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Mars Attacks! (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 13 December 1996 (USA)
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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Nice planet. We'll take it! See more »

Genres:

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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13 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

¡Marcianos al ataque!  »

Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$37,754,208 (USA) (14 March 1997)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Tim Burton visited Tom Jones backstage after one of his Las Vegas shows, to ask him to appear in his film. Additionally, Jones' actual backup singers at the time -- Darelle Porter Holden, Christi Black, and Sharon Hendrix -- played Jones' doomed backup singers in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When General Decker is preparing his pistols in the war room, he pulls back the slide, then pushes the slide release to release it forward - this is only necessary to do if the weapon is not loaded; on a loaded gun, racking the slide chambers a round and lets the action move into the forward position, ready to fire. See more »

Quotes

Rude Gambler: [after running into a martian] Holy shit!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

References The Mysterians (1957) See more »

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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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