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Matinee (1993)

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A small-time film promoter releases a kitschy horror film during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Director:

Joe Dante

Writers:

Jerico (story), Charles S. Haas (story) (as Charlie Haas) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Goodman ... Lawrence Woolsey
Cathy Moriarty ... Ruth Corday / Carole
Simon Fenton ... Gene Loomis
Omri Katz ... Stan
Lisa Jakub ... Sandra
Kellie Martin ... Sherry
Jesse Lee Soffer ... Dennis Loomis (as Jesse Lee)
Lucinda Jenney ... Anne Loomis
James Villemaire ... Harvey Starkweather
Robert Picardo ... Howard the Theater Manager
Jesse White ... Mr. Spector
Dick Miller ... Herb Denning
John Sayles ... Bob
David Clennon ... Jack
Lucy Butler ... Rhonda
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Matiné See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,532,895
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR | Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The exterior of the movie theater was an actual theater, while the interior was a set created on the back lot at Universal Studios Florida. 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

Dr. Flankon: [to Carole] Young lady, human/insect mutation is far from an exact science...
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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 »

Connections

Spoofs Beginning of the End (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

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from It Came from Outer Space (1953)
Arranged and Conducted by Dick Jacobs
Courtesy of MCA Records
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A Very Good Parody and Dedication of Great B Movie Memories
22 July 2003 | by sawyertomSee all my reviews

I had just recently watched Matinee for the first time in a few years. I forgot how much fun and how very funny a film it was. Having grown up watching some of William Castle's and Roger Corman's hokey but very entertaining early horror films it was like a stroll down memory lane on my Saturday's. Goodman captured the essence of a movie showman who always had or wanted to have a gimmick to go with his B movie pictures. Cathy Moriarty is excellent as his favorite leading lady. I must be showing my age because I still remember the duck and cover and other little things associated with everyday life and times during the late 1950's and early 1960's that were in the movie. The movie was entertaining and a very nice parody, if not dedication to the men who made B movies as part of our culture. I have to believe this dedication to men like Corman and Castle would have to be a bit of a tongue in cheek parody for it to be a very sincere dedication. The movie does an excellent job of bring back the life and times and the performances as pretty good. Aaaahhhh the memories. The cold war and much simpler times and classic B movies. It don't get any better than this.


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