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Mars Attacks! (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 13 December 1996 (USA)
Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... President James Dale / Art Land
... First Lady Marsha Dale
... Barbara Land
... Professor Donald Kessler
... Rude Gambler
... Press Secretary Jerry Ross
... Nathalie Lake
... Jason Stone
... General Decker
... Tom Jones
... Richie Norris
... Taffy Dale
... Byron Williams
... Martian Girl
... Grandma Florence Norris
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Storyline

It is a normal day for everyone, until the President of the United States announces Martians have been spotted circling Earth. The Martians land and a meeting is arranged, but not everything goes to plan, and the Martians seem to have other plans for Earth. Are they just misunderstood beings or do they really want to destroy all of humanity? Written by Film_Fan

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Taglines:

YIKES! They've Landed! See more »

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi fantasy violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Warner Bros.

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Release Date:

13 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

¡Marcianos al ataque!  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,384,272, 15 December 1996, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,771,017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$101,371,017
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The Martians land in Pahrump, Nevada, home of radio talk-show host Art Bell. Bell is well known for featuring guests who are involved, in one way or another, with the subject of outer-space life forms. This ranges from scientists investigating the possibility of extraterrestrial life, to people who claim to have been contacted, kidnapped, examined, or impregnated (sometimes all at the same time) by space aliens. See more »

Goofs

When the aliens break into the president's compound, you can see where the door is going to split before it is blown open. See more »

Quotes

Rude Gambler: [after running into a martian] Holy shit!
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Crazy Credits

A flying saucer buzzes around the opening Warner Brothers logo. See more »

Connections

References Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Stayin' Alive
Written by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb
Performed by The Bee Gees
Courtesy of PolyGram International Music, B.V.
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing
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We Come in Peace!
28 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

When the USA satellites photograph many flying saucers coming to Earth, the American President James Dale has a meeting with his advisors. He is convinced by Professor Donald Kessler (Pierce Brosnan) that Martians would be a developed culture and therefore peaceful by nature, in spite of the warnings of General Decker (Rod Steiger). The authorities, some civilians and the press prepare a welcome committee for the aliens, but they realize that Mars is actually attacking Earth.

"Mars Attack!" is one of the most hilarious and entertaining movie of Tim Burton. Using a parody to the sci-fi of the 50's and like a shotgun, he criticizes the politicians and their greed to be popular; the arrogance and lack of humility of some intellectuals; the lack of sensibility of the army; the lack of ethics in the press; the shallow behavior of the first lady; and some silly cults. In the other side, he highlights the importance of friendship, loyalty and love. I particularly like very much the characters of Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan and Rod Steiger in the cast that is actually a constellation. Unfortunately Jack Black dies in the very beginning, because his character was also very funny. This movie is one of my favorite cult-movies, and a great homage to Ed Wood ("Plan 9 from Outer Space"). My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Marte Ataca!" ("Mars Attacks!")


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