Incredible Shrinking Man

Incredible Shrinking Man

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Director: Jack Arnold

Cast: Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent

     
 

The screen's great existential science fiction film, The Incredible Shrinking Man stars Grant Williams in the title role. While catching some rays on his brother's yacht, Scott Carey (Williams) is enveloped by a mysterious dark cloud. Soon after, he discovers that he's getting thinner -- and smaller. Despite the assuring attitude of his family doctor (theSee more details below

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The screen's great existential science fiction film, The Incredible Shrinking Man stars Grant Williams in the title role. While catching some rays on his brother's yacht, Scott Carey (Williams) is enveloped by a mysterious dark cloud. Soon after, he discovers that he's getting thinner -- and smaller. Despite the assuring attitude of his family doctor (the inevitable William Schallert), Scott is losing an inch's worth of height with each passing day. It is finally determined that he has developed an "anti-cancer," a by-product of a new strain of insecticide. By the time he's reached the size of a small boy, Scott has become world-famous. But the phenomenon has adversely affected his personality, turning him into a tyrant, lashing out at the world in general and his faithful wife in particular. An anti-toxin briefly halts the shrinking process, whereupon Scott joins a midget troupe, where he is briefly "accepted" for what he has become. But before long he's shrinking again, becoming so tiny that he is forced to live in a dollhouse. When Scott is attacked by his pet cat, his wife assumes that he's been killed; in fact, Scott, by now so minuscule that even a garden-variety spider poses a deadly threat to him, is hiding in his cellar. By film's end, Scott is no larger than an atom. Uncertain of what is in store for him, he steps out into the mists, summing up his newfound philosophy: "Smaller than smallest, I meant something too. To God there is no zero. I still exist!" Adapted by Richard Matheson from his own novel, The Incredible Shrinking Man is enhanced by its superb special effects.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
The notion of a man who shrinks to the size of a ChapStick and finds himself hunted by his own pet cat would seem to be the height of comic absurdity, but screenwriter Richard Matheson and director Jack Arnold had the good sense not to play it as a traditional horror/sci-fi story. Instead, The Incredible Shrinking Man emphasizes the psychological side of the character's dilemma alongside his obvious physical problems; Scott Carey (Grant Williams, in the best and best-known performance of a sadly misbegotten career) finds his view of himself and the world radically challenged by his extreme reaction to a radioactive cloud. As Scott slowly begins to shrink, he first loses touch with his masculinity as he begins to look more like his wife's son than her husband, and then begins to question his humanity, as his home turns into a horrific netherworld and he's eventually reduced to the size of a molecule. Director Arnold and his special effects crew do fine work, making Scott's situation look as realistic as possible given the circumstances, and they turn his struggle to emerge from the basement into an adventure to reckon with. But it's Matheson's perceptive script that sets the film apart; plenty of monster movies had an ordinary guy turn into an unrecognizable creature, but few faced the psychological and even theological implications of a man transformed into something unknowable. The result was the most intelligent movie of the 1950s "atomic mutation" cycle, and, along with Them!, the one that has best stood the test of time.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/30/2011
UPC:
0025192095443
Original Release:
1957
Rating:
NR
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:21:00
Sales rank:
2,750

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Grant Williams Scott Carey
Randy Stuart Louise Carey
April Kent Clarice
Paul Langton Charlie Carey
Raymond Bailey Dr. Thomas Silver
William Schallert Dr. Arthur Bramson
Frank Scannell Barker
Helene Marshall Nurse
Diana Darrin Nurse
Billy Curtis Midget
John Hiestand TV Newscaster
Lock Martin Giant (cut)
Luce Potter Midget
Regis Parton Bit

Technical Credits
Jack Arnold Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Everett H. Broussard Special Effects
Leslie I. Carey Sound/Sound Designer
Fred Carling Score Composer,Screenwriter
Ellis W. Carter Cinematographer
Robert Clatworthy Art Director
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Joseph E. Gershenson Musical Direction/Supervision
Irving Gertz Score Composer
Roswell A. Hoffmann Special Effects
William Holland Asst. Director
Al Joseph Editor
Fred Karlin Score Composer
Jack Kevan Makeup
Fred Knoth Special Effects
Elliot Lawrence Score Composer
Ruby Levitt Set Decoration/Design
Richard Matheson Screenwriter
Jay A. Morley Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Pritchard Sound/Sound Designer
Hans J. Salter Score Composer
Richard Alan Simmons Screenwriter
Herman Stein Score Composer
Clifford Stine Special Effects
Bud Westmore Makeup
Albert Zugsmith Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Incredible Shrinking Man
1. Main Titles [1:18]
2. Strange Mist [3:07]
3. Losing Weight [2:32]
4. Getting Smaller [3:32]
5. Medical Testing [6:05]
6. Famous [4:52]
7. Antitoxin [5:07]
8. Starting Again [4:12]
9. Under Attack [6:10]
10. Basement Universe [5:39]
11. Springing the Trap [4:04]
12. Useful Tools [6:11]
13. Terrifying Enemy [9:45]
14. Flooded [3:53]
15. Driven by Hunger [4:17]
16. Conquered [6:50]
17. Becoming Nothing [2:32]
18. End Titles [:31]

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