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The Incredible Shrinking Man

Venice Classics

Director:
Jack Arnold
Production:
Universal Pictures
Running Time:
81’
Language:
English
Country:
USA
Year:
1957
Main Cast:
Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent
Screenplay:
Richard Matheson, Richard Allan Simmons
Cinematographer:
Ellis W. Carter
Editor:
Albrecht Joseph
Production Designer:
Robert Clatworthy, Alexander Golitzen
Costume Designer:
Jay A. Morley Jr.
Music:
Irving Gertz
Sound:
Leslie I. Carey, Robert Pritchard
Visual Effects:
Clifford Stine
Restoration:
Universal Pictures

Synopsis

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

Director’s Statement

The only fight I had with Universal was on The Incredible Shrinking Man, and I won it. They wanted a happy ending. They wanted him to suddenly start to grow again, and I said, “Over my dead body.” So they said, “Well, let’s test your ending.” And at the previews it went over so well, they agreed it was best to keep it. But I had something of a to-do with them at first, and I had to explain that this was not a film suited to a happy ending. I felt the ending had a kind of religious significance. I thought that the impact and the mood created as he climbed through this little grill that he couldn’t climb through before was good. The way Grant Williams played the scene and what we did with it I felt was cinematic, but that’s my opinion. [...] The Incredible Shrinking Man gave me an opportunity to say some things about society.
Jack is Back, interview by Bill Kelly, in CINEFANTASTIQUE, volume 4, no. 2, 1975.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION: Universal Pictures
Michael Daruty, SVP, Global Media Operations
100 Universal City Plaza, Bldg. 1440, Floor 17
91608 – Universal City, CA, United States
Tel. 818-777-4727
michael.daruty@nbcuni.com

PRODUCTION WHEN THE FILM WAS MADE: Universal Pictures

WORLD SALES: Bell Jack – Park Circus
15 Woodside Crescent
G3 7UL, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Tel. + 44 0)141 323 2175
info@parkcircus.com
http://www.parkcircus.com

PRESS OFFICE: Aaron Rogers – NBCUniversal
100 Universal City Plaza, 4250-3
91608 Universal City, United States
Tel. 8187772352
Mob. 8187490316
aaron.rogers@nbcuni.com


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