

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Hour by hour he gets smaller - and _smaller_! See more »

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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1957 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Die unglaubliche Geschichte des Mr. C  »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

William Schallert ( doctor Arthur ) was the last surviving member of the cast until his death in 2016 . See more »

Goofs

Even though the spider in this film is clearly a tarantula, the spider is shown sitting in a standard type spider web. Tarantulas do not build webs like that. They live in burrows or holes. See more »

Quotes

Scott Carey: I felt puny and absurd, a ludicrous midget. Easy enough to talk of soul and spirit and existential worth, but not when you're three feet tall. I loathed myself, our home, the caricature my life with Lou had become. I had to get out. I had to get away.
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Connections

Spoofed in Mork & Mindy: Mork in Wonderland: Part 1 (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

The Incredible Shrinking Man Theme
Written by Foster Carling and Earl E. Lawrence
Played by Ray Anthony
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My favorite '50s sci fi movie
24 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

This has always been one of my favorite science fiction/horror movies from the 1950s.

This is an existential science fiction movie. Man alone against the universe is always a powerful topic, and writer Richard Matheson, who adapted his own novel for the screen, does an admirable job. Grant Williams' character isn't fighting aliens or demons, but rather the extraordinary circumstance of his mysterious shrinking, and the unforeseen consequences of his ever-dwindling size.

I love the fight with the spider, but my favorite part of the movie is the final monologue. It adds another half a star to an already extraordinary film.


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