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John Carter (2012)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tardos Mors (as Ciaran Hinds)
Stayman #1 / Helm
Davood Ghadami ...
Stayman #3


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 rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Lost in Our World. Found in Another.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$250,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Did You Know?


In September 2014, studio president Alan Bergman was asked at a conference if Disney had been able to partially recoup its losses on this and The Lone Ranger (2013) through subsequent release windows or other monetization methods, and he responded: "I'm going to answer that question honestly and tell you no, it didn't get that much better. We did lose that much money on those movies." See more »


After John Carter has saved Dejah Thoris from the collapsing airship, the Tharks hand him their wager. He then takes off the necklaces and other jewelry except for a flat white neck ring. The camera switches to Dejah and back to Carter and the neck ring is gone. See more »


Tardos Mors: Dejah, ever since you were a little girl, you've always met the expectations placed on you. It's Sab's terms.
Dejah Thoris: What are they?
Tardos Mors: He will spare Helium, if you accept his hand in marriage.
Dejah Thoris: No! He is a monster! You must refuse him!
Tardos Mors: He's already on his way here.
Dejah Thoris: But all of my work! I just need a little more time!
Tardos Mors: Dejah.
Dejah Thoris: How can you...? You can't just bow down to Zodanga!
Tardos Mors: A wedding will save the city!
Dejah Thoris: Perhaps! But it could lose you Barsoom!
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John Carter: Stunningly Effective
9 March 2012 | by (California, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Hearing about this Disney film's story sparked my interest in seeing this right away! I finally did and overall, the characters, the setting, and the plot flowed seamlessly well together! It's like Disney's formula of "Star Wars" and "Avatar" meets "Prince of Persia: Sands of Time."

So, the plot revolves around a Civil War veteran who is somehow transported to Barsoom (aka Mars), where he must help a princess and a colony succeed in a heated battle against another feuding colony.

Director Andrew Stanton delivered well in this epic take of John Carter. Sure, star Taylor Kitsch seems like he's trying a little too hard as the lead guy, but it looks like he's heading toward the same path left behind by Jake Gyllenhaal for "Prince of Persia": serious character figure, yet sometimes able to show unintentional humor usually without noticing. Though not bad on either one's part!

Since John Carter was conceived as a story back in 1912 by Edgar Rice Burroughs (of Tarzan fame), I have to say that this movie is certainly NOT a rip-off. A film like this deserves more credit than initially given! Epic action/adventure films like "Star Wars" and "Avatar" wouldn't exist today without these early roots! It pretty much sparked an influence on the sci-fi, action, adventure genre films that most audiences came to know decades later.

It looks like Stanton's following exactly what his fellow Pixar colleague Brad Bird had done with Tom Cruise in "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol," stepping up as director for once in live-action! Not bad for their first time.

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