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


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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Did You Know?


The music used to kill the Martians is that of Country Western singer Slim Whitman. Whitman's "Indian Love Call" was featured as well as "I'm Casting My Lasso". See more »


When Donald Kessler's head wakes up inside the alien space-craft, we can hear a steady heartbeat. However, when the camera pans out, and we are able to see the heart to the left of the screen, the heart is beating much faster than the speed the audio is beating. See more »


Art Land: Even in a time of intergalactic crisis, people still want to roll them bones.
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Crazy Credits

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


Spoofed in Mercano the Martian (2002) See more »


Champagne Fanfare
Written by George Cates
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User Reviews

The best movie of all time. Or maybe one of the worst.
10 December 1998 | by (Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

This is one of these movies you absolutely like or absolutely dislike. I liked it, sure. It's such a sarcastic view of America: its people, its government, its army, its television, its culture, everything and everyone falls under Tim Burton's incredible axe. Many talented stars gather for an incredible script. It is unbelievably funny, absurd and full of contradictions and nuttiness. It's like a mixture of Star Wars, Animaniacs and the Clockwork Orange. For sure, you will like it a lot and believe it is the best movie you have ever seen or you won't understand a thing and feel disappointed. If you like Jim Carrey or Brad Pitt, please go and choose another movie.

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