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Invaders from Mars (1986)

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A boy tries to stop aliens who have taken over his town and are attempting to brainwash its inhabitants.

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Tobe Hooper

Writers:

Richard Blake (based on a screenplay by), Dan O'Bannon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Black ... Linda Magnusson
Hunter Carson ... David Gardner
Timothy Bottoms ... George Gardner
Laraine Newman ... Ellen Gardner
James Karen ... Gen. Climet Wilson
Bud Cort ... Mark Weinstein
Louise Fletcher ... Mrs. McKeltch
Eric Pierpoint ... Sgt. Maj. Rinaldi
Christopher Allport ... Captain Curtis
Donald Hotton ... Old NASA Scientist
Kenneth Kimmins ... Officer Kenney
Charlie Dell ... Mr. Cross
Jimmy Hunt ... Police Chief
William Bassett ... NASA Scientist
Virginya Keehne ... Heather (as Virginia Keehne)
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Storyline

In this remake of the classic 50s SF tale, a boy tries to stop an invasion of his town by aliens who take over the the minds of his parents, his least-liked schoolteacher and other townspeople. With the aid of the school nurse the boy enlists the aid of the U.S. Marines. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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There's no place on Earth to hide! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Invasores de Marte See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,046,576, 8 June 1986

Gross USA:

$4,884,663
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cannon Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Near the beginning of the film the parents are getting David Gardner ready for bed, and start shuffling things around his bedroom. The father picks up a magazine and starts to read it. The magazine was a late 70's slick fanzine called Fantascene. That issue had a very fine article on the making of the original Invaders from Mars (1953). See more »

Goofs

During the firefight with the Martian Leader, two Marines who get electrocuted start convulsing before the electricity even appears. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. Maj. Rinaldi: General Wilson! We have one of their weapons here. I know it sounds crazy...
Gen. Climet Wilson: That just might work if we can figure out how to make it work in time!
David Gardner: General Wilson? Fuel! It needs fuel. Copper! Copper is what they use. I saw them onload this.
Gen. Climet Wilson: Well, maybe a penny will do it!
David Gardner: Dammit! I had a whole bagful!
Gen. Climet Wilson: Great Scott! Hasn't anybody got a penny?
MP #1: We don't carry loose change into combat, sir.
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Alternate Versions

West German theatrical version was cut by ca. 3,5 minutes (the entire end sequence). This version was released on all subsequent VHS and DVD versions. Only in 2014 the uncut version was released on DVD. See more »

Connections

References Invaders from Mars (1953) See more »

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A sci-fi Wizard of Oz from a kids perspective
13 August 2002 | by dublin9See all my reviews

This is not a movie to be viewed from a serious perspective. But even sci-fi aficionados seem to have been losing their sense of fun over the years, which may be why this remake has been panned so badly. The whole movie is viewed from a young boy's dark imagination, right down to the ridiculous Mr. Potato head aliens. Even the camera angles are taken from child's height. And within the bizarre dream world of adolescent fears and disempowerment springs forth a really fun movie. Within this context, the remake of Invaders from mars remains true to the 1950's genre with some tongue in cheek. Relax, grab some popcorn, and warp back to the 50's, when your imagination didn't have to be fed with a spoon.


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