Joe Dante's 1987 sci-fi comedy, Innerspace, is the story of a shrunken astronaut who gets injected into the backside of a hypochondriac assistant manager of Safeway.
Now that synopsis may not sound promising, but trust me: it's a great film.
Dennis Quaid is Tuck Pendleton (fantastic name), a gobby, arrogant, alcoholic astronaut. At the start of the film, he and his spacecraft are to be miniaturized by the US government, and injected into a rabbit.
I'm not sure why; something to do with the Cold War, and Reds under the Bed, or something.
Things don't go to plan for Tuck; shortly after he's been miniaturized and sucked up into a syringe, terrorists break into the science laboratory and steal the microchip needed to restore him to full size.
The plan to shove him up a rabbit's hole has to be aborted.
Lead scientist Ozzy manages to escape from the lab with the syringe, and runs to the nearby shopping mall, where before getting shot dead by a man with a robot arm he inject Tucks into the bottom of Jack Putter (Martin Short), the hypochondriac assistant manager of Safeway.
The plot thereafter: Jack has to collect the missing microchip, and get Tuck back to the lab to be un-miniaturized within 48 hours or he will die.
Oh, and he has to get Tuck back together with Lydia (played by Meg Ryan, back in the days before she looked like one of the cat people. She's certainly putting out Tuck's fires with gasoline in this film. No? It's a David Bowie reference; look it up).
Full of laughs, energy, excitement, ridiculous Cold War era villains, that creepy looking guy off The 'Burbs, and great music, Innerspace is brilliant entertainment.
A couple of quibbles:
1) Why did they ask Rod Stewart to record a horrible 80s version of Twistin the Night Away? What was wrong with the original?
2) The poster for the theatrical release was great, and was used as the cover art for the original VHS video. Quite why they replaced it with the ghastly nonsense defacing the DVD box is beyond me.
- Actors: Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, Meg Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Fiona Lewis
- Directors: Joe Dante
- Writers: Jeffrey Boam, Chip Proser
- Producers: Michael Finnell, Steven Spielberg, Peter Guber, Jon Peters, Frank Marshall
- Format: PAL, Subtitled
- Language: English
- Subtitles: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Romanian, Spanish
- Region: Region 2 ( DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Whv
- Run Time: 115 minutes
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- ASIN: B0000695KH
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