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

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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

Appearing in this movie, actresses Elizabeth Wilson and Lily Tomlin had just previously co-starred together in Nine to Five (1980). 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...
[...]
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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Galaxy Glue
Lyrics by Billy Davis
Music by Suzanne Ciani
Vocal by Linda November
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Incredible Stinking Movie
1 March 2003 | by JZvezdaSee all my reviews

12 and under cinema.

I saw this in the theater when I was 11, liked it, and filed the memory of it under "good movie" in my mental cache. All of it's socio-political subtext --endless stabs at Madison Avenue, mass marketing and gross consumerism: Pat is a pimped-out product whore in the merciless clutches of her scAmway-pushing neighbor, and it eventually begins eating away at her, quite literally-- these bits of 'wink-wink' adult humor sailed right over my Bazooka gum-chomping, 11 year-old head.

The fun in "Incredible Shrinking Woman" was the ignorance to the script's so-called message. What tickled us kiddies in the audience was the sight of a pocket-sized Lily Tomlin sporting plastic Barbie sneakers, bedding down at night on a cot in the Barbie Dream House, and cruising down the hallway carpet in an out-of-control Barbie Dream Car. And when the 10-inch version of Pat attempts to perform her daily chores, such as washing the dishes...hee hee... fun stuff if you're a kid.

This flick resurfaced on cable recently, I was reminded that most of what we liked as 11 year olds is pretty cringe-worthy to us as adults. But I went ahead and watched it anyway because it has 3 things working for it:

-Lily Tomlin

-the nostalgia factor

-& that irritatingly catchy "What would we do without Galaxy Glue?" tune


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