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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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Storyline

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)  »

Also Known As:

Matiné  »

Box Office

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$9,532,895 (USA)
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Trivia

The character of Lawrence Woolsey is based directly upon the real Hollywood showman William Castle. The character is introduced in a recreation of Castle's famous trademark of a silhouette of him in a director's chair with his head turned in profile with his cigar. His name is a reference to Lawrence Woolner, one of the Woolner Brothers whose company, Woolner Brothers Pictures, distributed sci-fi classics like 'Attack of the 50 Foot Woman' (1958). See more »

Goofs

The aircraft shown flying along the beach are A-4 Skyhawks, which flew with the US Navy and Marine Corps from 1956 until 2003. Marine Attack Squadron 242 (VMA-242)based at Cherry Point, NC deployed to NAS Key West, Fla during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962, therefore the aircraft shown are the actual models flown during the time depicted in the movie. See more »

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General Ankrum: [referring to the giant creature climbing the building] What in creation do you call that thing?
Ruth Corday: Bill...
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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 The Tingler (1959) See more »

Soundtracks

Main Title
from This Island Earth (1955)
Arranged and Conducted by Dick Jacobs
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Funny, Purely Cinematic and Fantastic.
20 November 2001 | by (Dudley, England) – See all my reviews

This has to be the most under-rated, under-valued and criminally under-seen film of all time. Funny, touching, nostalgic in a good way, a wonderful tribute to the very joy of film itself and, the clincher, a cast of kids that never get on your nerves. And even in any of the Coen Brother's films he has been in, John Goodman has never bettered his performance from this movie. If you love the movies, you'll love this film. See it; then see it again and again. It really is the undiscovered artistic masterpiece of the 20th Century.


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