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Innerspace (1987)

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A test pilot is miniaturized in a secret experiment, and accidentally injected into a hapless store clerk.


Joe Dante


Chip Proser (story), Jeffrey Boam (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
3,225 ( 503)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Quaid ... Lt. Tuck Pendleton
Martin Short ... Jack Putter
Meg Ryan ... Lydia Maxwell
Kevin McCarthy ... Victor Eugene Scrimshaw
Fiona Lewis ... Dr. Margaret Canker
Vernon Wells ... Mr. Igoe
Robert Picardo ... The Cowboy
Wendy Schaal ... Wendy
Harold Sylvester ... Pete Blanchard
William Schallert ... Dr. Greenbush
Henry Gibson ... Mr. Wormwood
John Hora John Hora ... Ozzie Wexler
Mark L. Taylor ... Dr. Niles
Orson Bean ... Lydia's Editor
Kevin Hooks ... Duane


Tuck Pendleton is a cocky pilot, who is taking part in a miniaturization experiment. When some bad guys break into the lab to steal the technology, one of the scientists takes a syringe which contains the miniaturized Tuck and vessel. Now in the vessel is part of the material needed to restore him. But the other part which is the lab is stolen. The scientist's shot but before dying he injects Tuck into Jack Putter, a hypochondriac, who feels that something is wrong with him all the time. When Tuck links himself to Jack's systems, he discovers that something happened. So they go back to the lab, and discover what happened. Now they are told that unless they retrieve the material that was stolen they won't be able to restore Tuck before his oxygen is depleted. Now the government rep decides that the only thing that matters that as long as they have the other half of the material, it is useless to the thieves. So Tuck eggs Jack to go out and find the thieves. They enlist the aid of ... Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Watch it before it gets remade
30 April 2018 | by bowmanblueSee all my reviews

Everyone remembers that eighties sci-fi classic 'Back to the Future,' because - let's face it - it's awesome. It deserves it's spot in pop culture. Yet many people don't seem to hold that other eighties sci-fi popcorn flick 'Innerspace' in such quite high regards. And that's a shame... in my humble opinion, because it really is quite good fun.

In these days of 'shared universes' (thanks, Marvel!) I find myself seeing films that look like they could belong in the same 'universe' as others (like 'Universal Soldier' and 'Terminator 2' - again, just my opinion). And, after my most recent re-watch of 'Innerspace' I couldn't help but thinking how much it would fit alongside that time-travelling DeLorean and uber-cool hoverboard.

It's about a test piolt (Dennis Quaid) who gets miniaturised inside a pod during a lab experiment and then (inadvertantly) injected into some random guy's backside (Martin Short). The two of them form an unlikely bond as they try to reverse the effects before Quaid runs out of oxygen (or the baddies get hold of them!).

Now, it's fair to say that 'Innerspace' didn't set the Box Office as on fire as its producers would have liked. I don't think it bombed, but the film-makers were hoping for something akin to 'Back to the Future' in terms of success-levels. However, there's just something so fun about it that it deserves to be remembered, especially during this period of eighties nostalgia.

It's first strength is that it never slows down. It's perfectly edited so that you get almost straight into the action and learn to love the characters without any need for lengthy exposition or backstory. And the action flows thick and fast. There's one chase scene that reminded me of 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.' In 'Indy 4' they had to rely on awful computer graphics whereas 'Innerspace' managed it with stunts.

Another thing that's worth mentioning is how when there's no action, there's humour. And this is down to the rapport between the actors. Everyone plays their part well. And, possibly the most important thing about 'Innerspace' is that it's a film that the whole family can enjoy. There's no need for violence or bad language. It acomplishes everything it needs to without any over-the-topness.

If you saw this back in the day, give it another go. Or if you're just looking for something to entertain the kids on a wet weekend, this should be enjoyed by all (even if you're not part of this current eighties revival!).

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Release Date:

1 July 1987 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,739,913, 5 July 1987

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby SR (35 mm prints)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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