Joe Dante (1987)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This attempt to update Fantastic Voyage doesn't measure up to director Joe Dante's best work, but it's still a notch above the usual Hollywood fodder. Dennis Quaid plays the hotshot military man who's miniaturised and mistakenly pumped into the body of lowly supermarket clerk Martin Short. 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.


A Navy test pilot is shrunk in a ground-breaking scientific experiment, but instead of being injected into a laboratory rabbit, the tiny specimen accidentally winds up inside a hypochondriac supermarket worker. As he tries to find a way out, criminals come after the unlikely duo in search of the secret of the miniaturising technology. Sci-fi comedy, starring Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, Meg Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Fiona Lewis and Vernon Wells.

Cast & Crew

Lt 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 Wendy Schaal
Director Joe Dante
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia-Cannon-WarnerGuidance: Edited for violence, language.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama Comedy