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The Incredible Shrinking Man

4.6 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent, Paul Langton, Raymond Bailey
  • Directors: Jack Arnold
  • Writers: Richard Alan Simmons, Richard Matheson
  • Producers: Albert Zugsmith
  • Format: NTSC
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JL0N
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #851,851 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Incredible Shrinking Man" on IMDb

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I had not even HEARD of this film until I saw an ad for it in TV Guide a few years back. Naturally my first reaction was "WHAT???" I thought to myself "Great, another junky low-grade 50's sci-fi flop. "See the amazing side show freak, but look QUICKLY because he's getting tinier by the second. Whoops! There he goes!" *Clears throat* Excuse me. :)
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.
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"The Incredible Shrinking Man", is one of the great Sci Fi movie titles from the 1950's thats not as well remembered as other landmark efforts of that time like "The Thing From Another World". That is unfortunate as here we have a really ground breaking effort that not only boasts stunning special effects, but also restrained performances and an interesting premise that is handled with integrity by director and cast. The film of course will always be talked about for the innovative and at times quite frightening process by which the main character shrinks away to practically nothing. Equally amazing in my mind after a viewing of "The Incredible Shrinking Man", is how this film gives us a view of the "normal", everyday world suddenly becoming a dangerous and potentially lethal environment where everyday things like the family pet or a spider in the basement take on life threatening personas.
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.
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This film almost defines its own genre. First, it might be said that it is a "grade B" film, with an A+ rating. But it is also not really a cult film, either, so...

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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