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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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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital EX | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

HIDDEN MICKEY: Momentarily as we see the Mars Recovery vehicle approach the planet, Mars itself, the rotating circular hub of the spaceship, and the round satellite dish sitting on its spine line up to form the friendly and familiar Mickey Mouse logo. See more »

Goofs

The oxygen supplied to the engine would be just enough to cause the fuel in the engine to burn with little waste. There would not be excess oxygen to allow the leaked fuel to ignite and explode. 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 »

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Soundtracks

Ma 'