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Invaders from Mars (1986)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 6 June 1986 (USA)
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A boy tries to stop aliens who have taken over his town and are attempting to brainwash its inhabitants.

Director:

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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Their conquest has already begun... He know they're here. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Martian drones were performed by two people back-to-back in one suit. A little person was carried in a sort of backpack on the back of a normal-sized performer. The little person would operate the drone's mouth and smaller arms (as seen when the drones load their weapons) while the full-sized performer made the creature walk and used ski poles to move the longer arms (as seen when the drones "salute" Mrs. McKeltch). The full-sized performer faced the rear of the suit and had to walk backwards so that the creature's knee joints would bend in a "not-human" fashion when it walked. Several actors performed the drones, working in shifts, which meant each performer who did the "walking" for a Martian needed his own custom-made footwear. 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

Supreme Intelligence: [Mocking David] Poor little guy... Poor little guy...
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References Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) See more »

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I was a child 'extra' in this movie
16 February 2008 | by Peter GenoveseSee all my reviews

The movie itself is pretty campy and you can't expect a whole heck of a lot out of it, just some cheesy 80's sci-fi fun, but what stands out for me was that I was an extra in this movie and got to experience the making of the movie first hand! I remember, I was in elementary school and got the opportunity to be in this movie. The first day that I participated was at the school scenes. At first I was one of the kids that was playing outside in the yard and then I was one of the kids walking in the hallway of the school. I can't recall if I was in the classroom, I haven't seen the movie since right after it came out and I just ordered the DVD so I'll have to check it out.

The other day that I was on set in a state park that was in Malibu, CA where they filmed several different scenes. One of which was a yellow school bus with kids/drones on it. I was in that bus, just staring forward with no expression, as per the direction from Tobe Hooper.

It was a fun experience and my first time ever in the movie biz so I'll always have a special little place in my heart for this movie. Good times!


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