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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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Did You Know?


Although supposedly taking place in the 1990s, the US Army uniforms, tanks, jeeps, artillery, etc, all date from the 1950s, when the movies being spoofed were made. See more »


When the general says that they have to attack with nuclear weapons, and shouts; "It already is war!" and the president responds; "Shut up, shut up, SHUT UP!" you can see the general's clipboard change place from under the general's arm and to the desk and back again. See more »


Art Land: I'm not a crook, I'm ambitious. There's a difference.
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Crazy Credits

A flying saucer buzzes around the opening Warner Brothers logo. See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


I'm Casting My Lasso Towards The Sky
Written by Jimmy Wakely and Lee 'Lasses' White
Performed by Slim Whitman
Courtesy of RCA Records Label of BMG Entertainment
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We Come in Peace!
28 August 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

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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