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Matinee (1993)

PG | | Comedy, Drama | 29 January 1993 (USA)
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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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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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Rated PG for language, and for mild violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Matiné  »

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$9,532,895 (USA)
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Mr. Spector is based on Samuel Z. Arkoff, the real life head of American-International Pictures. See more »

Goofs

During the phone call between Sherry and Stan, we can hear 'The End of the World' by Skeeter Davis playing in the background. The record was not released until December 1962, two months after the end of the Cuban Missile Crisis. See more »

Quotes

Store Clerk: [breaking up fight between Mr. Elroy and another customer over a box of Shredded Wheat] Gentlemen, please!
Shredded Wheat Man: [grabbing the box] That's my Shredded Wheat!
Mr. Elroy: Is there any more in back?
Store Clerk: There's no more Shredded Wheat in back. There's no more Shredded Wheat in the entire Keys, and one of you will have to go to the Atomic Destruction with no damn Shredded Wheat!
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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 A Summer Place (1959) See more »

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Written by Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein (as Gerald Goldstein) & Richard Gottehrer
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An under-rated gem
20 February 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

One of those films that deserved to reach a huge audience but somehow slipped away, Joe Dante's affectionate homage to creature features and B-movie king William Castle is a joy from start to finish. This is due to both Dante's direction - and obvious love of the script - and John Goodman's delightful performance (what was he doing in crap like "Coyote Ugly?"). Even the movie-within-a-movie - "Mant!" ("half man, half ant - all terror!") is fun. The only downside is that this rarely turns up on TV and hasn't been released on DVD in the UK. A scratchy vhs is better than nothing I suppose...


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