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    The Incredible Shrinking Man

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    Released

    1957

    Runtime

    81

    The Incredible Shrinking Man

    What's it About

    Scott Carey (Williams) and Louise (Stuart) are a happily married, 1950s-era couple on a relaxing boating vacation. When a mysterious cloud rains a strange mist all over Scott, neither thinks much of it until six months later when he begins to continually diminish in size, presumably from radioactive waste. Now a medical marvel and fodder for hungry tabloids, Scott faces a world filled with unexpected, treacherous dangers. Even a household cat is a threat. Will Scott regain his stature or shrink into nothingness?

    Why we love it

    Kitschy and thought-provoking in equal measure, this sci-fi cult classic depicts the technology-induced paranoia prevalent in the atomic age. But its central existential question &mash; does Scott's soul shrink along with his body? — elevates the fanciful tale above most 1950s B-movie horror pics. Contemporary viewers won't miss the seams around the edges of the special effects (which were cutting-edge in their day), but that won't lessen the pleasure of this inventive film. Earnestly acted and beautifully written by pioneering sci-fi and horror author Richard Matheson, it's no stretch to call this movie "incredible."

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