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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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Linda Magnusson
Hunter Carson ...
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George Gardner
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Ellen Gardner
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Gen. Climet Wilson
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Mark Weinstein
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Mrs. McKeltch
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Captain Curtis
Donald Hotton ...
Old NASA Scientist
Kenneth Kimmins ...
Officer Kenney
Charlie Dell ...
Mr. Cross
Jimmy Hunt ...
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NASA Scientist
Virginya Keehne ...
Heather (as Virginia Keehne)
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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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6 June 1986 (USA)  »

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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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For the sequence where one of the Martian drones eats Mrs. McKeltch, a special "eating rig" consisting of just the drone's head (with chewing jaw movements) was built for the closeup shots. The rig was built on a "seesaw" device so the drone could throw its head back to swallow. A short burst from a hidden fire extinguisher provided the drone's post-meal belch. 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 »

Quotes

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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A sci-fi Wizard of Oz from a kids perspective
13 August 2002 | by (Brooklyn, New York) – See all my reviews

This is not a movie to be viewed from a serious perspective. But even sci-fi aficionados seem to have been losing their sense of fun over the years, which may be why this remake has been panned so badly. The whole movie is viewed from a young boy's dark imagination, right down to the ridiculous Mr. Potato head aliens. Even the camera angles are taken from child's height. And within the bizarre dream world of adolescent fears and disempowerment springs forth a really fun movie. Within this context, the remake of Invaders from mars remains true to the 1950's genre with some tongue in cheek. Relax, grab some popcorn, and warp back to the 50's, when your imagination didn't have to be fed with a spoon.


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