The Incredible Shrinking Man
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ANYWAY, that's what I EXPECTED of this film. What I actually GOT was much different. I LOVE this thing even though so far I've only gotten to see it in its entirety one time. For the 1950's the special effects are incredible. They do not look fake at all, and you marvel as you watch a normal man get ever-tinier before your very eyes. The terror here is totally in the mind. It has nothing to do with zombies, ghosts, vampires or typical movie monsters, it plays with your head. Like most Hitchcock movies this one deals with a normal man facing extraordinary circumstances.
The fun, the adventure, the involvement, and the horror of this film comes from watching thee everyday world take on staggering proportions. Normal activies like eating become a chore and a death-defying quest. Just imagine YOURSELF being that tiny. Everything you took for granted is much harder to do. A trip across the room could take hours or days instead of seconds. Your husband or wife could step on you and kill you and not even know it untill it was too late. Your pet dog or cat could mistake you for dinner. Life becomes an obstacle course in every sense of the word.
The acting here was great. I really felt for the hero as he struggled with a situation that he was powerless to control. Even the other people in here I could sympathize with a lot. Imagine thinking that you have lost someone you love and having no idea whether they are alive or dead.Read more ›
The story starts out innocently enough with young couple Scott and Louise Carey (Grant Williams and Randy Stuart), who are spending some time on Scott's brother's boat. While Louise is below getting some refreshments Scott notices a strange mist approaching the boat and before he can take cover it envelopes the whole boat and he is covered in a strange glittery substance. It is just passed off as some unexplained happening and then the story jumps ahead six months to when strange developments start to occur. One morning Scott notices that his shirt seems too big for him and blames it on the cleaners. However it is not long before many other strange things begin to happen that arouse real fears in him. Going to his local doctor (William Schallert), Scott gets a clean bill of health and Louise feels that it is simply a lack of proper diet that is effecting her husband.Read more ›
It is the story of the inward development of an ordinary man, who, externally, gets smaller and smaller due to the blow-back mankind is about to experience from nature (following the inadequate attempts at forcing it to yield to his caprice through technology). The culprit: radioactive insecticide. On the external side of things, left to technology, insects get the upper hand. But, on the internal side of things, the human spirit refuses to be crushed, and the individual man, continually adjusting himself to his circumstances, triumphs and becomes the pioneer for future humanity...
In a way the film begins in the middle, after he falls into the basement when he is about 3 inches tall. But it also begins at the end, when he leaves the cellar by stepping out through the screen of the cellar window. From the beginning of the film he tells the audience his story first hand, as a recollection, but we don't quite know from where...
In terms of the special effects, it is quite amazing what it accomplished. Having some minor flaws, it would be helped by a computer enhancement. But it would not be improved upon in any way if a remake were attempted using only computer generated images. In fact, it would suffer.
If you like science fiction, see the film. If you like finding a sense of wonder in a blade of grass, see the film. If you like stories about persons finding inner courage and character as they deal with life's blows, see the film. If you like stories about fighting monsters and dragons and the like, see the film. If you like films with philosophy and speculations about the meaning of life, see the film.
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This movie is used as part of many documentaries. Now is a chance to see it in context. I may prove to be depressing on many levels. Read morePublished 14 months ago by bernie
Even with the sometimes less than clean special effects (this WAS 1957!)the acting and story line I do believe could not be acceptably duplicated even in this day and time, unless... Read morePublished on May 6, 2011 by Janet Garnett
"Incredible Shrinking Man" reminds me of a great episode of "The
Twilight Zone". It's thoughtful, well-written, and ultimately pretty
daring in its conclusions. Read more
Ordered at 2th February .......still waiting!!!!
Must say, it's the first time in many years I've troubles with an Amazon order.
PS. Stupid! Read more
What can I say, this is one of the great old SiFi movies of the 50's and I have been after it for some time now. Only wish it were available in DVD. Read morePublished on December 31, 2010 by David S. Sivak
This is an excellent sci-fi movie, that I've watched many times when it was broadcast regularly on channels like AMC and TCM in the early '80s! Instant classic!Published on September 28, 2009 by D. F. Clarke
This was such a riveting Movie. It was broadcast on TV in the 70's
in Los Angeles.
Saw this on a laser disc player at the Sonoma State University library. Read more
THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN is a sci fi/horror flick that conforms to some film noir criteria: the protagonist is a victim of events beyond his control, plus much of the story... Read morePublished on June 21, 2009 by Annie Van Auken
Watching this again, now on DVD, brought back fond memories of when I watched this back in the last 1950s. This was a fascinating film for both me and my two brothers. Read morePublished on February 24, 2009 by Craig Connell