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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The seat gimmicks used in the film were a real trick actually used by William Castle for screenings of The Tingler (1959). 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

Howard, the Theater Manager: [believing that the Soviets are attacking his theater] This is it!
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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 We'll Bury You! (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Loco-Motion
Written by Gerry Goffin & Carole King
Performed by Little Eva
Courtesy of Rhino Records
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A pleasant stroll down Memory Lane
1 September 2002 | by Tommy-5See all my reviews

`Half Man, Half Ant, All Terror!,' screams the promotional for fictional film producer Lawrence Woolsey's newest film, Mant. Mant is the film within the 1993 film titled Matinee. Matinee, starring John Goodman as the William Castle-like Woolsey, is director Joe Dante's valentine to all of us who grew up in the middle of the cold war. That he has managed to combine a salute to the science fiction films of the 1950's and early 60's with a warning about nuclear power and human imperfection is quite impressive. The plotline is straightforward. Woolsey and his delightful lover, leading lady and all around Girl Friday Ruth, ably played by Cathy Moriarty, (who shows she could have been a great 50's sci-fi heroine), roll into Key West, Florida for a sneak preview of his latest film, Mant. The weekend of the big event, autumn of 1962, also happens to be the time of the Cuban missile crisis. Here the story gets a little stretched as we try to keep up with all that is going on. Panicky theatre managers, adolescent love and jealousy, and several amusing scenes from Mant are among the many points of interest against the sobering backdrop of the missile crisis, only 90 miles away in Cuba. This film is a bit hard to describe, the best thing to do is rent it and enjoy it for yourself. Much of it takes place in the theatre on Saturday afternoon and is a true trip down memory lane for old guys like me who lived during this era and remember very well what indoor theatres were like in 1962. Mant is a special treat for all of us who love the sci-fi films of that era. It has several un-credited science fiction legends in it (Kevin McCarthy, William Schallert and Robert Cornthwaite appeared with the sultry Moriarty) and numerous insider jokes. McCarthy was `General Ankrum.' Oh Brother! Is there a sci-fi fan anywhere who is not aware that the late Morris Ankrum made a career of portraying military generals in these types of films? This is only one example of a ton of fun in this film. There were other appearances by old time favorites, such as Jesse White and Roger Corman regular Dick Miller. It is obvious that everyone had a good time making Matinee and just about all of the performances are way over the top, especially Goodman's. He held his oversized stogie just like Castle used to. I've heard that there are more Mant scenes in the DVD version of Matinee but I have been unable to locate what has turned out to be a harder to obtain film that I imagined it would or should be. Matinee is a warm-hearted gem. By all means make the effort to see this one if you can obtain a copy. I promise, you will not be disappointed.

The Strand Theatre, where the `action' takes place, has a big Milk Duds ad over the snack bar. Hmm . . . sounds like an idea to me!


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1993 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,601,015, 31 January 1993

Gross USA:

$9,532,895

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,532,895
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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