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Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! -- A group of scientists band together to save the world from mutated tomatoes that KILL!


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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 tomatoes that KILL! Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Attack of the Killer Tomatoes .... a tomato ate my sister.... they're marching into San Jose.... See more (81 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

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)

Rick Rockwell  written by

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)
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)
Costa Dillon .... location scout (as Constantine J. 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)
Aspect Ratio:
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The giant tomatoes were made out of foam.See more »
Ted Swan:Can I do it?
[manically laughs, then sings]
Ted Swan:Some sell, some buy, and only we know why! The wrapper's more important than the price! Important decisions are made each day, much too important for the plain folk to make. They're always in a bind, so we're here to help them make up their mind!
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Referenced in Blood Massacre (1991)See more »


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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Attack of the Killer Tomatoes .... a tomato ate my sister.... they're marching into San Jose...., 5 August 2005
Author: CelluloidRehab ( from Hell's Kitchen, NYC

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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