Matinee

Matinee

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Director: Joe Dante

Cast: Joe Dante, John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty, Simon Fenton

     
 

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John Goodman's full-throttle performance as a William Castle-inspired schlockmeister propels Joe Dante's delightful and charming comedy Matinee. The film takes place during the November 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, a time when America's innocence began to crumble. Goodman plays film producer Lawrence Woolsey, who is in Key West to premiere his latest horror epic,See more details below

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John Goodman's full-throttle performance as a William Castle-inspired schlockmeister propels Joe Dante's delightful and charming comedy Matinee. The film takes place during the November 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, a time when America's innocence began to crumble. Goodman plays film producer Lawrence Woolsey, who is in Key West to premiere his latest horror epic, "Mant," the story of a man who turns into a giant insect ("Half Man! ... Half Ant! ... All Terror!"). He's busy rigging the local movie theater with all manner of gimmicks, such as Atomo-Vision and Rumble-Rama, and stationing a buxom nurse -- played by Woolsey's girlfriend and leading lady Ruth (Cathy Moriarty) -- in the lobby to assist potential heart attack victims. Amidst all the hubbub, a quartet of local teenagers gear up for the big premiere: Gene (Simon Fenton), a Navy brat whose father is on alert for the duration of the crisis; Stan (Omri Katz), Gene's friend who has a furious crush on Sherry (Kellie Martin); and Sandra (Lisa Jakub), the daughter of two beatnik free-thinkers. As the premiere of "Mant" gets closer and Soviet-U.S. tensions increase, the four teenagers' problems and desires also mount to the boiling point.John Goodman's full-throttle performance as a William Castle-inspired schlockmeister propels Joe Dante's delightful and charming comedy Matinee. The film takes place during the fall 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, a time when America's innocence began to crumble. Goodman plays film producer Lawrence Woolsey, who is in Key West to premiere his latest horror epic, "Mant," the story of a man who turns into a giant insect ("Half Man! ... Half Ant! ... All Terror!"). He's busy rigging the local movie theater with all manner of gimmicks, such as Atomo-Vision and Rumble-Rama, and stationing a buxom nurse -- played by Woolsey's girlfriend and leading lady Ruth (Cathy Moriarty) -- in the lobby to assist potential heart attack victims. Amidst all the hubbub, a quartet of local teenagers gear up for the big premiere: Gene (Simon Fenton), a Navy brat whose father is on alert for the duration of the crisis; Stan (Omri Katz), Gene's friend who has a furious crush on Sherry (Kellie Martin); and Sandra (Lisa Jakub), the daughter of two beatnik free-thinkers. As the premiere of "Mant" gets closer and Soviet-U.S. tensions increase, the four teenagers' problems and desires also mount to the boiling point.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Joe Dante is a guy who loves his exploitation films, as anyone who has read his early writings for Famous Monsters of Filmland or Film Bulletin knows, and his 1992 feature Matinee is a delightful and heartfelt valentine to the gimmicky low-budget schlock of his youth. John Goodman, a fine comic actor who is rarely used well onscreen, is (for a change) perfectly cast as big and blustery Lawrence Woolsey, a low-rent showman who is sincere and honest about only one thing -- giving the audience what they came for. While Woolsey is obviously meant to stand in for the great gimmickmeister William Castle, at the same time he seems the embodiment of every low-budget would-be mogul who struggled to get his movies seen by popcorn-eating crowds across the nation, and Goodman's engaging performance makes even his crassest hucksterism endearing. (He also has a fine foil in Cathy Moriarty, the least convincing fake nurse in film history.) Simon Fenton is also funny and engaging as Gene Loomis, the youthful monster movie fan who gets to know the great Lawrence Woolsey as he arrives in Florida to open his latest picture, Mant! (which, starring Robert Cornthwaite, Kevin McCarthy, and William Schallert, would probably be a pretty good movie), as the Cuban Missile Crisis threatens to end the world as everyone knows it. And while Dante does pass along a semi-serious message about the importance of fun scares in a terrifying world, he seems to be having a great time invoking the "are the Fifties really over yet?" vibe of 1962, as kids listen to Lenny Bruce records on the sly, juvenile delinquents ape the method-acting angst of James Dean and Marlon Brando, and the local beatnik couple would never dare be seen in public without their copy of Jack Kerouac's Dr. Sax. Matinee manages the neat trick of being genuinely nostalgic without being sappy about it, and understanding the adolescent mind without seeming immature; it's funny, charming, and a must for anyone who loves '50s and '60s scare flicks.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/1998
UPC:
0014381428827
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG
Source:
Image Entertainment
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:39:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Goodman Lawrence Woolsey
Cathy Moriarty Ruth Corday/Carol
Simon Fenton Gene Loomis
Omri Katz Stan
Lisa Jakub Sandra
Kellie Martin Sherry
Jesse Lee Dennis Loomis
Lucinda Jenney Anne Loomis
James Villemaire Harvey Starkweather
Robert Picardo Howard, the Theater Manager
Jesse White Mr. Spector
John Sayles Bob
David Clennon Jack
Lucy Butler Rhonda
Mark McCracken Bill/Mant
William Schallert Doctor
Robert Cornthwaite Scientist
Kevin McCarthy General
Charles Haas Mr.Elroy
Gretchen Rennell Actor
Simone Reynolds Actor
George Carson Stan's Friend
Dick Miller Herb
Belinda Balaski Stan's Mom
Archie Hahn "Shopping Cart" Star
Naomi Watts "Shopping Cart" Starlet
Chris Stacy Gas Station Attendant
Allison McKay Teacher
Glenda Chism Teacher
Luke Halpin Man in Crowd
Elizabeth Dimon Theater Cashier
Shane Obedzinski Bleeding Kid
Danny Haneman Man Outside Theater
Steve Zurk Cop
Jeff Breslauer Movie Theater Actor
Kurt Smildsin Mob Actor
Ike Pappas Newscaster
Brett Rice Genes Dad
Jesse Zeigler Kid in Line
Tracy Roberts Screaming Woman
Marc Macaulay "Shopping Cart" Crook
Georgie Cranford Dwight

Technical Credits
Joe Dante Director
Stephen Alesch Set Decoration/Design
Donald P.H. Eaton Asst. Director
Michael Finnell Producer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Charles Haas Original Story,Screenwriter
Warren Hamilton Sound Editor
Marshall Harvey Editor
John Hora Cinematographer
Jerico Original Story
Pat Kehoe Co-producer,Production Designer
Steven G. Legler Production Designer
Isis Mussenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Nanci B. Roberts Art Director
Jeff Smolek Stunts
Fred C. Weiler Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
   Special Features
      Director
      Actors
         John Goodman
         Cathy Moriarty
         Kellie Martin
         Robert Picardo
         Jessie White
         John Sayles
   Feature Start

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