Innerspace was released on July 1, 1987. Directed by Joe Dante and released by Amblin Entertainment. Steven Spielberg acted as executive producer.

The science-fiction comedy starred Dennis Quaid, Meg Ryan, and the hilarious Martin Short. It won an Oscar for Best Visual effects. In the US it grossed $25 million at the box office and another $42 million in rental worldwide.

The Movie

Lt. Tuck Pendleton (Quaid) quits the navy to join a secret miniaturization project. The experiments go according to plan and Pendleton and the pod he pilots is shrunk to microscopic size. The idea was to inject him into a lab rabbit, but the complex gets raided by henchmen from a rival lab, stealing the syringe with Pendleton still inside.

A lab technician learns of the plans of the other company and flees with the syringe, injecting the first person he comes across. The unlucky Jack Putter (Short) is a hypochondriac grocery store employee. Pendleton’s oblivious of what is happening and assumes he is inside the rabbit. By attaching a camera to Jack’s optic nerves he discovers he is actually inside a human. From here the movie culminates into a hilarious series of events, as they attempt to rescue Pendleton

The Cast

  • Dennis Quaid as Lt. Tuck Pendleton
  • Martin Short as Jack Putter
  • Meg Ryan as Lydia Maxwell
  • Kevin McCarthy as Victor Scrimshaw
  • Fiona Lewis as Dr. Margaret Canker
  • Robert Picardo as The Cowboy
  • Vernon Wells as Mr. Igoe
  • Henry Gibson as Mr. Wormwood
  • William Schallert as Dr. Greenbrush
  • Wendy Schaal as Wendy
  • Harold Sylvester as Pete Blanchard
  • John Hora as Dr. Ozzie Wexler
  • Orson Bean as Lydia’s Editor
  • Kevin Hooks as Duane Florney
  • Dick Miller as Taxi Driver
  • Kathleen Freeman as Dream Lady


Innerspace was nominated for and won the Oscar for Best visual effects at the 1988 Academy Awards.

Movie Trailer


Innerspace – Wikipedia