The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

 


 

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Whe Scott Carey begins to shrink because of exposure to a combination of radiation and insecticide, medical science is powerless to help him. Full summary »

Genre: Sci-Fi,Thriller

The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
   
Release Date: April 1957 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: Jack Arnold
Cast:
  • Grant Williams
  • Randy Stuart
  • April Kent
  • Paul Langton
  • Raymond Bailey
  • William Schallert
  • Frank J. Scannell
  • Helene Marshall
  • Diana Darrin
  • Billy Curtis
  • Lock Martin


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33 Responses to The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

  1. tibu0083
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    I forgot how it went. Did he just walk away from his family, or did he go into the garden and never return.

  2. Agent_Mulder89
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    The book and movie are so powerful. Here are some of my favourite lines:

    (Scott is describing the spider)

    ‘It was every unknown terror in the world fused into wriggling, poison-jawed horror. It was every anxiety, insecurity and fear in his life all given a hideous night black form.’

    Another one that really moves me is when he finally kills it and he goes to bed. Then it just skips a line and says ‘That night he slept in utter peace’

    Also from the movie ‘To God there is no zero. I still exist!.’

  3. babettegillette
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    All those years of at least tolerating the feline. Just like that, the cat changes on a dime.

  4. innovator
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    Hi everyone,

    I checked movies from early 1900’s (from Metropolis till now) but there are so much good movies that you cannot see everything.

    I’m asking to the movie-freaks out there, are there any other recommended old cult sci-fiction movies with a strong story like this one ?

    Thanks,

    Greetz,

    Innovator

  5. Agent_Mulder89
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    I absolutly loved the book and now I’m really interested in this movie. I see that Matheson wrote it so I imagine it’s quite faithful. I was wondering what the general opinion is on how good/faithful it is? Thanks.

  6. martymcsly2k1
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    If handled seriously, I mean. The blossoming field of nanotechnology opens up a lot of story possibilities.

    Check out this site for some interesting concepts:

    http://www.pinktentacle.com/tag/miniaturization

  7. littlemissgiggles
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    I have quite a horrible fear of spiders and wish I could over come it. I have read the book and bought the film recently thinking I would be able to brave it out because I read the book and really liked it. When I put the film down I had a feeling when it would be time for the spider to appear and I was getting anxious before and so I had to cover my eyes before it came on. My mother said it looks very real and wouldn’t be a good idea for me to look at it so unfortunately I didn’t get to see the rest of it I could only hear it. I could tell when the spider would come on because of that music which made it worse and the loud steps. What did everyone else think of the spider? Was it scary? Do you have arachnophobia?

  8. Bren342
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    I got the impression at the beginning of the movie when the narration started.

    Are there any articles archived on the Internet about Scott Carey? I looked but couldn’t find any.

  9. camerabugs
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    It has been many years since I have seen this movie, but there is one thing I cannot remember. Why did he have to go out of his way to kill the spider? Was it because he was afraid it would stalk him and eventually kill him? I always thought spiders stayed close to their web. I hate spiders and was glad to see it gone, but I could not have gone one on one with something like this. I can barely kill one in my house!

  10. SuperSonicX
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    I have no interest in buying the "CLASSIC SCI-FI ULTIMATE COLLECTION" box set that it’s currently available in, and this is perhaps one of the top three greatest sci-fi films from the 50’s that I’ve seen (the other two are "The Day The Earth Stood Still" and "Forbidden Planet", respectively).

    Region 2 received the film on its own stand-alone DVD, so why can’t we (I’m in region 1, by the way)?

    "Don’t believe everything you hear on the radio." – Charles Foster Kane

  11. toking65000
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    I usually like deep endings that make you think, but I honestly did not get the ending to this! What finally happened to him at the end, he seemed to be at peace but does he live or what?

    Most people see things that are and ask "why?", I dream things that never were and ask, "why not?"

  12. joliet_jane
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    And I mean that in two ways: Scott is Self-centered, and the film itself is focused on the concept of the self.

    At the end of this movie, no matter how small he gets he never lets himself believe how small he truly is and always was.

    What a little jerk! Pompous until the bitter end. :-P But that’s the way American cinema was back in those days; almost religiously individualistic.

    I imagine that it’ll be different in the new movie. The protagonist will have an inflated ego which will shrink as he does, and he’ll realize the value of others, not the value of himself. Lots of pathos, family film… It’s going to be completely different. I’m looking forward to it.

  13. ShmellyEggz
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    0_o

    Lol, actually, this movie used to scare me for that exact thought

  14. ShmellyEggz
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    *wow!*

    I hope it no tv movie….Well, I’d watch it anyway

  15. Anonymous
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  16. coffin-2
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    where can you get this movie? Ive searched everywhere!

  17. Anonymous
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  18. davey3-86-84
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    Boy, did I pounce when I just saw the schedule yesterday, TISM was just screened this morning (4/16/09, 6:15am) in widescreen HD on 5star Cinemax [channel 9441 on Dish].

    This means it may show up again on any of the HBO/Max channels, but usually these films are scheduled in the early A.M.

    And, now it’s just a matter of time until a Blu-ray release.

    The hi-def picture quality is razor sharp, and yet, the effects still look amazingly well done. The giant scissors, pencil, especially the ball of string look like the real deal. It’s all better than ever.

    Definitely the scariest spider scene anywhere on film I’ve seen.

    Richard Matheson and the rest hit the ball way out of the park on this one.

  19. egb5000
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    …but what type of cake was that, that Louise left in the basement that later ends up to be Scott’s only source of nourishment of appetite?

