is a 1993 period comedy film
directed by Joe Dante
. It is an ensemble
piece about the home front
in the Cuban Missile Crisis
combined with a tribute to independent filmmaker William Castle
. The film stars John Goodman
, Cathy Moriarty
, Simon Fenton
, Omri Katz
, Lisa Jakub
, and Kellie Martin
. A then unknown Naomi Watts
has a small role as a character in a film within the film. The film was written by Jerico Stone
and Charlie Haas
, the latter portraying Mr. Elroy, a schoolteacher.
Gene Loomis (Fenton) and his brother Dennis (Lee) live on a military base in Key West, Florida
; their father is away onboard one of the nearby submarines. After leaving the announcement of an exclusive engagement of Lawrence Woolsey's (Goodman) Mant!
, including Woolsey's appearance in-person, they arrive home to John F. Kennedy
's television interruption, stating the presence of Soviet
missiles in Cuba
. Woolsey finds this atmosphere of fear to be the perfect environment in which to open his film, Mant!
in Atomo-Vision and Rumble-Rama.
Woolsey brings along Herb Denning (Miller) and Bob (Sayles) to stir up the yokels by protesting
the film, but Howard, the theatre manager (Picardo), assures him that "the people of Key West are not yokels". Indeed, the progressive Jack and Rhonda (Clennon and Butler) find a strong free speech argument in allowing the film to proceed.
New to the local high school, and not getting along with the similarly-aged Andy (Nick Bronson) on the base,... Read More