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Red Planet (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  10 November 2000 (USA)
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Astronauts, and their robotic dog AMME, search for solutions to save a dying Earth by searching on Mars, only to have the mission go terribly awry.



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In the near future, Earth is dying. A new colony on Mars could be humanity's only hope. A team of American astronauts, each a specialist in a different field, is making the first manned expedition to the red planet and must struggle to overcome the differences in their personalities, backgrounds and ideologies for the overall good of the mission. When their equipment suffers life-threatening damage and the crew must depend on one another for survival on the hostile surface of Mars, their doubts, fears and questions about God, man's destiny and the nature of the universe become defining elements in their fates. In this alien environment they must come face to face with their most human selves. Written by Anonymous

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They Didn't Find Life On Mars. It Found Them. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence, brief nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 November 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mars  »

Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,721,296 (USA) (10 November 2000)


ESP 352,430,702 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Warner Brothers and Village Roadshow needed to get the cast in place in order to take advantage of benign weather conditions or risk delaying production for several months. See more »


(at around 43 mins) When Lt. Ted Santen and Chip Pettengill are arguing near the cliff, 3 holes are visible in the chin area of their 'air-tight' helmets. See more »


[first lines]
Commander Kate Bowman: [narration] By the year 2000 we had begun to over populate, pollute, and poison our planet faster than we could clean it up. We ignored the problem for as long as we could. But we were kidding ourselves. By 2025, we knew we were in trouble. And began to desperately search for a new home - Mars.
Commander Kate Bowman: For the last 20 years we've been sending unmanned probes with algae, bio-engineered to grow there and produce oxygen. We're going to build ourselves an atmosphere we can breathe. And for 20 ...
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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »


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A human face to sci-fi
4 February 2005 | by (long beach, u.s.a.) – See all my reviews

I don't know why everybody rips this movie. The special effects are very realistic, down to the pink-tinted Martian sky. The plot is plausible (for science fiction), paying attention to many small details that often make these kinds of movies farcical. Most important, it's very existential; humans simply trying to survive against almost insurmountable odds. As the struggle builds, the relationships begin to gel nicely. This IS a movie about human relationships, not Star Wars style hype. I know, there are some weak spots. The opening and closing dialog, Val Kilmer whispering all the way through, some of the dialog, etc. But overall, this movie doesn't try to do too much (unlike the abysmal Mission To Mars), and that's what makes it a success.

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