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INNERSPACE
1987, Warner Bros., 120 min, USA, Dir: Joe Dante

Lt. Tuck Pendleton (Dennis Quaid) volunteers for an experiment in which he is shrunk down to microscopic size; when rival scientists storm the lab, Pendleton is injected into the bloodstream of a hypochondriac (Martin Short) to protect the top-secret technology. This action-comedy take on FANTASTIC VOYAGE won an Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Costarring Meg Ryan.


POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE
1990, Sony Repertory, 101 min, USA, Dir: Mike Nichols

Carrie Fisher adapted her semi-autobiographical best-seller about an actress (Meryl Streep) struggling to get her career back on track after a stint in rehab, and to come to terms with her mother (Shirley MacLaine), who had been a star herself a few decades earlier. Streep’s Oscar-nominated performance makes one wish she got more comedic roles and, as usual in a Nichols film, even the smaller parts shine, with Dennis Quaid, Gene Hackman, Richard Dreyfuss, Rob Reiner and Annette Bening among the supporting cast.


BREAKING AWAY
1979, 20th Century Fox, 101 min, USA, Dir: Peter Yates

Four teenagers (Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Daniel Stern, Jackie Earle Haley) come of age in an Indiana university town where their status as "townies" creates numerous economic and emotional obstacles. Paul Dooley stands out in a uniformly excellent cast as the befuddled father of a young man who sees cycling as his way out of obscurity.


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