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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 »

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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 character of neighbor Judith Beasley played by Lily Tomlin was derived from one of Tomlin's live stand-up shows. See more »

Goofs

When the Cramers leave the clinic after being told the diagnosis, Pat is wearing a light blue double-breasted blazer over a peach dress, both of which are too large for her. Later in the film, one of the female newscasters is shown on television wearing the exact same outfit. See more »

Quotes

Beth Kramer: [flicking a light switch on and off] Look Mom, Disco!
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Connections

Referenced in TaleSpin: The Incredible Shrinking Molly (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Galaxy Glue
Lyrics by Billy Davis
Music by Suzanne Ciani
Vocal by Linda November
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Lily Tomlin is much more appealing playing funny modern women than kooky characters in disguise...
28 September 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

A good idea that doesn't work: a sassy, sweetly-zonked wife and mother discovers to her surprise that all the household and sundry chemicals her advertising-executive husband brings home are making her shrink. Actually, this gloppy-looking comedy does manage to get off on the right foot, with playful and funny glimpses into Tomlin's home-life, but once she shrinks and crosses paths with ready-set villains (not to mention talk show host Mike Douglas...who sings!!), the movie frays and falls apart. It's badly photographed (one of the worst-looking movies of the 1980s--what were they thinking when they watched the dailies?) and allows star Tomlin too much room to stretch her comedic chops (playing kooky characters incognito, Lily is much friendlier and funnier just playing a quirky modern woman). A disappointment for Tomlin's fans, especially since the biggest laugh in the picture is delivered by a gorilla flipping the bird. ** from ****


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