A housewife grows smaller and smaller in reaction to chemicals found in cosmetics and household products.

Director:

Joel Schumacher

Writers:

Richard Matheson (novel), Jane Wagner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lily Tomlin ... Pat Kramer / Judith Beasley / Telephone Operator
Charles Grodin ... Vance Kramer
Ned Beatty ... Dan Beame
Henry Gibson ... Dr. Eugene Nortz
Elizabeth Wilson ... Dr. Ruth Ruth
Mark Blankfield ... Rob
Maria Smith Maria Smith ... Concepcion
Pamela Bellwood ... Sandra Dyson
John Glover ... Tom Keller
Nicholas Hormann ... Logan Carver
Jim McMullan ... Lyle Parks (as James McMullan)
Shelby Balik Shelby Balik ... Beth Kramer
Justin Dana Justin Dana ... Jeff Kramer
Rick Baker ... Sidney (as Richard A. Baker)
Mike Douglas ... Mike Douglas
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Storyline

After being exposed to a bizarre mixture of household chemicals, Pat Kramer begins to shrink. This baffles scientists, makes parenting difficult, warms the hearts of Americans, and captures the attention of a group of people who want to take over the world. This evil group plots to kidnap Pat and perform experiments on her so that they can eventually shrink everyone. Written by Dave Smith <dave@stat.colostate.edu>

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Lily Tomlin in an epic comedy (give or take an inch) See more »

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Actor Dick Wilson played a supermarket store manager character which was similar to his famous "Charmin Tissue" TV commercial character of Mr. Whipple. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where the children are all taking Pat's picture, the boy with the cape is first wearing pastel blue knee socks. It the next shot his socks have mysteriously changed to white knee socks with black stripes at the top. See more »

Quotes

Pat Kramer: The Strange, almost stranger than strange. Unbelievable story of, Pat Kramer is the one that must be told. I know because unfortunately, I am Pat Kramer.
[rewinds tape recorder, and puts it on play]
Pat Kramer: [Tape Recorder] The strange, almost stranger than strange...
[stops tape recorder]
Jeff Kramer: Hey, Mom!
Pat Kramer: I'm busy, Jeff!
Jeff Kramer: Mom, it's an emergency!
Pat Kramer: Honey, what is it? Jeff, what is it?
Jeff Kramer: [Jeff and friends taking pictures of Pat, in front of her doll house] Say Cheese! Make believe, there's a birdie there, pose!
Pat Kramer: Jeff, go to ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

When ABC broadcast the film in 1983, there are scenes that were not in the theatrical cut: Dr. Ruth, communicating with patients, on monitors. During these scenes, Pat was finding ways to get out of her cage. Also, this scene includes Lily Tomlin's role as Edith Ann (Little Girl, which she played on her Broadway shows). Finally, Pat Kramer tries to reach the switches, to turn on the monitor but, she turned it on with her foot. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.127 (2010) See more »

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Galaxy Glue
Lyrics by Billy Davis
Music by Suzanne Ciani
Vocal by Linda November
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Weak Spoof
26 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Incredible Shrinking Woman, The (1981)

** (out of 4)

Semi-spoof of The Incredible Shrinking Man has Lily Tomlin playing a housewife who tests several of her husband's (Charles Grodin) household products and soon finds herself shrinking. This was Joel Schumacher's directorial debut and he handles the material fairly well but the problem is that the material isn't that great to start with. The film tries to be very smart and hip when it comes to commercialism but it forgets to add very many laughs. There are several cute scenes that earn a smile but nothing beyond that. Grodin is wasted in his role as the father and Ned Beatty doesn't add too much either. The highlight is certainly Tomlin in her three roles.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Incredible Shrinking Woman See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,279,264, 1 February 1981

Gross USA:

$20,259,961

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$20,259,961
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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