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Fantastic Voyage (1966)

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A scientist is nearly assassinated. In order to save him, a submarine is shrunken to microscopic size and injected into his blood stream with a small crew. Problems arise almost as soon as they enter the bloodstream.

Director:

Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Harry Kleiner (screenplay), David Duncan (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stephen Boyd ... Grant
Raquel Welch ... Cora
Edmond O'Brien ... General Carter
Donald Pleasence ... Dr. Michaels
Arthur O'Connell ... Col. Donald Reid
William Redfield ... Capt. Bill Owens
Arthur Kennedy ... Dr. Duval
Jean Del Val ... Jan Benes
Barry Coe ... Communications Aide
Ken Scott ... Secret Service
Shelby Grant ... Nurse
James Brolin ... Technician
Brendan Fitzgerald Brendan Fitzgerald ... Wireless Operator
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Storyline

Scientist Jan Benes, who knows the secret to keeping soldiers shrunken for an indefinite period, escapes from behind the Iron Curtain with the help of CIA agent Grant. While being transferred, their motorcade is attacked. Benes strikes his head, causing a blood clot to form in his brain. Grant is ordered to accompany a group of scientists as they are miniaturized. The crew has one hour to get in Benes's brain, remove the clot and get out. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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The screen's most fantastic voyage See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1966 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Microscopia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,115,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,000,000, 31 December 1966
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Deluxe) (as De Luxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film was produced the same year as the original Lost in Space series. If you pay attention to the sets and sound effects you can sense the similarities. See more »

Goofs

After the Proteus has finished Phase 1 shrinking and is placed in a test tube, it submerges and descends deep into the tube. During the descent there are several shots looking up past the commander toward the surface. Many bubbles can be seen rising and striking the surface a short distance above the sub. In each upward shot the distance to the surface never changes, even though the sub is shown to be descending rapidly in other shots. See more »

Quotes

Grant: For a nice young lady you play with the damnedest toys, Miss Peterson.
Cora: That'll teach you where to keep your hand.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Mad Monster (1989) See more »

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Fantastic Voyage.... a trip that's quite worth taking.
14 September 2006 | by zeitschikSee all my reviews

Back in 1966, long, long before the world was turned upside down and inside out on Sept. 11, the world was a very different place. The movies were quite different and science fiction pictures depended more on good writing and less on special effects. Partly because the phrase "computer generated" was years away. In 1966, 20th Century Fox released a very clever, well-written and innovative movie called, "Fantastic Voyage". The on-screen foreword informed the viewers that they were going to be taken to a place that no one had been before, and see things that had been, until that point in time, never been seen by human beings. I'm sure that this film had its fair share of technical advisors putting in a lot more than their 2 cents worth to make sure that the film accurately depicted human anatomy. The plot... A scientist, Jan Benes, has defected from behind the Iron Curtain, has, with the help of Grant, one of our top CIA operatives. Benes has decided to give his expertise with Miniaturization to the US. The "other side" has no choice but to try to kill him before he can breathe a word of it. The assassination attempt is made, but Benes barely survives, falling into a coma. After the movie's credits finish rolling, Grant is brought to a secret, gov't location. There, he meets Gen. Carter, who is in charge of the CMDF - Combined Miniature Deterent Forces. They can shrink anything; cars, planes, tanks, people way down in size, thus enabling them to become unseen military weapons. The problem: both sides have this capability. Another problem is... there is a time limit. They can only stay miniaturized for 60 minutes. After that the object or person automatically starts to grow. Benes had the answer to this problem, but he will need special medical treatment to regain consciousness. That's where Grant and a special team of doctors, technicians and such will have to go into action. After Grant meets the rest of the team, the surgeons in charge, Dr. Duvall and Dr. Michaels go over their plan to remove the blood clot in Benes' brain. They will board a special Navy submarine, called The Proteus, be miniaturized and injected into Benes' body by hypodermic needle. Naturally, the crew runs into Murphy's Law and a job that was expected to take 10 to 15 minutes takes much, much longer. The ending in the movie differs quite a bit from the book written by Isaac Azimov (I know because I read it... twice), and there are a number sub-plot twists that made me shake my head, but seeing Ms. Welch in that wet suit made it more than worth while. I consider this movie to be one of my very favorite sci-fi/fantasy flicks from the '60s. If you haven't seen it yet, for whatever reason, I can suggest you spend the 100 minutes with some very fine actors, some of whom are no longer with us, such as Stephen Boyd (Grant), Edmund O'Brien (Gen. Carter) and Arthur O'Connell who was in charge of the medical team, and others like Arthur Kennedy (Dr. Duvall), Donald Pleasence (Dr. Michaels) and last but not least, the ever-beautiful, Raquel Welch as Cora Peterson, Dr. Duval's technical assistant. One last thought.... if this movie was remade with present-day technology, i.e. computer generated imaging and the like, there's no telling how it would dazzle the viewers' eye.


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