Friday, March 9, 2012

Fantastic Voyage

1966 Science Fiction Film

Director: Richard Fleischer

Writer: Harry Kleiner

Cinematography: Ernest Laszlo

Running time: 100 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: Four men and one woman on the most fantastic, spectacular and terrifying journey of their lives...

Stephen Boyd as Grant
Raquel Welch as Cora
Edmond O'Brien as General Carter
Donald Pleasence as Dr. Michaels
Arthur O'Connell as Colonel Donald Reid
William Redfield as Captain Bill Owens
Arthur Kennedy as Dr. Duval
Jean Del Val as Jan Benes
Barry Coe as communications aide
Ken Scott as Secret Service
Shelby Grant as nurse
James Brolin as technician

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.

  1. Oscar-Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color Jack Martin Smith
    Dale Hennesy, Walter M. Scott & Stuart A. Reiss-Academy Awards, USA
  2. Oscar-Best Effects, Special Visual Effects Art Cruickshank-Academy Awards, USA
  3. Eddie-Best Edited Feature Film William B. Murphy-American Cinema Editors, USA
  4. Golden Reel Award-Best Sound Editing - Feature Film-Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA
When filming the scene where the other crew members remove attacking antibodies from Ms. Peterson for the first time, director Richard 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.



3 stars out of 5 stars

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