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The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981)

When an ordinary woman is exposed to a unique mix of chemicals, she begins to uncontrollably physically shrink.

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 has a little problem... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Incrível Mulher que Encolheu See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,279,264, 1 February 1981, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,259,961
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Ernestine and Edith Ann characters played by Lily Tomlin were from Tomlin's Laugh-In (1967) TV show. See more »

Goofs

The position of Judith's arms change after she sits on the kid's toy in the kitchen. See more »

Quotes

Pat Kramer: Please, won't you help me? You are so much kinder, than the others.
Rob: Look, I only work here lady.
Pat Kramer: Don't you know who I am? I'm the shrinking woman, I'm Pat Kramer.
Rob: You're Pat Kramer's clone, the real Pat Kramer's dead.
Pat Kramer: Dead?
Rob: Deader, than a doornail.
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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 »

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I loved this movie!
4 November 2005 | by sarahchew1212See all my reviews

Granted, when I last watched this movie, I was probably no more than 10 years old, but it has stuck with me and I would love to see it again! Though others may think the graphics and effects were lame, I look at it this way: it was the 80's...all movies that have effects and such look lame now that we've gone digital and become more technologically advanced. To me, the premise and the antics are what carries this movie in a way that it's a must have in any comedy fan's video library. The physical comedy that stems from Lily Tomlin's vertically challenging situation is pure fun. C'mon, how could the antics from shrinking at a rapid pace NOT be funny?!?!? Now, just have to find it so my daughters can share in the experience...


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