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Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1978)

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A group of scientists band together to save the world from mutated killer tomatoes.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Miller ...
George Wilson ...
Sharon Taylor ...
J. Stephen Peace ...
Lt. Wilbur Finletter (as Rock Peace)
Ernie Meyers ...
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Ron Shapiro ...
Al Sklar ...
Jerrold Anderson ...
Major Mills (as Jerry Anderson)
Don Birch ...
Tom Coleman ...
Singing Soldier
Art K. Koustik ...
FIA Director (as Art Koustik)
Jack Nolen ...
Senator McKinley
Paul Oya ...
Dr. Nokitofa
John Qualls ...
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Storyline

After a wave of reports of mysterious attacks involving people and pets being eaten by the traditionally docile fruit, a special government task force is set up to investigate the violent veggies and put a stop to their murderous spree. Included in this crack team are a lieutenant who never goes anywhere without his parachute, an underwater expert who's never out of his scuba gear, and a master of disguise who conceals his appearance by dressing as a black Adolf Hitler. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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8 October 1978 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Ataque dos Tomates Assassinos  »

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$90,000 (estimated)
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The helicopter crash in the early scenes was unintentional. You clearly see the helicopter's tail rotor blades accidentally hitting the ground which caused the helicopter to spin out of control and crash, with debris and the top rotor blades narrowly missing the policemen in the scene and the crew off camera. The pilot received minor injuries. After being pulled from the wreck, Jack Riley and George Wilson quickly ad-libbed the rest of the scene as the wreck was set on fire. The crash of the $60,000 rented helicopter used up more of the budget than all other aspects of the film combined. See more »

Quotes

Wilbur Finletter: My God! It's Adolf Hitler!
Mason Dixon: This is Sam Smith. He's our undercover expert. He's only disguised as Adolf Hitler.
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Soundtracks

THEME FROM ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES
Words and Music by John De Bello
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Attack of the Killer Tomatoes .... a tomato ate my sister.... they're marching into San Jose....
5 August 2005 | by (Hell's Kitchen, NYC) – See all my reviews

The easiest way to describe this movie is as a satire. The target of the satire is quite vast, from the US Government to corporate America. It is also not a stinging satire, but rather a silly one.

Think of this movie as a mix between the Kentucky Fried movie, Airplane and Police Squad series, done with a much smaller budget and not as funny. I can see how this movie is a satire of many sci-fi disaster movies from the 50's and 60's. I see this movie as a big influence on Tim Burton's Mars Attacks.

The plot is simple enough. Genetically engineered giant tomatoes go "crazy" and start attacking people and cities. At first there is a cover up and then it blows over into full blown war.

The movie runs the gamut of characters and characterizations : Lois "Fairchild" (a Lois Lane clone), a very ambitious Presidential Press Secretary, Clark Kent, Mason Dixon (FIA agent who hasn't worked since the Bay of Pigs), a useless President (who only seems to be able to sign his name and attack New York), an even inept Congress, a sleazy marketing CEO, and Mason's team consisting of an obese East German "female" swimmer, a scuba diver, a crazed WWII paratrooper and an African-American disguise expert (disguised as George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Hitler and finally as a tomato). Did I also forget to mention, lots and lots of tomatoes? There are all kinds of tomatoes from small tomatoes, to giant plastic tomatoes, to smashed tomatoes, to tomato juice and finally to people dressed up as tomatoes.

On top of all this, you have a couple of musical numbers as well. They aren't that good and seem to be dubbed. The best tune is by far the theme of the movie ("Attack of the Killer Tomatoes"). It is way too catchy and you might end up humming or singing it in public. Be warned.

Most of the movie is quite amusing and shows the absurdity of various real life situations as well as various entertainment genres. I don't believe I was induced to laughter, but mostly smiled and scratched my head. I definitely recommend this movie for fans of B and C grade movies, but only as a rental.

-Celluloid Rehab


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