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Mars Attacks! (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 13 December 1996 (USA)
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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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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Also Known As:

¡Marcianos al ataque!  »

Box Office

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$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

Tim Burton's writers on Ed Wood (1994) -- Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski -- did an uncredited rewrite on the script. See more »

Goofs

The bus driver Louise Williams sees her kids Cedric & Neville in a games arcade and says to her passengers: "Excuse me, folks but we've got to make an unscheduled stop!" It takes about four seconds between braking and stopping. At 30 mph that would have taken about 120 feet yet she manages to stop the bus at the arcade about 10 feet after she first saw the kids. See more »

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Art Land: [Repeatedly] Wow!
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Special effects: No living animals were barbecued during the production of this film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mr. Sunset: Benshi: Mars Attacks! Behind the Scenes (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Stayin' Alive
Written by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb
Performed by The Bee Gees
Courtesy of PolyGram International Music, B.V.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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It's satire, not spoof!!!
10 October 2005 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

I enjoy reading 'hated-it' reviews of movies I like. Here most of negative reviews complain about it being a no-fun spoof, some compare it with Airplane, mentioned as a good example of successful parody. and yes its restless gags, and countless cinephile quotes make it a very funny movie.

Mars Attacks is not Airplane: regardless what Tim Burton said about, Mars Attacks irony is not as much about '50ies movies: it is about STUPIDS, and, definitively, about how ALL mankind, with no exceptions, is stupid (especially US mankind in Burton intentions, I suppose).

Each character in the movie represent a cliché, and let them be intellectual, pacifist or their opposite, tycoons, Machiavellian, ambitious: all of them are greedy and blunt idiots beyond redemption, and without redemption they get killed by the martians who find it incredibly easy and funny (even though, the martian themselves are not much better than us, the movie suggests).

Some comments say the characters are unrealistically dumb... well they are dumb, but I still haven's seen in a movie or in a book such a high level of dumbness as to be unrealistic.

So, you will find this movie simply delicious if you accept being laughed at together with everyone and everything that surrounds you. On the contrary, if you think your supposed intelligence is too sacred to laugh at it, you've best watch another movie.


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