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>
During filming, one of the two 3-inch "Proteus" models used in the miniaturization sequence was left by an open window and was subsequently carried off by a crow. See more »
Two times, people go swimming outside of the Proteus. The first is when Grant, Cora, Duval, and Michaels all go to get air for refueling their air supply. The second is when they go to remove the reticular fibers from the sub's airvents. In both cases, people are seen getting in the tank, the tank filling with water, and then they go outside to do their jobs. Interestingly, in both occurrences, they all come back with perfect hairdos, with no indication of having gone swimming, like one would from swimming in a pool or in the ocean. (Dr. Michaels could be exempt from this, however, as he is bald.)
Cora is also exempt from this: though she goes out twice (and again at the end) she wears a full swimming cap each time, which would keep her hair dry. (This was probably done so viewers wouldn't wonder why her hair wasn't drifting behind her - the real explanation being that she wasn't actually under water.) 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 film was originally introduced to me at about 8 or 9 years of age on a Saturday afternoon and it quickly became a favorite of mine. This film tells the story of a brilliant scientist who is injured on his way to offer the U.S. military some much needed info for miniaturizing people and objects and allowing them to stay in the miniature state beyond the now 60 minute time limit the military is faced with. With a top-notch cast that includes; Stephen Boyd, Edmond O'Brien, Donald Pleasence and Raquel Welch as the medical Dr.'s and scientists that are miniaturized and injected into the scientists body in an effort to repair a wound that can't be fixed through the usual means. The effects in this film are truly amazing and make for a lot of fun as the sub/crew journey through the body and face problems along the way, especially as they are attacked as foreign bodies by the scientist's own natural defense system. If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing this little gem, by all means find it and rent it and if it's been a while, why not revisit this film, I'm amazed at how well it stands up, even after almost 40 years since it's release.
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