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Film: Matinee

"Once you let that atomic genie out of its bottle, there's no turning back, gentlemen!"
Scientist, MANT!

"Grownups don't know what they're doing either, kid. That's the real hustle."
Lawrence Woolsey

Matinee is a 1993 Dramedy film directed by Joe Dante. Set in Key West, Florida during the Cuban Missile Crisis Gene and his little brother Dennis live on the military base with their mother while their father is deployed in the Navy. Amidst the growing paranoia of the impending nuclear destruction, movie producer Lawrence Woosley comes to town to premiere his latest creature feature "MANT!" and uses his unique brand of showmanship to play off of people's fears.

The film received critical acclaim when it was first released but has fallen to the sands of time and currently lives on as a Cult Classic.

The movie provides examples of:

Man's Best FriendFilms of the 1990sMenace II Society
Plan 9 from Outer SpaceThe FiftiesPleasantville
JFKThe SixtiesOne Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

alternative title(s): Matinee
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