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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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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


$263,700,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Tom Cruise was going to star as John Carter in the 1980s when John McTiernan was going to direct. See more »


On two occasions, Dejah is falling from a great height when John makes a soaring leap, and catches her at its apex when he's traveling horizontally. Doing so instantly cancels out her downwards momentum - when either they should've both gone into a sharp dive, or else she would be killed as if she'd just hit the ground. See more »


Tars Tarkas: Zodanga, red flags. Helium, blue. Zodanga is winning the war. But I say let red men kill red men until only Tharks remain.
John Carter: That doesn't look like a fair fight.
Tars Tarkas: Zodanga never fights fair.
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The Disney castle logo at the beginning and end is tinted a deep blood red. See more »


Referenced in The Blue Umbrella (2013) See more »


Kings and Queens
Written by Jared Leto
Performed by 30 Seconds to Mars
Produced by Steve Lillywhite & 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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