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Title: Fantastic Voyage
Director: Richard Fleischer
Starring: Stephen Boyd, Racquel Welch, Edmond O'Brian, Donald Pleasence
Release Date: Aug. 24, 1966 (USA)
Running Time: 100 min
Genres: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Scientist Jan Benes, working behind the Iron Curtain, figures out how to make the process last forever, but before he has a chance to escape, he gets shot by Soviets and ends up in a coma with a bloot clot in his brain. The only way to save him is to miniaturize a group of scientists aboard a submarine and have them remove the clot from inside with a laser.
A submarine called the Proteus is built for this purpose and miniaturized along with its crew to a length of just one micron, at which scale the miniaturization will only last for one hour. They're injected into Benes' blood stream and attempt to pilot the Proteus to his clot, but they run into all sorts of problems, including being inadvertently pumped into his heart and ending up in his lung and inner ear as well as being attacked by some nasty antibodies. Can they remove the clot and make it out on time?
Comparison with the Novel
Here's the original movie trailer.
Here's the scene in which the Proteus is miniaturized and prepared for injection into Benes' blood stream.
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