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Invaders from Mars (1986)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 6 June 1986 (USA)
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In this remake of the classic 50s SF tale, a boy tries to stop an invasion of his town by aliens who take over the the minds of his parents, his least-liked schoolteacher and other ... See full summary »

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In this remake of the classic 50s SF tale, a boy tries to stop an invasion of his town by aliens who take over the the minds of his parents, his least-liked schoolteacher and other townspeople. With the aid of the school nurse the boy enlists the aid of the U.S. Marines. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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Invasores de Marte  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$4,884,663 (USA)
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The scanning device that Bud Cort uses in the elementary school basement is the same prop used by Saavik in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) when investigating the Regula I station with Captain Kirk and Dr. McCoy. See more »

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During the firefight with the Martian Leader, two Marines who get electrocuted start convulsing before the electricity even appears. See more »

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Sgt. Maj. Rinaldi: General Wilson! We have one of their weapons here. I know it sounds crazy...
Gen. Climet Wilson: That just might work if we can figure out how to make it work in time!
David Gardner: General Wilson? Fuel! It needs fuel. Copper! Copper is what they use. I saw them onload this.
Gen. Climet Wilson: Well, maybe a penny will do it!
David Gardner: Dammit! I had a whole bagful!
Gen. Climet Wilson: Great Scott! Hasn't anybody got a penny?
MP #1: We don't carry loose change into combat, sir.
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With Faye Greener, Nurse Ratched, an "SNL" cast member and the guy from "Harold and Maude", how can you go wrong?
30 July 2006 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Tobe Hooper took an interesting approach in his "Invaders from Mars" remake, with everything told from young David Gardner's (Hunter Carson) point of view. There's an air of "Poltergeist" here, what with the portrayal of a world overrun by commercialism suddenly getting upset. As David's authoritarian teacher, Louise Fletcher seems to be channeling Nurse Ratched (I mean that positively). And Karen Black, as the only person who believes David, gets what is probably her neatest role since "The Day of the Locust".

So, this movie's nothing special, but really cool. It sort of makes sense to cast Laraine Newman in this movie, given that she played Connie Conehead on "Saturday Night Live", but who would have ever imagined Timothy Bottoms starring here, as he earlier starred in "The Last Picture Show" and "The Paper Chase"? The only other cast members whom I recognized were James Karen (the developer from "Poltergeist") and Bud Cort (yes, the guy from "Harold and Maude").

Oh, and there's a scene that gives new meaning to the expression "a frog in one's throat"!


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