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Special Report: Journey to Mars (1996)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi  |  25 March 1996 (USA)
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When the world's first spaceship is close to its goal (Mars), the TV-network GNN begins its live coverage of the last two hours of the mission and then the problems start. The ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
White House Correspondent
Capt. Eugene T. Slader
Nick Van Pelt
Dr. Lin Yo Yu
Michael Chinyamurindi
Dr. Scott Berlin
Dean Rumplemeyer
Anne O'Sullivan
Ryan West
(as Daryl Roach)


When the world's first spaceship is close to its goal (Mars), the TV-network GNN begins its live coverage of the last two hours of the mission and then the problems start. The landing-computer malfunctions, the captain Eugene Slader gets very sick and back on Earth it is discovered that big financial corporations have an interest in the failure of the mission - and we, the viewers, can see it all live on television. Written by <>

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Crew in orbit around Mars have conversations with ground control and Earth media in real-time, in reality there would be an 20 minute communications delay due to the distance. See more »


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well-conceived approach to an old idea
11 January 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film attempts a novel approach to a well-used theme. It is yet another mission to Mars film, but this time it is filmed as though it is live TV coverage of the final stages of the mission- with background interviews etc to fill the gaps.

Apart from the irritating manner of the on-board journalist, this film is well enough presented; it certainly deserved better publicity that it received. But the ending, whilst interesting, leaves the viewer with too many questions. In some ways it is good to leave something undecided- it leaves more for the imagination. Unfortunately it can also leave a sense of dissatisfaction, as it did for me. Still, it made for a memorable film.

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