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Transplanted to Mars, a Civil War vet discovers a lush planet inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself a prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter a princess who is in desperate need of a savior.

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The continuing adventures of John Carter.

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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. Later 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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mars | escape | cave | death | princess | See more »

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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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9 March 2012 (USA)  »

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$250,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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

Probably holds the record for having the longest period of "development hell" for any movie, at 79 years. Preproduction for a film version first started in 1931, when Robert Clampett (director of 'Looney Tunes') approached author Edgar Rice Burroughs to make an animated feature out of the first book in the series, "A Princess of Mars" (the same story that this film is an adaptation of). Had plans gone through, 'John Carter' could have become America's first animated feature, beating Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) (1937). The film finally left development hell in January 2010 when filming officially started in London. See more »

Goofs

When John Carter is trying to pull the chain out of the rock in the arena, the ring fastening the chain has an obvious gap for him to unhook it easily. The gap disappears in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Matai Shang: Ah. American.
John Carter: Who are you, sir?
Matai Shang: "Sir." Definitely from the South. The Carolinas? Virginia? It's Virginia, isn't it? Lovely place.
John Carter: Do you know it?
Matai Shang: Not as well as I should. But I will.
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Crazy Credits

The Disney castle logo at the beginning and end is tinted a deep blood red. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.108 (2012) See more »

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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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Breathtaking
4 March 2012 | by (Naples, FL) – See all my reviews

We just saw a pre-release showing of this movie and I had to pick my jaw up off the floor a few times. The movie is simply stunning. While there may be small details to niggle at for the most die-hard Burroughs fans, this is "inspired by" a Princess of Mars, it isn't a straight adaptation. The movie is a whirlwind of amazing visuals, powerful dialog and soul-wrenching storytelling.

I'd had high hopes that this movie would live up to the hype surrounding it. It surpasses it, the hype doesn't even come close. From beginning to end, this movie focuses on story, and expands on a great story with stunning effects as opposed to just using great FX in place of solid storytelling.

It also has one of the strongest pieces of non-verbal storytelling outside of Up.

Do not miss this film. Do see it in the theaters. Do see it in 3D.

You will not be disappointed. I'm certainly chomping at the bit for release day so I can see it again and I'm already hoping for a sequel based on The Gods of Mars.


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