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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:

Nice planet. We'll take it! See more »

Genres:

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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(Technicolor)

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where characters are wandering through a collection of old neon signs, was filmed at the "Neon Boneyard", located on property maintained by the Neon Museum, a non-profit organization in Las Vegas. Many of the signs in the collection were donated by the Young Electric Sign Company (which constructed many of the casino signs, and were originally salvaged for parts), and are slated for restoration and incorporation into outdoor exhibits. The "Boneyard" has been used in several film and television projects, and is open for tours by appointment only. See more »

Goofs

When the Martians land at the Capitol, the trees alternately have no leaves, then have many. See more »

Quotes

[Louise on the Metro Bus, notices her two sons named Cedric and Neville playing Flesh Eaters at the video game arcade]
Louise Williams: Excuse me, folks. We've got to make an unscheduled STOP!
[She stops the bus at the Video Game Arcade, Cedric and Neville looks at his mother]
Neville Williams: Oh, man! It's mama!
[she gets out of the bus, walking to his two sons, angry]
Louise Williams: What are you doing here, huh? If you ain't gonna come home, why aren't you in class? Huh?
[grabs Cedric]
Cedric Williams: Mama, because class was cancelled!
Louise Williams: Class was NOT cancelled!
Cedric Williams:
[...]
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in ER: Mars Attacks (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Indian Love Call
Written by Otto A. Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II and Rudolf Friml
Performed by Slim Whitman
Courtesy of Capitol Nashville
Under license from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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A guilty pleasure that grows on you
30 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

When I first saw this in the theater with my granddaughter, we both found to be pretty lame and disappointing, but not without some wit to it. Since then, it's been on the cable channels multiple times, and I always find myself watching it again. I really hate to admit it, but this thing has really grown on me - so much so that I finally bought the DVD.

When I first saw it, I wouldn't have given it more than a 4 out of 10, but after repeated viewings, I now give it a 9. I can't really say why, and I certainly can't justify it in any rational sense, but it all just works for me. The wry wit, the blatant social and political commentary, I find it all immensely satisfying.

My confession's over, I'll do my penance. But I have to also say that my granddaughter's opinion of it has never wavered. She considers this movie as evidence of my incipient senility...


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