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Mission to Mars (2000)

When the first manned mission to Mars meets with a catastrophic and mysterious disaster after reporting an unidentified structure, a rescue mission is launched to investigate the tragedy and bring back any survivors.

Director:

Brian De Palma

Writers:

Lowell Cannon (story), Jim Thomas (story) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Sinise ... Jim McConnell
Tim Robbins ... Woody Blake
Don Cheadle ... Luke Graham
Connie Nielsen ... Terri Fisher
Jerry O'Connell ... Phil Ohlmyer
Peter Outerbridge ... Sergei Kirov
Kavan Smith ... Nicholas Willis
Jill Teed ... Reneé Coté
Elise Neal ... Debra Graham
Kim Delaney ... Maggie McConnell
Marilyn Norry ... NASA Wife
Freda Perry Freda Perry ... NASA Wife
Lynda Boyd ... NASA Wife
Patricia Harras ... NASA Wife
Robert Bailey Jr. ... Bobby Graham
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Storyline

When a mysterious storm kills all but one crew member of the first manned mission to mars, a rescue mission is launched. Once on the red planet, the crew finds the sole survivor of the first mission who informs them that this was no ordinary storm. It was meant to protect something. But what? Written by Eric Thal

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

For centuries, we've searched for the origin of life on Earth...We've been looking on the wrong planet. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for sci-fi violence and mild language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Cinopsis [Belgium] (French)

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

M2M See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,855,247, 12 March 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$60,883,407

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$110,983,407
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original director of the film was Gore Verbinski. When the budget was upgraded, Brian De Palma started to show interest. Rewrites in the script were also done. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 18 mins) While looking at a DNA sequence Terri Fisher says that the last two chromosomes are missing. What is missing is actually the last two nucleotides of the sequence. DNA does not have chromosomes. Rather, chromosomes are comprised of DNA, and a single chromosome will contain many tens or hundreds of millions of nucleotides. See more »

Quotes

Jim McConnell: There's pressure in here.
Terri Fisher: Above Mars atmospheric? That's impossible.
Jim McConnell: We're millions of miles from Earth inside a giant white face. What's impossible?
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Crazy Credits

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's cooperation and assistance does not reflect an endorsement of the contents of the film or the treatment of the characters depicted therein. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Top 5 Worst Sci-Fi Movies Ever Made (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday To You
Written by Mildred J. Hill (as Mildred Hill) and Patty S. Hill (as Patty Hill)
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My Review
7 March 2000 | by greaseistheword2000See all my reviews

My Mission to Mars was a pleasant adventure. Departing from today's incessant need to combine blood curling aliens with one's travels through space, Mission to Mars provides an intelligent ultimatum. The film lies somewhere in between 2001, The Abyss and Lost in Space, forcing us to examine our roles as humans throughout the ages in this unexplored territory. Sprinkle a touch of action, and a pinch of suspense, and you have yourself a sci-fi film for the new millennium.

The film stars such veteran actors as Tim Robbins, Gary Sinise, Don Cheadle, and Jerry O'Connell; an ensemble where only first-class acting is possible. So let us move onto the direction. It is Brian DePalma's foray into science fiction. And masterfully done to say the least. His shot composition is reminiscent of Scarface and The Untouchables, mixing filmmaking from the days of yore with today's MTV aesthetic. DePalma's talent for filming suspenseful action sequences is in full swing in this film. The spacewalk scene will be one that will not be forgotten for quite some time. Could possibly be one of the best spacewalk scenes in films to date. The hidden jewel for me was the unpredictability of the film. Each corner turned was a pleasant surprise. I can't remember that last time I saw a movie with this quality, especially coming out of the Hollywood mainstream.

The cinematography was astounding. Imagine Lawrence of Arabia lensed on Mars. Professor Jenkins from Scientific America was correct when he said that the images from the film were identical to those photographed from the actual planet. And that is not a small feat.


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