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8 October 1978 (USA) See more »
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A group of scientists band together to save the world from mutated killer tomatoes. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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The purest form of High Concept movie making See more (86 total) »


  (in credits order)
David Miller ... Mason Dixon
George Wilson ... Jim Richardson
Sharon Taylor ... Lois Fairchild
J. Stephen Peace ... Lt. Wilbur Finletter (as Rock Peace)
Ernie Meyers ... The President

Eric Christmas ... Senator Polk
Ron Shapiro ... Newspaper Editor
Al Sklar ... Ted Swann
Jerrold Anderson ... Major Mills (as Jerry Anderson)
Don Birch ... Old Man
Tom Coleman ... Singing Soldier
Art K. Koustik ... FIA Director (as Art Koustik)
Jack Nolen ... Senator McKinley
Paul Oya ... Dr. Nokitofa
John Qualls ... Captain
Alan Scharf ... Roberts
Gary Smith ... Sam Smith
Byron Teegarden ... Dr. Morrison
Doug Vernon ... Scientist
Dean Grell ... Miss Potato Famine of 1922

Jack Riley ... Salesman
Von Schauer ... Special Appearance
Cindy Charles ... Housewife
Joe Price ... Detective #1
Gordon Ross ... Detective #2
D. Wayne Cyphert ... Husband
Efemia Dillon ... Wife
Rebecca Birch ... Old Woman

Nigel Barber ... Guard at Gate
John De Bello ... Janitor / Charles White
Paul Abbot ... Sergeant

Gregg Berger ... Sergeant
Wayne Wynne ... Mr. Mikkelson
Chad Demmon ... Bobby Drake
Ellen Drexler ... President's Secretary
Burt Miller ... The Admiral
Richard Curtis ... General #1
Hal Chidnoff ... General #2
David Hall ... Bruce
Benita Barton ... Gretta Attenbaum
Steve Cates ... Greg Colburn
Brian Cantwell ... Superman
Lydia Hannibal ... Receptionist (as Linda Hannibal)
James De Bello ... Deaf & Blind Cop
Richard Buresh ... Hotel Clerk
Dan Walsh ... Billy
Hutch the Dog ... Spot the Dog
Riba Nolan ... Lady at Supermarket

Costa Dillon ... Man in Library (as C.J. 'Clark' Dillon)
Mike Niederman ... Soldier at Phone
Jim Hess ... TV Reporter
D.J. Sullivan ... Mrs. Williams
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Oscar Granquist ... Dinner Guest
Michael R. Seewald ... Cameraman #1

Dana Ashbrook ... Boy on Boat (uncredited)
Gordon Browning ... Cigar-Smoking Senator (uncredited)
Patrick Browning ... Boy in Chair Reading (uncredited)
Ben Cassel ... Student in library (uncredited)

Robert Cox ... Stadium Crowd (uncredited)
Elissa Groh ... Biker's Screaming Girlfriend (uncredited)

Randee Lynne Jensen ... Stadium Crowd (uncredited)
Skot Pierson ... Stadium Tunnel Tomato Stomper (uncredited)
Marc Sandknop ... Boy in Crowd (uncredited)
Ralph Waxman ... UPS Man (uncredited)
Donna Woodrum ... Stadium Crowd (uncredited)

Directed by
John De Bello 
Writing credits
Costa Dillon (written by) &
John De Bello (written by) &
J. Stephen Peace (written by) (as Steve Peace)

Produced by
Michael Bard Bayer .... associate producer (2003 special edition)
John De Bello .... producer
J. Stephen Peace .... producer (as Steve Peace)
Mark L. Rosen .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Gordon Goodwin 
Paul Sundfor 
Cinematography by
John K. Culley 
Film Editing by
John De Bello 
Costume Design by
Costa Dillon  (as Constantine James Dillon)
Production Management
Costa Dillon .... production manager (as C.J. Dillon)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Costa Dillon .... assistant director
Costa Dillon .... second unit director (as C. James Dillon)
Art Department
Costa Dillon .... properties
Jean Hollbrook .... art work
Sound Department
Paul Wear .... sound
Special Effects by
Craig Berkos .... special effects
Robert Matzenauer .... special effects
John Eggett .... pyrotechnician (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Roger Dorney .... optical camera (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Craig Berkos .... grip
Steve Cates .... gaffer
Steve Dillon .... grip
Pete Hoffman .... assistant camera
Robert Matzenauer .... key grip
Julian Pena .... grip
Mike St. James .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cheryl Peace .... costume designer: tomato costume
Editorial Department
Robert Matzenauer .... assistant editor (as Bob Matzenaur)
Location Management
Costa Dillon .... location scout (as Constantine J. Dillon)
Music Department
John De Bello .... music editor
The Four Square Symphony Orchestra .... music performed by
Other crew
Craig Berkos .... miniaturization
Costa Dillon .... all purpose bit player (as 'Clark' Dillon)
Robert Matzenauer .... chief tomato maker
Robert Matzenauer .... giant tomatoes (as Bob Matzenaur)
Barbara Muir .... talent coordinator
Beth Reno .... production accountant
Gene Ames .... our thanks to
Robert Matzenauer .... our thanks to (as Ronald Matzenauer)

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83 min | 90 min (director's cut)
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This is the only film in the series that does not feature or mention Dr. Gangrene.See more »
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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26 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
The purest form of High Concept movie making, 6 December 2004
Author: junk-monkey ( from Highlands of Scotland

The trailers before the movie on my VHS copy are for a Hannah Barberra cartoon ("Yogi bear in the Arabian Nights" or something) which shows you who the marketing guys thought their target audience was and, taken on that kind of dumb stupid cartoon level, this is one of the funniest things I have seen for years. I laughed out loud several times whilst completely sober and on my own. Yes, its story structure is an utter mess, yes, the acting, directing, editing production values and sound (especially the sound) are awful, yes, a lot of the gags just don't work - the timing is all over the place sometimes jokes are rushed, other times they are stretched out way beyond their worth but as a whole "Tomatoes" is undeniably funny. I'm afraid I nearly wet myself when the Adolf Hitler line came as the payoff to a what looked like a lame running gag.

Reading some of the reviews here I find it hard to understand how anyone can be disappointed in this movie. It lays its stall out in the first two minutes. Girl is attacked by a tomato - then some of the funniest opening credits ever. It is so preposterous it defies criticism. This is the purest form of High Concept movie making. "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes"... unless you didn't actually KNOW what a tomato was how could anyone think this is anything other than what it is - a dumb, stupid, funny movie? and I defy anyone who watches this film not to have the theme song running around their head for days afterwards.

Think of this movie as being made by Matt Stone & Trey Parker (the guys behind South Park etc.) and you get the idea - though in my opinion "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes" is a lot funnier than "Cannibal, the Musical" or "Orgazmo".

Definitely a movie to watch with your brain, and any critical faculties you may think you have, switched very, very off.

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