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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
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Jimmy Hunt, who played young David MacLean in the original Invaders from Mars (1953) and the police chief in this remake, actually has more than almost a dozen lines, not just one as reported by a reviewer. When he and Officer Keeney go up the hill in search of Mr. Gardner, Hunt's line of "Gee, I haven't been up here since I was a kid" is a playful reference to the similar area of Martian activity that he witnessed as the boy in the 1953 movie. See more »
During the firefight with the Martian Leader, two Marines who get electrocuted start convulsing before the electricity even appears. See more »
With Faye Greener, Nurse Ratched, an "SNL" cast member and the guy from "Harold and Maude", how can you go wrong?
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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