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Innerspace (1987)

Comedy about hotshot airforce pilot Tuck Pendelton (Dennis Quaid) who is miniaturised and mistakenly injected into the body of hapless hypochondriac supermarket clerk Jack Putter (Martin Short).

innerspace7This attempt to update Fantastic Voyage (1966) doesn’t measure up to director Joe Dante’s best work, but it’s still a notch above the usual Hollywood fodder.

The effects are excellent and Dante’s sly humour shines through occasionally, but it lacks the anarchy the director is noted for and Short’s hysterics eventually begin to grate.

Meg Ryan pops up as the love interest and there are good supporting turns from Kevin McCarthy and Henry Gibson. Dante regular Dick Miller, once a fixture in Roger Corman’s movies, has a cameo as a cab driver.

Lieutenant Tuck Pendelton
Dennis Quaid
Jack Putter
Martin Short
Lydia Maxwell
Meg Ryan
Victor Scrimshaw
Kevin McCarthy
Dr Margaret Canker
Fiona Lewis
Mr Igoe
Vernon Wells
The Cowboy
Robert Picardo
Wendy Schaal
Pete Blanchard
Harold Sylvester
Dr Greenbush
William Schallert
Mr Wormwood
Henry Gibson
Ozzie Wexler
John Hora
Dr Niles
Mark L. Taylor
Kevin Hooks

Joe Dante