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Fantastic Voyage
Director: Richard Fleischer (Dir)
Release Date:   1966
Premiere Information:   Los Angeles opening: 24 Aug 1966
Duration (in mins):   100
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Cast:   Stephen Boyd (Grant)  
    Raquel Welch (Cora Peterson)  
    Edmond O'Brien (General Carter)  
    Donald Pleasence (Dr. Michaels)  
    Arthur O'Connell (Col. Donald Reid)  
    William Redfield (Capt. Bill Owens)  
    Arthur Kennedy (Dr. Duval)  
    Jean Del Val (Jan Benes)  
    Barry Coe (Communications aide)  
    Ken Scott (Secret Service man)  
    Shelby Grant (Nurse)  
    James Brolin (Technician)  
    Brendan Fitzgerald (Wireless operator)  

Summary: In 1995 Czech scientist Jan Benes escapes from behind the Iron Curtain and is brought to the United States for interrogation. U. S. scientists are able to reduce objects, including people, to the size of bacteria, but the miniaturization can be sustained for only 60 minutes. The Czech scientist has learned the secret of prolonging the miniaturization; but before he reveals this knowledge, he sustains a severe brain injury which can be treated only from within his body. A plan is conceived whereby a crew of five will be placed in an atomic-powered submarine, miniaturized, injected into the scientist's bloodstream, and set on a course through the arteries to the brain. In addition to American secret agent Grant, the crew consists of Dr. Duval, the surgeon who will perform the operation; Cora Peterson, his assistant; Dr. Michaels, a circulatory expert; and Captain Owens, the sub's pilot. To save some of the 60 minutes, the group decides to stop the scientist's heart to allow the submarine to pass through the heart. Then Grant and the crew leave the sub, and by means of a snorkel tube attached to the patient's lungs, replenish their oxygen supply. As they near their destination, a nurse in the operating room drops a pair of surgical scissors, and the sound causes tremendous vibrations in the sub that hurl the crew from their positions. With only 6 minutes left, Dr. Michaels reveals himself to be an enemy agent intent on sabotaging the mission. The remaining crew members escape as white corpuscles envelop and digest both the submarine and Michaels. The operation is successfully performed by removing a blood clot with a laser beam, and the four survivors leave the scientist's body by swimming along the optic nerve and emerging through a tear duct. 

Production Company: Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp.  
Director: Richard Fleischer (Dir)
  Ad Schaumer (Asst dir)
Producer: Saul David (Prod)
Writer: Harry Kleiner (Scr)
  David Duncan (Adpt)
  Otto Klement (Story)
  Jay Lewis Bixby (Story)
Photography: Ernest Laszlo (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Jack Martin Smith (Art dir)
  Dale Hennesy (Art dir)
Film Editor: William B. Murphy (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Walter M. Scott (Set dec)
  Stuart A. Reiss (Set dec)
Costumes: Bruce Walkup (Men's cost)
  Truman Eli (Men's cost)
  Ollie Hughes (Women's ward)
Music: Leonard Rosenman (Mus)
Sound: Bernard Freericks (Sd)
  David Dockendorf (Sd)
Special Effects: L. B. Abbott (Spec photog eff)
  Art Cruickshank (Spec photog eff)
  Emil Kosa Jr. (Spec photog eff)
Make Up: Ben Nye (Makeup)
  Margaret Donovan (Hairstyles)
Production Misc: Eric Stacey (Unit prod mgr)
  Fred Zendar (Tech adv)
  Peter Foy (Tech adv for flying seq)
  Harper Goff (Creative prod res)
  Marvin Schnall (Casting)
  Doris McHale (Casting)
  Michael McLean (Casting)
  Richard Kuhn (Main titles)
  National Screen Service (Main titles)
Country: United States

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Twentieth Century--Fox Film Corp. 17/8/1966 dd/mm/yyyy LP33483

Physical Properties: col: De Luxe
  Sd: Westrex
  Widescreen/ratio: CinemaScope

 
Genre: Science fiction
 
Subjects (Major): Anatomy
  Brain surgery
  Czechs
  Iron Curtain
  Laser
  Miniaturization
  Nurses
  Physicians
  Sabotage
  Scientists
  Secret agents
  Submarine boats
  Surgeons
  The Future

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