A diplomat 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.
Stephen Boyd ... Grant
Raquel Welch ... Cora
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
Shelby Grant ... Nurse
James Brolin ... Technician
Brendan Fitzgerald ... Wireless Operator
This is not only a great science fiction film, it is also a great thriller as well. I especially loved the fact that this was supposedly done in "real time" and that the characters and that it was not only a mission to save the scientist life, but a race against time before the miniaturization wore off. Also, even though the effects are dated, they still were pretty good for the era they were produced in.
I found this very interesting in parts and very boring in others....and that was awhile ago. With today's faster-paced movies, I would probably find this too much on the boring side today. The same holds true for the special effects: great in its day, nothing that much today.
This movie features a well-known cast but feels like a 'B' science-fiction film. A couple of decades later, they made another version of this called "Inner Space," and that was more interesting. I think another re-make would be appropriate about now in the mid 2000s. With today's technology, it would look spectacular. That's the problem with movies that rely heavily on special effects: they get dated quickly.
This movie might have been "fantastic" in the mid '60s, but not now.
When my sister came home from seeing Fantastic Voyage at the State Theatre in Spokane in 1966, she raved about how scary it was for the crew of scientists, miniaturized by a secret government organization to destroy a blood clot in the brain of a wounded official, to be attacked by "ant-bodies," or that's what I thought she said. Since sisters are hopelessly stupid--and even I knew there were no bodies of ants swimming around in us--I figured the movie was too. A few years later I found out how the body fights off infection--ANTIBODIES!
I saw FV on ABC a few years after it came out. Boy, was I wrong about the movie (not my sister)! FV is a wonderfully exciting sci-fi adventure with all the right ingredients: Stern, bold heroes, sweating generals, a heroine with D-cups and a jump suit (Quit giggling out there; that means you, mister!), a cringing, rat-like villain, state-of-the-art special effects (ohmygosh, we've come a long way) and the coolest little radar dishes flapping back and forth around the wounded man's head.
This really is one of the best examples of good science fiction I've ever seen--it's adventurous, suspenseful, weirdly believable, and those those death defying D-cups!
* Isaac Asimov was approached to write the novel from the script. He perused the script, and declared the script to be full of plot holes. Receiving permission to write the book the way he wanted, delays in filming and the speed at which he wrote saw the book appear before the film.
* The scenes of crewmembers swimming outside the sub were shot on dry soundstages with the actors suspended from wires. There was some additional hazard involved because, to avoid reflections from the metal, the wires were washed in acid to roughen them, which made them more likely to break. To create the impression of swimming in a resisting medium, the scenes were shot at 50% greater speed than normal, then played back at normal speed.
* As a college student, director Fleischer was a pre-med student for a time.
* When filming the scene where the other crew members remove attacking antibodies from Ms. Peterson for the first time, director Fleischer allowed the actors to grab what they pleased. Gentlemen all, they specifically avoided removing them from Raquel Welch's breasts, with an end result that the director described as a "Las Vegas showgirl" effect. Fleischer pointed this out to the cast members -- and on the second try, the actors all reached for her breasts. Finally the director realized that he would have to choreograph who removed what from where, and the result is seen in the final cut.