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Mars Attacks! (1996)

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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Nice planet. We'll take it! See more »

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Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi

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

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13 December 1996 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$37,754,208 (USA) (14 March 1997)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The producers wanted to use the heat ray sound effect from Paramount Pictures' The War of the Worlds (1953) as the sound of the Martians' ray guns, but Paramount refused permission to do so. See more »

Goofs

The "Martian Girl" is standing in front of the Washington Monument when the White House Press Secretary rolls up in his limousine and offers to show her around the White House, which we see just across the street. Actually, the Washington Monument and White House are about 1/2 mile apart. See more »

Quotes

Martian Translator Device: We come in peace! We come in peace!
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Crazy Credits

Special effects: No living animals were barbecued during the production of this film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill (1999) See more »

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The Star-Spangled Banner
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Written by Francis Scott Key and John Stafford Smith
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Outstanding Entertainment; Burton's Most Underrated Film
29 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a wild movie! I've begun to appreciate this more and more with multiple viewings. I think it's Tim Burton's most underrated film. Unlike many of his previous films, this seems pretty impartial when it comes to the satire: everyone gets it here, not just the usual Christians. Here, New Ange devotees and Liberal advisers and generals are also made to look stupid. This is probably one reason the national critics - who are overwhelming Left Wing - didn't like this movie. They weren't used to the same abuse some of us put up with all the time.

Politics aside, this is one funny movie. It's a combination of science fiction, drama and comedy. It's a parody of the 1950s flying saucer films except it has 1990s color and good special-effects. Burton was a fan of those corny '50s sci-fi films so he made his own!

The story quickly moves from one character to another, from the low-key President of the U.S. played by an unusually-reserved Jack Nicholson to the wacky New Ager Annette Benning to Martin Short with his goofy smile....well, there are so many characters here - most of them completely whacked - it's too many to mention. The diversity of these people and the subtle humor in which they are all presented is just as much fun to watch as the special-effects. The Martians are a real hoot. They have to be seen to be believed.

I didn't like all the characters but, most people won't either. For me, showing elderly people as senile (Sylvia Sidney's role) is mean-spirited; Rod Steiger has the stereotypical war-mongering General is getting tiresome and the obvious politically-correct role for Jim Brown also went overboard.

All in all, however, this is about as entertaining a film as I have ever found, nd one that gets more enjoyable with each viewing.....which is why I rate it so high.


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