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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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YIKES! They've Landed! See more »

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

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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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ITL 608,192,000 (Italy) (7 March 1997)

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ITL 2,580,967,000 (Italy) (18 April 1997)
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The Martians land in Pahrump, Nevada, home of radio talk-show host Art Bell, who is well known for his penchant for featuring guests on his show who are involved, in one way or another, with the subject of outer-space life forms, ranging from scientists investigating the possibility of it to people who claim to have been kidnapped, examined, impregnated (sometimes all at the same time) by space aliens or have had other kinds of contact with creatures from outer space. See more »

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A car rips the fake pedestrian crossing in Las Vegas. See more »

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[last lines]
Richie Norris: Is that OK?
Taffy Dale: Yea. Do you got a girlfriend?
Richie Norris: No.
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Written by Otto A. Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Rudolf Friml
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Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Outstanding Entertainment; Burton's Most Underrated Film
29 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a wild movie! I've begun to appreciate this more and more with multiple viewings. I think it's Tim Burton's most underrated film. Unlike many of his previous films, this seems pretty impartial when it comes to the satire: everyone gets it here, not just the usual Christians. Here, New Ange devotees and Liberal advisers and generals are also made to look stupid. This is probably one reason the national critics - who are overwhelming Left Wing - didn't like this movie. They weren't used to the same abuse some of us put up with all the time.

Politics aside, this is one funny movie. It's a combination of science fiction, drama and comedy. It's a parody of the 1950s flying saucer films except it has 1990s color and good special-effects. Burton was a fan of those corny '50s sci-fi films so he made his own!

The story quickly moves from one character to another, from the low-key President of the U.S. played by an unusually-reserved Jack Nicholson to the wacky New Ager Annette Benning to Martin Short with his goofy smile....well, there are so many characters here - most of them completely whacked - it's too many to mention. The diversity of these people and the subtle humor in which they are all presented is just as much fun to watch as the special-effects. The Martians are a real hoot. They have to be seen to be believed.

I didn't like all the characters but, most people won't either. For me, showing elderly people as senile (Sylvia Sidney's role) is mean-spirited; Rod Steiger has the stereotypical war-mongering General is getting tiresome and the obvious politically-correct role for Jim Brown also went overboard.

All in all, however, this is about as entertaining a film as I have ever found, nd one that gets more enjoyable with each viewing.....which is why I rate it so high.


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