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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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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Matiné  »

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$9,532,895 (USA)
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Trivia

The movie theater used for the exterior shots of the Strand Theater is actually located in Historic Cocoa Village, Cocoa, Florida. It was built as the Aladdin Theatre, 1924. In the 1940's, it was a movie theatre, known as the State Theatre. It is operating as the Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. See more »

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Gene and Jesse are shown watching a television program when it is interrupted by the bulletin of President Kennedy announcing the presence of the missiles in Cuba. They also show surprise at the interruption. The actual broadcast of the President's address took place at 7pm on October 22nd, and preempted the start of any regularly scheduled programs. It had also been widely announced in media outlets earlier and throughout the day that the President was going to be making an important address at 7pm, and the networks had their news anchors on the air several minutes before the address commenced. So it is highly unlikely that the address would have interrupted the middle of a program as shown, or that anyone watching would have been surprised by the interruption. 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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References Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) See more »

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Monster Attack
from Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
Arranged and Conducted by Dick Jacobs
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Ah, the Cuban Missile Crisis...
3 August 2005 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Yes, the atomic bomb is terrible. But unintentionally funny were some of the movies about the alleged effects of atomic mutation. Hi, I want to tell you about something that could have happened. Something that does happen in a certain movie. Picture Key West, Florida: your average American town. But, if a movie about the alleged effects of atomic mutation was brought there during the Cuban Missile Crisis...the result would be hysterical indeed. For the result...would be..."Matinée".

This movie is a real treat for any fan of the sci-fi/horror flicks of the late '50s and early '60s. John Goodman plays B-movie producer Lawrence Woolsey, bringing "Mant" (Half Man...Half Ant...All Terror!) to Key West, Florida, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Naturally, the possibility of a nuclear attack heightens the mood in every way.

"Matinee" just may be the perfect movie about the adult world as seen from a youngster's point of view. And I don't just mean the great soundtrack. I think that it's safe to say that this movie has something for EVERYONE. Joe Dante has created another cool movie here. And of course it wouldn't be a Joe Dante movie without Dick Miller. He and John Sayles play representatives of Citizens for Decent Entertainment protesting "Mant" (or are they?). Kudos also to Cathy Moriarty as Ruth Corday, the actress who in the movie-within-a-movie plays the wife of the human-to-formic star; bravo also to Kevin McCarthy, playing the general in the movie-within-a-movie trying to stop the Mant. All in all, this movie shows why the word "cool" was invented.


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