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Fantastic Voyage (1966)

A scientist is nearly assassinated. In order to save him, a submarine is shrunken to microscopic size and injected into his blood stream with a small crew. Problems arise almost as soon as they enter the bloodstream.

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Scientist Jan Benes, who knows the secret to keeping soldiers shrunken for an indefinite period, escapes from behind the Iron Curtain with the help of CIA agent Grant. While being transferred, their motorcade is attacked. Benes strikes his head, causing a blood clot to form in his brain. Grant is ordered to accompany a group of scientists as they are miniaturized. The crew has one hour to get in Benes's brain, remove the clot and get out. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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The screen's most fantastic voyage See more »


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Rated PG for mild violence and language | See all certifications »

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14 October 1966 (UK)  »

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Microscopia  »

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Budget:

$5,115,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,000,000, 31 December 1966
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Deluxe) (as De Luxe)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During filming, one of the two 3-inch "Proteus" models used in the miniaturization sequence was left by an open window and was subsequently carried off by a crow. See more »

Goofs

Two times, people go swimming outside of the Proteus. The first is when Grant, Cora, Duval, and Michaels all go to get air for refueling their air supply. The second is when they go to remove the reticular fibers from the sub's airvents. In both cases, people are seen getting in the tank, the tank filling with water, and then they go outside to do their jobs. Interestingly, in both occurrences, they all come back with perfect hairdos (particularly Cora), with no indication of having gone swimming, like one would from swimming in a pool or in the ocean. (Dr. Michaels could be exempt from this, however, as he is bald.) See more »

Quotes

Capt. Bill Owens: All right, Mr. Grant, you can tell them the Proteus is ready.
Grant: The Proteus? What's that?
Capt. Bill Owens: It's the name of this vessel; sounds better than calling it the U91035.
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You're going to see things no one has ever seen before…
21 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

"Fantastic Voyage" follows a surgical team of three scientists: Dr Peter Duval, the top brain surgeon in the country (Arthur Kennedy); Cora Peterson, his technical assistant (Raquel Welch); Dr Michaels, chief of the medical mission (Donald Pleasance), plus the skipper of the ship (William Redfield) and Grant (Stephen Boyd) the security agent for security purposes...

The sealed vessel—The Proteus—is reduced down by a secret branch called CMDF (Combined Miniature Deterrent Forces) and injected into one artery of a defecting Russian scientist who has suffered brain injury and he's in a coma from an assassination attempt... The crew must navigate to the scientist's brain (within exactly 60 minutes) where Dr Duval will attempt to dissolve the coagulum with a laser beam… After that everything starts growing back to its original size…

"Fantastic Voyage" is a film of authentic wonder: An ocean of life, the corpuscles, the heart, the lungs of the human body through which the crew move are exquisitely designed in great detail with artistic quality...

The plot creates unceasing moments of suspense as the ship and its crew are continually threatened by the scientist's natural defenses: white corpuscles, reticular fibers, antibodies and other factors… Leonard Rosenman's futuristic score nicely complements the adventure on screen with the strange sound of the human blood rushing through arteries, veins, rhythmical muscular movements, and of course, the sabotage occurred on board…

With two Oscar Awards for Best Visual Effects and Best Art Direction, 'Fatastic Voyage' is certainly the most unusual journey into the human body, where the 'medieval philosophers were right. Man is the center of the universe. We stand in the middle of infinity, between outer and inner space. And there's no limit to either.'


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