    OBVIOUSLY

  20. baretta
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    Every single time i see the end of this film my eyes get watery and the fountains go on full strength. It’s just such a powerful ending. Im glad the character figure out that in the end to God size doesnt matter.

  21. douglasfairbanks
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    yep.

    should be high in top 250!

    damn it…

  22. AntonioTavanti
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    Surprisingly I can’t seem to find any thread dealing with the novel this movie is based upon.

    My question is: having read Matheson’s work will I enjoy this movie? Is the atmosphere of the novel retained?

  23. Mercader79
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    (SPOILERS)

    I know it’s literally a case of curiosity killing the cat but wouldn’t most people have had the cat put to sleep after it had supposedly eaten their spouse? I’d want a full autopsy done on the feline to make sure he was definitely in there before presuming him dead. I’m surprised she didn’t insist on this.

    It wouldn’t have saved him, of course, but would have been worth a go.

    He should have written ‘SOS’ in the dust on the cellar floor.

  24. andrewclarke
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    . . . son to see it on the big screen tonight. Last year, we saw The Creature from the Black Lagoon in 3-D. He really gets a kick out of these.

  25. Mercader79
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    The whole experience must created an intolerable psychological burden.

    Perhaps he should have gone to see a shrink (JOKE).

  26. dreuxcut
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    In the book the shrinking man , scott carey writes a chapter called LIFE IN A DOLLHOUSE. Its a very short section in the book. In the movie, the part where scott is in the dollhouse is even shorter.

    I think a huge part of story should occur when scott lives in a dollhouse. Its an absolutely fascinating concept that a man is small enough to live like a doll. I think exploration of a man who is so small that he is forced to live in a dollhouse would be most incredible part of his story. Family and friends now can take scott out of the dollhouse without his approval. He has dangers from creatures and people like never before. Even the littlest people, children, are able to pick him up and perhaps hurt him if they are not careful. Can you imagine what life would be like for this person?

    What if it were you? or what if you were lousie carey? How do you think your life would be if you had to live in a dollhouse? Helpless , reliant on others and stuck, unless people you knew were interested in fullfulling your requests and thats unlikely if you are 2 – 3 inches tall. What if you are the woman in lousie careys situation? if your husband or boyfriend were to become the doll in the dollhouse. How would you handle the new situation?

    Share the particulars of your situation. Who would you be afraid of ? who would you trust? How would you make do with the new life? Would you make the best of it or would it be too horrible a life for you?

    I love the idea of a man living in a dollhouse, now struggling in a world he once had a typical life in.

    How do others feel?

  27. Yxklyx
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    I read a similar short story back in the 60s/70s (who knows maybe it’s this same story). In that one, he shrinks to atomic and then sub atomic scale and discovers new worlds much like ours. When he approaches these worlds (still huge) the inhabitants think of him as God. He eventually walks amongst these people until he shrinks from their sight and the cycle repeats itself…

  28. afreeman-6
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    Just before he shrinks into nothing, Scott wonders that if there were other radioactive clouds like the one he encountered on the boat, then maybe other people would shrink to the same infinitely small size as himself.

    But is he forgetting that it was the interaction of the radioactive mist and the insecticide he had been sprayed with that caused him to shrink ?

    Or was he thinking that the environment had become so polluted that sooner or later someone would be exposed both to insecticide and to radioactive clouds (from atomic testing, presumably), and thus undergo the same chemical reactions that caused him to shrink ?

  29. Mercader79
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    Surely it would be impossible to shave once you got below a certain size? He did get a bit stubbly but I’d have expected him to look more like the "It’s…" guy at the start of Monty Python by the end. He actually only looked like he’d missed a few day’s shaving.

    Great film though. An underrated classic.

  30. Gordon-M
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    Scott Carey: "I was continuing to shrink, to become… what? The infinitesimal? What was I? Still a human being? Or was I the man of the future? If there were other bursts of radiation, other clouds drifting across seas and continents, would other beings follow me into this vast new world? So close – the infinitesimal and the infinite. But suddenly, I knew they were really the two ends of the same concept. The unbelievably small and the unbelievably vast eventually meet – like the closing of a gigantic circle. I looked up, as if somehow I would grasp the heavens. The universe, worlds beyond number, God’s silver tapestry spread across the night. And in that moment, I knew the answer to the riddle of the infinite. I had thought in terms of man’s own limited dimension. I had presumed upon nature. That existence begins and ends in man’s conception, not nature’s. And I felt my body dwindling, melting, becoming nothing. My fears melted away. And in their place came acceptance. All this vast majesty of creation, it had to mean something. And then I meant something, too. Yes, smaller than the smallest, I meant something, too. To God, there is no zero."

    Awesome, stirring words. A great example of how science fiction can be poetic, moving and memorable. One of the great movie speeches/soliloquys. Richard Matheson, we salute you!

    "We find ourselves like a hollow glass globe, from the emptiness of which – a voice speaks."

  31. Yxklyx
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    Maybe old news. I think the DVD has been out for a while but could not be rented. My local store and Netflix now carries it for rent!

  32. jervistetch
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    I just saw here on IMDb that they’re remaking this with Eddie Murphy in the title role. Someone please tell me it’s not true. Please.

  33. kedem524
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    Does anyone know whether any producer or any other person working on this film originally want to give it a happy ending? I would not think Richard Matheson would want to, but I am thinking someone else might have realized that most people would not like a film without a happy ending? This has happened with other films where someone tried to change an originally unhappy ending. Does anyone know whether that was the case with this film also?

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