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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 »
Won 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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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A scientist with a potentially fatal health problem takes a risk on his only chance of survival: For five of his colleagues to be miniaturized in a ship and injected into his bloodstream.

Director: Guillermo del Toro
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Storyline

Scientist Jan Benes (Jean Del Val), who knows the secret to keeping soldiers shrunken for an indefinite period, escapes from behind the Iron Curtain with the help of C.I.A. Agent Grant (Stephen Boyd). 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' brain, remove the clot, and get out. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Taglines:

Journey Into The Living Body Of A Man! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The time spent in the movie of the crew once they were miniaturized is in real time, taking up almost exactly one hour of the movie. See more »

Goofs

When the shrunk vessel submerges in the liquid, there are interior shots showing a lot of very small bubbles around the vessel. The depiction of the fluid flow is incorrect. There should be no such small bubbles when such a small object dives as the adhesive forces within the liquid would prevent that. Compared to the shrunk vessel, the bubbles should appear much bigger. See more »

Quotes

Cora: I think it's very exciting. We're going to see things no one has ever seen before.
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Alternate Versions

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 »

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Superior Sci-Fi Adventure!
9 July 2002 | by bsmith5552See all my reviews

The premise of "Fantastic Voyage" seemed very unlikely in 1966, however in 2002 I'm not so sure.

The story concerns a top secret miniaturization program being developed by the Americans and concurrently by "the other side". A scientist from the other side has the secret of counteracting the situation where the miniaturization effects wear off after one hour. Unfortunately, the scientist receives a brain injury in an assassination attempt. This results in General Carter (Edmond O'Brien), the commanding officer of the project deciding to "send in" a team of experts miniaturized, to the injured man's brain to repair the damage.

The team consists of Drs. Duval (Arthur Kennedy) and Michaels (Donald Pleasance), Pilot Capt. Owens (William Redfield) and the romantic leads, Grant (Stephen Boyd) and the ever lovely Raquel Welch as Duval's assistant. Assisting O'Brien as a medical expert is Arthur O'Connell as Col. Reid. Of course, as in most film's of this type there is the inevitable fifth columnist aboard. The acting is good, particluarly the performances of veterans Kennedy, Pleasance, O'Brien and O'Connell.

The real star of the "Fantastic Voyage" are its amazing special effects. Filmed long before today's computerized digital effects, this film still makes believable, the illusion of a team of people being injected into a person's bloodstream. To fully appreciate the effects the viewer should see it in its widescreen format.

Watch for James Brolin in a small role as one of the lab technicians. And if you get bored, there's always (snort, pant, drool) Raquel in her form fitting diving suit.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1966 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$5,115,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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