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      Matinee

      1993, Comedy, 1h 39m

      42 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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      Smart, funny, and disarmingly sweet, Matinee is a film that film buffs will love -- and might even convert some non-believers. Read critic reviews

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      Movie Info

      In October 1962, the Cuban Missile Crisis occurs and the menace of nuclear war looms over the American South. Low-budget filmmaker Lawrence Woolsey (John Goodman) is in Key West, Fla., debuting his new film "Mant!" and thinks the prevailing mood of fear surrounding the premiere is perfect to stir up some excitement. A group of local teenagers (Simon Fenton, Lisa Jakub, Kellie Martin) prepare for the film's opening night, experiencing small crises of their own.

      • Rating: PG

      • Genre: Comedy

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Joe Dante

      • Producer: Michael Finnell

      • Writer: Charles S. Haas

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $8.9M

      • Runtime:

      • Production Co: Universal Pictures

      • Sound Mix: Surround

      Cast & Crew

      John Goodman
      Cathy Moriarty
      Simon Fenton
      Jesse Lee Soffer
      James Villemaire
      Jesse White
      Dick Miller
      William Schallert
      Robert Cornthwaite
      Kevin McCarthy
      Joe Dante
      Charles S. Haas
      John Hora
      Marshall Harvey
      Jerry Goldsmith
      Steven Legler
      Nanci Roberts
      Eric Weiler
      Isis Mussenden

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      • Jun 24, 2021

        Joe Dante crafts a very feel-good homage to the United States that was before the onslaught and ravages of Beatlemania. John Goodman is a type of William Castle, entrepreneur extraordinaire, hawking his brand of hucksterism on an unsuspecting and gullible public, living on a prayer with Cathy Moriarty as his sidekick - on the clock and the clock is ticking - as they stop in Key West to push his latest opus creature feature. As fear of the possibility of atomic holocaust is only a stone's throw away, Castro and the Cuban Missile Crisis, can anything slow the raging capitalism of Goodman's latter day P.T. Barnum? It's all in good fun, a nostalgic tribute to a brief moment of innocence here in the US, a fond remembrance by Dante.

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      • Mar 13, 2021

        A complex and hilarious nostalgia piece. I love the "Mant" sequences which are perfectly goofy.

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      • Jun 06, 2011

        a funny, innocent, and kindhearted film with a funny way to express itself from a nucular bomb that's about to hit them in a few days. A

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      • May 14, 2010

        John Goodman as William Castle? Directed by Joe Dante? FUCK yes!

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