Fantastic Voyage (1966)

35mm film, CinemaScope, colour, 2.35:1
mono, English

An American science fiction film directed by Richard Fleischer.

Plot Summary

A key diplomat is shot by assassins and lies dying on the operating table, a bullet lodged beyond the reach of conventional surgery. His only hope are a team of surgeons and who are miniaturized and, aboard a similarly shrunken hi-tech submarine, injected into his bloodstream. They have just 60 minutes to save the diplomat before they revert to their normal size but they have to battle antibodies and a saboteur along the way.


Directed by: Richard Fleischer
© MCMLXVI [1966] by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Twentieth Century-Fox presents a CinemaScope picture. A CinemaScope picture produced and released by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Produced by: Saul David
Unit Production Manager: Eric Stacey
Screenplay by: Harry Kleiner
Adaptation by: David Duncan
Based on a Story by: Otto Klement and Jay Lewis Bixby
Assistant Director: Ad Schaumer
Director of Photography: Ernest Laszlo
Film Editor: William B. Murphy
Color by: DeLuxe
Music: Leonard Rosenman
Sound: Bernard Freericks, David Dockendorf
Westrex Recording System
Makeup by: Ben Nye
Hair Styles by: Margaret Donovan
Special Photographic Effects: L.B. Abbott, Art Cruickshank, Emil Kosa Jr
Titles by: Richard Kuhn & National Screen Service
Art Direction: Jack Martin Smith, Dale Hennesy
Set Decorations: Walter M. Scott, Stuart A. Reiss
Technical Advisers: Fred Zendar, flying sequences: Peter Foy
Creative Production Research: Harper Goff
Locations: Los Angeles Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California, USA *
The makers of this film are indebted to the many , technicians and research scientists, whose knowledge and insight helped guide this production

Stephen Boyd (Grant)
Raquel Welch (Cora [Peterson])
Edmond O'Brien (General Carter)
Donald Pleasence (Dr Michaels)
Arthur O'Connell (Col. Donald Reid)
William Redfield (Capt. Bill Owens)
Arthur Kennedy (Dr Duval)
Jean Del Val (Jan Benes)
Barry Coe (communications aide)
Ken Scott (secret service)
Shelby Grant (nurse)
James Brolin (technician)
Brendan Fitzgerald (wireless operator)

Alternative Titles

Den fantastiska resan – Sweden
Fantastinen matka – Finland
Fantastisch Experiment – Netherlands
Fantastyczna podróz – Poland
Fantasztikus utazás – Hungary
Microscopia – early title
Die Phantastische Reise – Germany
Strange Journey
Viagem Fantástica – Portugal
Viaggio allucinante – Italy
Viaje alucinante – Spain
El viaje fantástico – Venezuela
Le voyage fantastique – France

See also
Doctor Who: Into the Dalek (2014)
Innerspace (1987)
Spaceballs (1987)



  • American Cinematographer vol.81 no.7 (July 2000) pp.144 – illustrated article (Wrap shot by Douglas Bankston)
  • Castle of Frankenstein no.10 p.6 p.45
  • Cinema Retro no.1 (January 2005) pp.42-43 – illustrated soundtrack review (Fantastic Voyage by Darren Allison)
  • The Daily Cinema no.9262 (31 August 1966) p.4
  • The Dark Side January/February 1996 p.19 – review
  • Empire no.169 (July 2003) p.144 – illustrated DVD review (Rwd by SR)
  • The Film Daily vol.128 no.142 (25 July 1966) p.7
  • Films and Filming vol.13 no.2 (November 1966) p.12
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.191 no.37 (25 July 1966) p.3
  • Kine Weekly no.3075 (8 September 1966) p.8
  • Legend no.27 (1998) pp.41-42 – soundtrack review (CD Reviews by Dirk Wickenden)
  • Legend no.28 (1999) pp.37-38 – soundtrack review (CD Reviews by Graham Watt)
  • Little Shoppe of Horrors no.12 (April 1994) pp.82-84 – illustrated interview with Raquel Welch (The ladies of Hammer by Ted Newsom)
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.33 no.393 (October 1966) p.151
  • Motion Picture Herald vol.236 no.5 (3 August 1966) p.569
  • Music from the Movies no.22 (Winter 1999) p.25 – illustrated article (Film music review by Mikael Carlsson)
  • Starburst no.201 (May 1995) p.54 – review (Fantastic features by John Brosnan)
  • Starburst no.300 (June 2003) p.111 – illustrated DVD review (Fantastic Voyage/Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea by David Richardson)
  • Starburst Special (October 1994) pp.12-15 – illustrated interview with Richard Fleischer (Leagues ahead by Howard Maxford)
  • Variety 27 July 1966


  • Encyclopedia of American Spy Films by Larry Langman & David Ebner p.125 – credits, note
  • Escape Velocity by Bradley Schauer p.144
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.131 – credits, review
  • The International Spy Guide 001 by Richard Rhys Davies p.307 – illustrated credits, note
  • Movies of the 60s by Jürgen Müller pp.388-395 – illustrated review (by LP [Lars Penning])
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.133 – credits
  • Variety Science-Fiction Movies by Julian Brown (ed.) p.43 – credits, review