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.
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>
The use of morse code (for communication) is probably due to problems with radio wavelengths. Morse code can have success where radio antennae are not accurately 'tuned' to a particular radio frequency. The crafts antenna that has been miniaturized to such an extent would only operate at a very high radio frequency - and with a very short range. Antenna effectiveness depends on how accurately tuned it is to a given frequency. Higher frequencies require (electrically) shorter antennas . This also explains why the patient has an array of small radio antennae surrounding his head and upper body. Small antennae for high frequency communication & they are situated close to the patient due to the short range capability. See more »
The patient's red blood cells, shown in the various scenes of the miniaturized submarine traveling through blood vessels, are nucleated, which is incorrect. Mammalian, and therefore human, red blood cells have no nuclei; nucleated red blood cells are found in most other animals, however, such as birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, etc. See more »
Listen, the heart.
Yes, it's slowed down a great deal.
It sounds like heavy artillery.
It throws down quite a barrage. Over 40 million beats in a year.
And every beat separates a man from eternity.
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The DVD edition has the following prologue: "The makers of this film are indebted to the many doctors, technicians and research scientists, whose knowledge and insight helped guide this production" The TV/Video version features this prologue instead: "This film will take you where no one has ever been before; no eye witness has actually seen what you are about to see. But in this world of ours where going to the moon will soon be upon us and where the most incredible things are happening all around us, someday, perhaps tomorrow, the fantastic events you are about to see can and will take place." See more »
This movie holds up after nearly 35 years. The TV version is often chopped up for commercials and the print muddy, but if you can get a good video or see it on a premium movie channel, Fantastic Voyage will still produce a sense of wonder as you navigate "inside" an injured man's body with a team of intrepid explorers to find and repair microscopic damage. Some of the Cold War aspects of the film might jar, as well as a 35-year-old vision of "high tech", but the spec effects of the journey of the PROTEUS through the human vascular system was years ahead of its time.
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