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Return of the Killer Tomatoes! (1988)

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Crazy old Professor Gangreen has developed a way to make tomatoes look human for a second invasion.

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John De Bello

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Stephen Andrich (as Stephen F. Andrich), John De Bello | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Starke ... Chad Finletter
George Clooney ... Matt Stevens
Karen M. Waldron ... Tara Boumdeay (as Karen Mistal)
Steve Lundquist Steve Lundquist ... Igor
John Astin ... Professor Gangreen
Charlie Jones Charlie Jones ... TV Sportscaster
J. Stephen Peace J. Stephen Peace ... Wilbur Finletter (as Rock Peace)
Michael Villani ... Bob Downs (as Mike Villani)
Frank Davis Frank Davis ... Sam Smith
Harvey Weber Harvey Weber ... Sid
John De Bello ... Charles White / Director
Ian Hutton Ian Hutton ... Greg Colburn
Gordon Howard Gordon Howard ... Pizza Customer
Rick Rockwell Rick Rockwell ... Jim Richardson / Tomato Dealer
Costa Dillon ... Prison Guard / Man in parking lot / SAG representative / Product placement customer / Reporter (as C.J. 'Clark' Dillon)
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Storyline

Mad scientist Professor Gangreen is cooking up the second coming of the Great Tomato Uprising, in which music converted tomatoes into human form to war against mankind. Pizza delivery man Chad Finletter must save the world and beautiful tomato-girl Tara. Written by <rth@ece.arizona.edu>

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PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

KT Entertainment

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Return of the Killer Tomatoes: The Sequel See more »

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Gross USA:

$5,000,000, 31 December 1988
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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Just before Wilbur starts the flashback in his pizza shop, a newspaper clipping on the wall behind him praises Wilbur. See more »

Goofs

As Chad talks to the Fuzzy Tomato, the clock says 1:52 am. The scene cuts to a close-up of the Fuzzy Tomato, and the clock says 2:10 am. When the camera moves back to Chad, the clock says 1:53 am. The very end of the scene, the clock says 2:13 am. See more »

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Matt Stevens: Product placement!
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All events, persons and vegetables portrayed are fictional. Any similarity to persons or vegetables living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »

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References Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962) See more »

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Written and Performed by Ron Walz, Neal Fox and Rick Patterson
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Made me laugh so much I had a side stitch
22 April 2004 | by DarthBillSee all my reviews

Picking up a couple of years after the original, tomatoes are now banned - which has ruined the pizza industry - and the unseen mad scientist who chalked up those giant killer tomatoes in the first film, Dr. Gangreen (John Astin) is up to his old tricks again, only this time he's using music to make tomatoes into people, and depending on the type of music being played, that determines who/what the tomato becomes. Playing sexy jazz music produces sexy blond tomato women, playing Salsa music produces Carmen Miranda, playing Church music produces the Pope, playing pop produces either a pre-white Michael Jackson look-a-like or a Don Johnson look-a-like, or if you play rock music, you get big, burly military tomato men.

As Charlton Heston's character from "Soylent Green" would say: "The killer tomatoes are PEOPLE!"

Our hero, Chad Finletter(Anthony B. Starke) falls for the attractive one time tomato Tara (Karen Mistal). Unfortunately, Tara can be changed back into a tomato whenever she hears a certain musical chord.

Full of gags (like the aforementioned multiple musical interpretations of a tomato) that include a prison dividing its cells between "Really bad guys" and "former political aids", the mime stalking Chad & Tara during their musical montage dating sequence, pot shots at how films have to feature tons of marketing in order to have a budget to get made, pot shots at bad movie marathon hosts and game shows, and let's not forget MY personal favorite, the talking teddy bear that calls out for help when Rock Peace tries to smother it. Film also features a more coherent "plot" (as it were) and served as the blue print for the animated series that later aired on Fox Kids.

Keep an eye out for it. George Clooney makes his film debut as Chad's friend and pizza co-worker Matt.


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