The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, AKA Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical.
Helena Bonham Carter,
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
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 »
In one of the Kansas scenes, the camera pans across the farm and surrounding areas. The faint skyline of the University of Kansas (in Lawrence) can be seen, though the scene apparently takes place elsewhere. See more »
Professor Donald Kessler:
[as the Martians disintegrate the Congressmen]
Mr. Ambassador, please! What are you doing? This doesn't make sense! It's not logical! It's not -
[a Martian knocks out the Professor]
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Special effects: No living animals were barbecued during the production of this film. See more »
When the USA satellites photograph many flying saucers coming to Earth, the American President James Dale has a meeting with his advisors. He is convinced by Professor Donald Kessler (Pierce Brosnan) that Martians would be a developed culture and therefore peaceful by nature, in spite of the warnings of General Decker (Rod Steiger). The authorities, some civilians and the press prepare a welcome committee for the aliens, but they realize that Mars is actually attacking Earth.
"Mars Attack!" is one of the most hilarious and entertaining movie of Tim Burton. Using a parody to the sci-fi of the 50's and like a shotgun, he criticizes the politicians and their greed to be popular; the arrogance and lack of humility of some intellectuals; the lack of sensibility of the army; the lack of ethics in the press; the shallow behavior of the first lady; and some silly cults. In the other side, he highlights the importance of friendship, loyalty and love. I particularly like very much the characters of Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan and Rod Steiger in the cast that is actually a constellation. Unfortunately Jack Black dies in the very beginning, because his character was also very funny. This movie is one of my favorite cult-movies, and a great homage to Ed Wood ("Plan 9 from Outer Space"). My vote is nine.
Title (Brazil): "Marte Ataca!" ("Mars Attacks!")
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