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Matinee (1993)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 29 January 1993 (USA)
A small-time film promoter releases a kitschy horror film during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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Ruth Corday / Carole
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Gene Loomis
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Stan
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Sandra
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Sherry
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Dennis Loomis (as Jesse Lee)
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Anne Loomis
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Harvey Starkweather
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Howard the Theater Manager
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Mr. Spector
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Herb Denning
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Bob
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Jack
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Rhonda
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A showman introduces a small coastal town to a unique movie experience and capitalises on the Cuban Missile crisis hysteria with a kitschy horror extravaganza combining film effects, stage props and actors in rubber suits in this salute to the B-movie. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Lawrence Woolsey presents the end of civilization as we know it. Make that... Proudly Presents!

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Comedy | Drama

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Rated PG for language, and for mild violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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29 January 1993 (USA)  »

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MatinĂ©  »

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$9,532,895 (USA)
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The film-within-a-film "Mant!" is a parody of Them! (1954), in which William Schallert (Dr. Grabow) played an ambulance driver. See more »

Goofs

When Sherry asks Stan if they really have a fallout shelter, Stan replies that yes it's in their basement. As most of Florida is just above sea level, and on coral limestone, basements are seen as impractical and aren't very common, though due to the maximum elevation, there are a few. See more »

Quotes

Ruth Corday: He's not a monster, he's a shoe salesmen.
General Ankrum: [referring to her transformed husband] Would you let *that* fit you in a pump?
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Crazy Credits

After the credits are complete, we are treated to a quick snippet from "MANT" with the Cathy Moriarty character pining, "Oh, Bill". See more »

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Spoofs The Brain Eaters (1958) See more »

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Shooting Stars
from This Island Earth (1955)
Arranged and Conducted by Dick Jacobs
Courtesy of MCA Records
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You Gotta Have a Gimmick!

Certainly John Goodman portraying Lawrence Woolsey as a film director bent on all kinds of creative devices to lure audiences in to see his sci-fi/horror movies is a homage to the King of Gimmicks himself, William Castle. This movie is not great by any standards, but it sure is a lot of fun. It is a trip down memory lane for many. Although I am not old enough to remember the Cuban Missile Crisis nor William Castle movies premiering, I am given a pretty accurate feel of the times through Matinee. The best part of the movie, however, is the movie within a movie....MANT...the story of a man that is half-man and half-ant. The scenes of this film alone are good enough reason to see Matinee. The one scene where the Mant character throws an ant farm to the ground and yells "You're free, You're free" is hilarious. The movie characters are also made up of old sci-fi stars Kevin McCarthy(Invasion of the Body Snatchers), William Shallert(Hundreds of films it seems), and Robert Cornwaithe(The Thing). Also look for John Sayles and Dick Miller in smaller roles hamming it up. Goodman is larger than life in his portrayal, much the same way that Castle was. And certainly, we in the audience that are great genre fans dream what it would have been like to help William Castle...I mean Lawrence Woolsey...make a picture.


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