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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


YIKES! They've Landed! 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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Diane Keaton was considered for the role of the first lady. See more »


When General Casey is in his jeep on his way to greet the Martians in the Nevada desert, his jeep has 4 star flags on the front. However, he is only a 3 star general. See more »


Billy Glenn Norris: Die, you alien shithead!
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Referenced in Planet of the Apes (2001) See more »


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A guilty pleasure that grows on you
30 January 2005 | by (Houston, Texas, USA) – See all my reviews

When I first saw this in the theater with my granddaughter, we both found to be pretty lame and disappointing, but not without some wit to it. Since then, it's been on the cable channels multiple times, and I always find myself watching it again. I really hate to admit it, but this thing has really grown on me - so much so that I finally bought the DVD.

When I first saw it, I wouldn't have given it more than a 4 out of 10, but after repeated viewings, I now give it a 9. I can't really say why, and I certainly can't justify it in any rational sense, but it all just works for me. The wry wit, the blatant social and political commentary, I find it all immensely satisfying.

My confession's over, I'll do my penance. But I have to also say that my granddaughter's opinion of it has never wavered. She considers this movie as evidence of my incipient senility...

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