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John Carter (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  9 March 2012 (USA)
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Transported to Barsoom, a Civil War vet discovers a barren planet seemingly inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Woola and a princess in desperate need of a savior.



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John Carter, a Civil War veteran, who in 1868 was trying to live a normal life, is "asked" by the Army to join, but he refuses so he is locked up. He escapes, and is pursued. Eventually they run into some Indians, and there's a gunfight. Carter seeks refuge in a cave. While there, he encounters someone who is holding some kind of medallion. When Carter touches it, he finds himself in a place where he can leap incredible heights, among other things. He later encounters beings he has never seen before. He meets a woman who helps him to discover that he is on Mars, and he learns there's some kind of unrest going on. Written by

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Lost in Our World. Found in Another.

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 March 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Princess of Mars  »

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$263,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,180,188 (USA) (9 March 2012)


$73,058,679 (USA) (22 June 2012)

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Rich Ross, Disney's chairman, successor to Dick Cook, who had originally approved the film for production, came from a television background and had no experience with feature films. The studio's new top marketing and production executives had little more. See more »


In the beginning of the film, John Carter is told that to send a telegraph he must choose a minimum of ten words. The letter is shown as only containing eight words. However, telegraphs have always had a certain number of words as a minimum cost. It cost however many cents per word, but the minimum was ten words that it would cost, not the minimum number of words that can be sent. See more »


John Carter: John Carter of Earth.
[he tosses the medallion over the balcony]
John Carter: Yep. John Carter of Mars sounds much better.
[Carter turns to go back to Dejah, but a guard stops to him to thank him]
Humble Guard: Sire, I must express the deepest of gratitude for saving Helium. Please, the honor is mine.
[suddenly the guard morphs into Matai Shang]
Matai Shang: Fair enough, Earthman. Now it's your move.
[Matai Shang touches Carter, repeats the command phrase and sends Carter back to earth]
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Kings and Queens
Written by Jared Leto
Performed by 30 Seconds to Mars
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Really enjoyed it
3 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I did only have modest expectations of this film as the trailer reminded me a bit to much of Dune. Really surprised to find a film which had a good plot line (albeit cynics will liken it to Avatar-lite), well acted, reasonable characterisations, brilliant visuals and a surprisingly good hero figure in Taylor Kitsch. I saw the preview screening this morning - don't really care how much it cost to make - what I found was a big budget film that I really enjoyed from start to finish. My advice - don't follow the cynics and naysayers - see it for yourself. I will normally not go see 3D films (they give me a headache) but the 3D wasn't too intrusive on this one.

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