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Mars Attacks! (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Sci-Fi  |  13 December 1996 (USA)
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Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor.



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It is a normal day for everyone, until the President of the United States announces Martians have been spotted circling Earth. The Martians land and a meeting is arranged, but not everything goes to plan, and the Martians seem to have other plans for Earth. Are they just misunderstood beings or do they really want to destroy all of humanity? Written by Film_Fan

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi fantasy violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

13 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

¡Marcianos al ataque!  »

Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,384,272 (USA) (13 December 1996)


ITL 2,580,967,000 (Italy) (18 April 1997)

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Susan Sarandon was originally cast as Barbara Land. See more »


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Jason Stone: [Reporting in Pahrump where the Martians are landing] The teeming masses have gathered from who knows how many states. Waiting and watching. Why have they come? Curiosity? Or is it something more? Or is it simply to say "I was there. I was there when first man met Martian." Jason Stone, GNN. Pahrump.
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Stayin' Alive
Written by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb
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Hide the Van Buren china!!!
14 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'll make this quick. Jim "Give Me The Ball" Brown speed-bagging bubble-headed martians as he journeys home to Pam "Foxy Brown" Grier. Tom Jones finger-snapping and rocking out to "It's Not Unusual" with a bald eagle on his arm. Las Vegas getting a demolition only Steve Wynn could dream of. And just about the most serous A-list cast not taking themselves seriously and having a ball. Your family and friends will have you committed for loving this but who cares! Just crank up the Slim Whitman and watch their heads explode. It's "Independence Day" meets "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" with Tim Burton again at the helm. The best picture of 1996!

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