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The Incredible Shrinking Woman

The Incredible Shrinking Woman movie poster
Directed by Joel Schumacher
Produced by Hank Moonjean
Written by Richard Matheson
Jane Wagner
Starring Lily Tomlin
Charles Grodin
Ned Beatty
John Glover
Elizabeth Wilson
Music by Suzanne Ciani
Cinematography Bruce Logan
Editing by Jeff Gourson
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) January 30, 1981
Running time 88 min.
Country USA
Language English
Budget N/A
IMDb profile

The Incredible Shrinking Woman is a 1981 science fiction/comedy film, starring Lily Tomlin, Charles Grodin, Ned Beatty, John Glover and Elizabeth Wilson, and directed by Joel Schumacher. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (481x755, 60 KB) This image is of a movie poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the movie or the studio which produced the movie in question. ... Joel Schumacher (born August 29, 1939) is an American film director, writer and producer. ... Richard Matheson Richard Burton Matheson (born February 20, 1926) is an American author and screenwriter, typically of fantasy, horror or science fiction. ... Jane Wagner (born February 2nd, 1935), Morristown, Tennessee, USA. Playwright and actress Wagner is best known as Lily Tomlins comedy writer, collaborator, and romantic partner. ... Tomlin as The West Wings Deborah Fiderer. ... Grodin on The Charles Grodin Show Charles Grodin (born April 21, 1935) is an American actor and cable talk show host. ... Ned Beatty Ned Thomas Beatty (born Louisville, Kentucky July 6, 1937 to Charles William Beatty and Margaret Lennis) is an American character actor, who has appeared in over 100 films. ... John Glover (born August 7, 1944 in Salisbury, Maryland) is an American actor, best known for a range of villainous roles in films and television, including Lionel Luthor in Smallville. ... Suzanne Ciani is a pioneer in electronic music and one of the few women to blaze a trail in the genre. ... Universal Pictures is the main motion picture production/distribution arm of Universal Studios, a subsidiary of NBC Universal. ... January 30 is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... Comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humour with an intent to provoke laughter in general). ... Tomlin as The West Wings Deborah Fiderer. ... Grodin on The Charles Grodin Show Charles Grodin (born April 21, 1935) is an American actor and cable talk show host. ... Ned Beatty Ned Thomas Beatty (born Louisville, Kentucky July 6, 1937 to Charles William Beatty and Margaret Lennis) is an American character actor, who has appeared in over 100 films. ... For others with the same name, see: John Glover (disambiguation). ... Joel Schumacher (born August 29, 1939) is an American film director, writer and producer. ...

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Plot summary

The film is a take-off on the 1957 science fiction classic, The Incredible Shrinking Man. The Incredible Shrinking Man is a 1957 science fiction film directed by Jack Arnold and adapted for the screen by Richard Matheson from his novel The Shrinking Man. ...


Pat Kramer is an ordinary suburban wife and mother until she gets exposed to a strange mixture of household chemicals, including 'Galaxy Glue,' a new product from her husband's advertising agency. Soon after, she begins to shrink. As she becomes smaller and smaller, she finds it nearly impossible to fulfill her role as wife and mother. Eventually, she becomes a celebrity of sorts, appearing on the Mike Douglas show. Soon she is less than a foot tall. She is kidnapped by a group of mad scientists, who make it seem she perished in the kitchen garbage disposal. The scientists plan to shrink everyone in the world. With the help of the lab custodian and a super-intelligent gorilla, Kramer escapes. Pat shrinks to microscopic size and falls into a puddle of spilled household product chemicals - which makes her return to her normal size. The film ends with Pat's homecoming, however when her foot makes her shoe split open - the audience is left to imagine that she will now grow past her normal size. An advertising agency or ad agency is a service business dedicated to creating, planning and handling advertising (and sometimes other forms of promotion) for their clients. ... Mike Douglas, born Michael Delaney Dowd, Jr. ... Caucasian, male, aging, crooked teeth, messy hair, lab coat, spectacles/goggles, dramatic posing — one popular stereotype of a mad scientist. ... Under-sink garbage disposal shown with optional dishwasher drain hose and air gap, top left. ... Type Species Troglodytes gorilla Savage, 1847 distribution of Gorilla Species Gorilla gorilla Gorilla beringei The gorilla, the largest of the living primates, is a ground-dwelling herbivore that inhabits the forests of Africa. ...


The film's carries an anti-consumerist message, since a collection of perfumes, cleansers, and assorted household products is what causes Pat to shrink, and some consider it an early acknowledgement of multiple chemical sensitivity disorder. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ...


