After being exposed to a bizarre mixture of household chemicals, Pat Kramer begins to shrink. This baffles scientists, makes parenting difficult, warms the hearts of Americans, and captures the attention of a group of people who want to take over the world. This evil group plots to kidnap Pat and perform experiments on her so that they can eventually shrink everyone.Written by
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Lead actress Lily Tomlin plays four characters in the movie. They are Edith Ann, telephone operator Ernestine, neighbor Judith Beasley, and central character Pat Kramer. See more »
When Concepcion is being distracted during the abduction of Pat, cigarette smoke can be seen drifting into frame several times. Neither she nor the man at the door is smoking. It must come from the camera crew. See more »
Please, won't you help me? You are so much kinder, than the others.
Look, I only work here lady.
Don't you know who I am? I'm the shrinking woman, I'm Pat Kramer.
You're Pat Kramer's clone, the real Pat Kramer's dead.
Deader, than a doornail.
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When ABC broadcast the film in 1983, there are scenes that were not in the theatrical cut: Dr. Ruth, communicating with patients, on monitors. During these scenes, Pat was finding ways to get out of her cage. Also, this scene includes Lily Tomlin's role as Edith Ann (Little Girl, which she played on her Broadway shows). Finally, Pat Kramer tries to reach the switches, to turn on the monitor but, she turned it on with her foot. See more »
Semi-spoof of The Incredible Shrinking Man has Lily Tomlin playing a housewife who tests several of her husband's (Charles Grodin) household products and soon finds herself shrinking. This was Joel Schumacher's directorial debut and he handles the material fairly well but the problem is that the material isn't that great to start with. The film tries to be very smart and hip when it comes to commercialism but it forgets to add very many laughs. There are several cute scenes that earn a smile but nothing beyond that. Grodin is wasted in his role as the father and Ned Beatty doesn't add too much either. The highlight is certainly Tomlin in her three roles.
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