The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
Average Rating: 7.6/10
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The screen's great existential science fiction film, The Incredible Shrinking Man stars Grant Williams in the title role. While catching some rays on his brother's yacht, Scott Carey (Williams) is enveloped by a mysterious dark cloud. Soon after, he discovers that he's getting thinner -- and smaller. Despite the assuring attitude of his family doctor (the inevitable William Schallert), Scott is losing an inch's worth of height with each passing day. It is finally determined that he has developed
Feb 22, 1957 Wide
May 13, 2008
MCA Universal Home Video
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Dr. Thomas Silver
Dr. Arthur Bramson
Frank J. Scannell
A moving, strangely pantheist assertion of what it really means to be alive. A pulp masterpiece.
The surreal intensity of outsize objects that loom as the hero shrinks is handled effectively, and the mystical happy ending is a better payoff than one would expect of the genre.
Earns its ponderous tone, and the final moments are as fitting as they are unexpected.
Notable for its relatively intelligent script, for some imaginatively amusing special effects, and for an existential streak which finally has our (tiny) hero pondering the meaning of existence.
Surprisingly provocative 50's sci-fi that goes beyond the thrilling spider battle
One of the landmark sci-fi efforts of the 1950s
One of the best s-f flicks of the 1950s. A tragic story that is exciting and touching.
Sparse direction allows the tension to build naturally so that the terror and poignancy of the story work their way into the audience's brain without being forced. A total classic.
Clever, but pretentious
All-time sci-fi classic.
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February 13, 2013:MGM Plans Shrinking Man Remake
Author Richard Matheson, who wrote the 1956 novel, is working on the screenplay with his son.
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