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InnerSpace (1987)

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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 11:40 pm    Post subject: InnerSpace (1987) Reply with quote

Fantastic Voyage suffered from a sad lack of humor.

This movie does not. In fact it could have used a few more plot elements on the serious side.

However, it's still enjoyable, and the cast is quite good. For example, Dennis Quaid is charming as a Naval pilot, similar to his role in The Right Stuff.

Meg Ryan is his spunky girlfriend, similar to her role in Top Gun. Martin Short is a goofy little nerd who yearns NOT to be a goofy little nerd, similar to his role in Three Amigos.

On the flip side, Kevin McCarthy is a ruthless businessman who wants to get control of a revolutionary hi-tech process, similar to his role in . . . well, absolutely no other movie he's ever been in.

Robert Picardo (The Doctor from Star Trek: Voyager) plays a wacky henchmen of McCarthy who speaks with a comic accent and styles himself like a rhinestone cowboy. And if that isn't weird enough, the miniaturized Dennis Quaid who's inside Martin Short's body uses some sort of face-reshaping process to make Martin look just like Robert so they can fool the bad guys!

Like I said, this movie does NOT suffer from a lack of humorous elements.

There's plenty of imaginative special effects and exciting action, all emphasized by the great score by Jerry Goldsmith. The movie was a perfect feature for fun-loving families with parents who wanted to share a lighthearted science fiction movie with their kids.

Unfortunately there aren't enough of those folks in America to make a movie like this successful, so the $27 million budget only brought in $25 million at the box office. We've seen that happen time after time with films like The Rocketeer, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, and *batteries not included.

I think I've mentioned this before, but the failure of movies and TV series that require an audience with both intelligence and imagination tend to do poorly at the box office and in the television ratings simply because that segment of the American population is a minority group too small to make such praise-worthy projects profitable. Sad

It's a phenomenon similar to the fact that message boards like All Sci-Fi are dying out, and the ones still around have a small but dedicated group of members who enjoy the company of like-minded people.
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_____________ Innerspace (1987) Official Trailer


Is there no man on this earth who has the wisdom and innocence of a child? (I mean, other than me.)__Cool

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To quote from "InnerSpace is one flick everyone seems to forget about. Everyone has seen it and loved it and found it hilarious, so why is it that no one seems to mention it when it comes to discussing classics from the 80s?"

"Joe Dante, who had great success with Gremlins, teamed up with Steven Spielberg again for InnerSpace. Originally the producers wanted something like the classic film Fantastic Voyage, but Joe Dante didn’t want to go in that direction and jumped ship. John Carpenter stepped in and got it re-written by Jeffery Boam who later went on to write Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Boam did a complete overhaul, and Dante returned as director as Carpenter left to do Big Trouble in Little China."

"InnerSpace has a fantastic cast. Dennis Quad and Martin Short provided some great comedy, and you see regular cast members from previous Joe Dante flicks. What people most remember about this film is the incredible visual effects, everything done in miniature form by the effects wizard Dennis Muren."

Talking about Top Gun, is it just me or does the man in the middle of the poster look rather like Tom Cruise...? The quote above was slightly modified to sort out some differences in tense.
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the funny running gags in the movie was Vernon Wells ("The Road Warrior", "Commando") as the silent Mr. Igoe. It wasn't that he couldn't speak. He was silent because every time he went to speak he got cutoff or interrupted.

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