Trivia

  • This was originally planned to be a 3D film, but the idea was ultimately scrapped.
  • Pat's neighbor Mrs. Judith Beasley sells a line of household products called Flow-Naturelle.
  • Pat and her family live in the fictional suburb of Tasty Meadows.
  • Prop products shown in the film included aerosol cheese spray: "Cheese Tease", "Galaxy Glue", feminine hygiene spray: "Breathe Easy", and the prototype for a new perfume called "Sexpot".
  • Actor Dick Wilson plays a fussy supermarket manager - much like his famous Charmin tissue TV commercial character: Mr. Whipple.
  • Mike Douglas sings the song "Little Things Mean Alot" on his show before Pat Kramer comes out on stage.
  • A scene was cut where Pat Kramer shrinks some more while backstage at The Mike Douglas Show. Judith Beasley comes to the rescue by fashioning a tiny dress for Pat to wear from the cut sleeve of her own blouse. In the final version, Judith is shown in the studio audience with one of her sleeves missing.
  • Lily Tomlin plays four characters in this film: lead character Pat Kramer, her neighbor Judith Beasley, Tomlin's Laugh-In characters "Ernestine" (a telephone operator) and "Edith Ann" (a little girl) who wanders in the lab (although the Edith Ann segment was cut from the theatrical release version of the film).
  • Rick Baker played Sidney the Gorilla. In 1981 he was the very first recipient of the Oscar for Best Make-Up for "An American Werewolf in London" when the category was first introduced. Baker's career, especially his early fascination with gorillas and his work in three movies featuring them is told in the TV documentary "Gorillas: Primal Contact."
  • A Mike Douglas audience member holds up a sign reading "Small is Beautiful." A book by that same title was written by E.F. Schumacher (no relation to director Joel).

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Cast

  • Lily Tomlin .... Pat Kramer/Judith Beasley
  • Charles Grodin .... Vance Kramer
  • Ned Beatty .... Dan Beame
  • Henry Gibson .... Dr, Eugene Nortz
  • Elizabeth Wilson .... Dr. Ruth Ruth
  • Mark Blankfield .... Rob
  • Maria Smith .... Concepcion
  • Pamela Bellwood .... Sandra Dyson
  • John Glover .... Tom Keller
  • Nicholas Hormann .... Logan Carver
  • Jim McMullan .... Lyle Parks (as James McMullan)
  • Shelby Balik .... Beth Kramer
  • Justin Dana .... Jeff Kramer
  • Rick Baker .... Sidney (as Richard A. Baker)
  • Mike Douglas .... Himself
  • Dick Wilson .... Store Manager
  • Sally Kirkland .... Store Cashier

Tomlin as The West Wings Deborah Fiderer. ... Grodin on The Charles Grodin Show Charles Grodin (born April 21, 1935) is an American actor and cable talk show host. ... Ned Beatty Ned Thomas Beatty (born Louisville, Kentucky July 6, 1937 to Charles William Beatty and Margaret Lennis) is an American character actor, who has appeared in over 100 films. ... Henry Gibson (born September 21, 1935 in Germantown, Pennsylvania) is an American actor who was famous as a cast member of Rowan and Martins Laugh-In. ... Pamela Bellwood (born June 26, 1945) is an actress most famous for her role as Claudia Blaisdel Carrington on the primetime soap opera, Dynasty. ... John Glover (born August 7, 1944 in Salisbury, Maryland) is an American actor, best known for a range of villainous roles in films and television, including Lionel Luthor in Smallville. ... Richard A. Rick Baker (born December 8, 1950 in Binghamton, New York, USA) is a Hollywood special makeup effects artist known for his realistic creature effects. ... Mike Douglas, born Michael Delaney Dowd, Jr. ... Not to be confused with Richard Wilson. ... Sally Kirkland (born October 31, 1944) is an American actress. ...

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The Incredible Shrinking Man (1946 words)
One of the classics of 1950s science fiction, The Incredible Shrinking Man holds up still today as an involving adventure story (that admittedly only takes place in some guy's basement) thanks to the good special effects and the able work of Grant Williams as a dude that keeps getting smaller and smaller.
Luckily, The Incredible Shrinking Man plays the gimmick seriously, never for a moment forgetting that if you really did shrink down to Inch High Private Eye status, it wouldn't just be riding around on flying ants and sneaking in the girls' locker room.
So you can see that while in today's world an Incredible Shrinking Man would be protected, back in the good old days when women still put on the pearls to vacuum the living room, he was screwed.
The Incredible Shrinking Man - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (408 words)
The Incredible Shrinking Man is a 1957 science fiction film directed by Jack Arnold and adapted for the screen by Richard Matheson from his novel The Shrinking Man.
The final permutation (female shrinkage) eventually appeared in 1981 with The Incredible Shrinking Woman, in which Lily Tomlin played the wife of an advertising man; she shrinks as a result of exposure to household products.
Currently there are plans for a remake of The Incredible Shrinking Man as a comedy which will revolve around a magician (slated to be Eddie Murphy) who suddenly starts to dwindle and frantically searches for a way to revert back to his previous size.
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