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Mission to Mars (2000)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi  |  10 March 2000 (USA)
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When the first manned mission to Mars meets with a catastrophic and mysterious disaster after reporting a unidentified structure, a rescue mission is launched to investigate the tragedy and bring back any survivors.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Graham
Nicholas Willis
Reneé Coté
Debra Graham
Maggie McConnell
Freda Perry ...
Bobby Graham


In 2020, a crew of astronauts has been prepared for a two-year international mission in Mars. Jim McConnell, Woody Blake and his wife Terri Fisher, Luke Graham and Phil Ohlmyer are best friends and Jim lost his chance to land in Mars when his beloved wife Maggie McConnell died. The team of four astronauts land in Mars but a mysterious storm kills three of them and only Luke survives. A rescue team with Woody in command and Jim, Terri and Phil heads to the red planet and discovers that only Luke has survived. Their further investigation shows that the storm that killed the three other astronauts was artificial and created to protect a Face that lies on Mar. What might be the intriguing Face? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


For centuries, we've searched for the origin of life on Earth...We've been looking on the wrong planet. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sci-fi violence and mild language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 March 2000 (USA)  »

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M2M  »

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$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,855,247 (USA) (10 March 2000)


$60,874,615 (USA) (14 July 2000)

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Did You Know?


Monica Potter was originally cast as Terri Fisher. See more »


(at around 1h 28 mins) When Jim checks pressure levels inside the face his readout says 6 psi, but immediately after they discuss pressure as being at 12 psi. See more »


Terri Fisher: When we get back, we have GOT to try this in the simulator...
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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's cooperation and assistance does not reflect an endorsement of the contents of the film or the treatment of the characters depicted therein. See more »


References The Martian Chronicles (1980) See more »


Ma 'Tit Fille
Written by Buckwheat Zydeco (as Stanley Dural, Jr.)
Performed by Buckwheat Zydeco
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
By Arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets
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My Review
7 March 2000 | by (Mars) – See all my reviews

My Mission to Mars was a pleasant adventure. Departing from today's incessant need to combine blood curling aliens with one's travels through space, Mission to Mars provides an intelligent ultimatum. The film lies somewhere in between 2001, The Abyss and Lost in Space, forcing us to examine our roles as humans throughout the ages in this unexplored territory. Sprinkle a touch of action, and a pinch of suspense, and you have yourself a sci-fi film for the new millennium.

The film stars such veteran actors as Tim Robbins, Gary Sinise, Don Cheadle, and Jerry O'Connell; an ensemble where only first-class acting is possible. So let us move onto the direction. It is Brian DePalma's foray into science fiction. And masterfully done to say the least. His shot composition is reminiscent of Scarface and The Untouchables, mixing filmmaking from the days of yore with today's MTV aesthetic. DePalma's talent for filming suspenseful action sequences is in full swing in this film. The spacewalk scene will be one that will not be forgotten for quite some time. Could possibly be one of the best spacewalk scenes in films to date. The hidden jewel for me was the unpredictability of the film. Each corner turned was a pleasant surprise. I can't remember that last time I saw a movie with this quality, especially coming out of the Hollywood mainstream.

The cinematography was astounding. Imagine Lawrence of Arabia lensed on Mars. Professor Jenkins from Scientific America was correct when he said that the images from the film were identical to those photographed from the actual planet. And that is not a small feat.

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