To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fantastic Voyage, we’ve teamed up with Sci-Fi-London to present a special screening of Richard Fleischer’s diminutive classic.
Original poster design: Ryan Humphrey (www.ryanhumphrey.co.uk)
Prints available to buy here
When a failed assassination attempt leaves a top miniaturisation scientist in a coma, a submarine containing a highly specialised crew is shrunk to microscopic size and injected into his blood stream. The team, including agent Charles Grant (Stephen Boyd), Dr Michaels (Donald Pleasance), surgeon Dr Peter Duval (Arthur Kennedy), and his assistant Cora Peterson (Raquel Welch) have 60 minutes to remove a blood clot in his brain before the submarine reverts to its normal size and the scientist’s secret formula is lost forever.
Richard Fleischer, USA 1966, U, 100mins
“The lavish production, boasting some brilliant special effects and superior creative efforts, is an entertaining, enlightening excursion through inner space”
“Their voyage through the body’s bloodstream past assorted organs was created by inventive special effects that make this one of the more visually interesting science fiction films of its era”
–TV Guide’s Movie Guide
The screening will be preceded by a talk from science fiction scholar Professor Edward James who will examine the history of shrinking in sci-fi films. From Dr Cyclops, The Incredible Shrinking Man, through Innerspace and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, right up to 2015’s Ant-Man, shrinking and resizing has been a staple of the genre ever since Alice first decided to ‘Drink Me’. Professor James will explore the history and origins of shrinking as a science fictional concept.