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Matinee (1993)



John Goodman is at his uproarious best as the gregarious creator of sci-fi thrillers, circa 1962, who brings his unique brand of showmanship to the unsuspecting residents of Key West, Florida. Fifteen-year-old horror fan Gene Loomis (Simon Fenton) can't wait for the arrival of filmmaker Lawrence Woolsey (Goodman), who is in town to premiere his latest offering of atomic power gone berserk, "Mant." But the absurd vision of Woolsey's tale takes on a sudden urgency as the Cuban missle crisis places the real threat of atomic horror just 90 miles off the coast. With the help of Gene and his high school friends, along with Woolsey's leading lade, Ruth (Cathy Moriarty), the master showman gives Key West a premiere they'll never forget. The screen explodes in "Atomo-Vision," the theater rocks in spine-tingling "Rumble-Rama," and a local hood threatens to run off with Wolsey's profits. It all seems fitting in this entertaining tale of backyard bomb shelters, missile attack drills and an innocense clouded by the threat of nuclear destruction.

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John Goodman

Lawrence Woolsey

Cathy Moriarty

Ruth Corday / Carole

Simon Fenton

Gene Loomis

Omri Katz


Lisa Jakub


Kellie Martin


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


David Clennon


Lucy Butler


Georgie Cranford


Nick Bronson


Cory Barlog

Stan's Friend

George Carson

Stan's Friend

Allison McKay


Joe Gonzalez

Stan's Friend

Belinda Balaski

Stan's Mom

Charles S. Haas

Mr. Elroy (as Charles Haas)

Mark McCracken

Mant / Bill

Archie Hahn

Shopping Cart Star

Naomi Watts

Shopping Cart Starlet

Chris Stacy

Gas Station Attendant

Glenda Chism


Aaron Stormer

Kid Near Andy

Lana Bucciarelli

'Eew!' Girl

Richard Rossomme

Shredded Wheat Man

D. Christian Gottshall

Store Clerk

Bernard Blanding


Dennis Neal


Luke Halpin

Man in Crowd

Eulan Middlebrooks

Young Man in Crowd

Elizabeth Dimon

Theater Cashier

Shane Obedzinski

Bleeding Kid

Summer-Healy Chapin

Balcony Full Kid

James Scott Hess

Kid in Floor Seat

Shawn Edward Watkins

Kid Next to Mr. Elroy

Danny Hanemann

Man Outside Theater

Jesse Zeigler

Kid in Line

Andy Isaacs

Faint Kid

Joe Candelora


Steve Zurk


Mary Moriarty

Lady in Line

John Paul Lehman

Marine Guard

Jacob Witkin

Dr. Diablo

Tracy Roberts

Screaming Woman

Marc Macaulay

Shopping Cart Crook

Timothy Bass

Movie Theater Actor

Jeff Breslauer

Movie Theater Actor

Molly Conole

Movie Theater Actress

Peggy O'Neal

Movie Theater Actress

Colette Piceau

Movie Theater Actress

Steve DuMouchel

'Mob' Actor

Kurt Smildsin

'Mob' Actor

Michael T. Kelly

'Mob' Actor

Ike Pappas


Brett Rice

Gene's Dad (voice)

Sherman 'Big Train' Bergman

Soldier (uncredited)

Robert Cornthwaite

Dr. Flankon (uncredited)

Joey Fatone

Extra (uncredited)

John F. Kennedy

Himself (announces Cuban blockade) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Art Linkletter

Himself (on his show) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Caroline Macey

Girl at desk in classroom just before the class ducks and covers (uncredited)

Kevin McCarthy

General Ankrum (uncredited)

Sherrie Peterson

Movie Theatre Patron (uncredited)

William Schallert

Dr. Grabow, DDS (uncredited)

Adlai Stevenson

Himself (debates Zorin at the UN) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Elijah Vorrasi

Theatre Patron (uncredited)

Valerian Zorin

Himself (debates Stevenson at the UN) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Joe Dante


Jerico Stone


Charles S. Haas

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