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

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$70,000,000 (estimated)

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

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ITL 2,580,967,000 (Italy) (18 April 1997)
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When Martin Short is courting the Martian Girl (Lisa Marie), he brings her into a secret room used by John F. Kennedy with a fish tank. The fish tank contains almost the entire cast of Finding Nemo (2003) including Nemo himself, Gill, Dory and Bubbles (no sharks, shrimps, whales and pelicans though.) The coincidence occurred probably because these species of fish are the most popular and colorful types of salt-water aquarium fishes. See more »

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At the Casino, Art Land puts the cigarette in his mouth and gets some poker chips for his wife. In the next shot he is talking to her and the cigarette is gone. See more »

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Nathalie Lake: Jason, hi. It's me.
Jason Stone: Are you wearing a bra?
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Special effects: No living animals were barbecued during the production of this film. See more »

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References The War of the Worlds (1953) See more »

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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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If you have a warped sense of humour, you'll enjoy this
21 January 2006 | by (Bath, England) – See all my reviews

Tim Burton's film, 'Mars Attacks!' combines elements of dark humour with an alien invasion to create a hilarious film. There's no doubt about it that audiences will be torn between those who enjoyed the film (the comedy) and those who hated it. This film is a parody of other Earth-invasion films, such as 'Independence Day' and 'War of the Worlds', which have been a common theme in story-telling for decades and particularly in the 1950s. In this film, the aliens are content on destroying Earth and humiliating the humans for the sake of it. It's not a serious film at all, and you'll either love it or hate it, depending on how warped your sense of humour is. I thought it was fun, even though it is not the best film of all time.


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