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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.

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

James Villemaire plays a hood named Harvey Starkweather. He is named after Charles Starkweather, a serial killer who murdered eleven people between December 1957 and January 1958. See more »

Goofs

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

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 »

Connections

References Tales of Terror (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Shooting Stars
from This Island Earth (1955)
Arranged and Conducted by Dick Jacobs
Courtesy of MCA Records
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Ah, the Cuban Missile Crisis...
3 August 2005 | by Lee EisenbergSee 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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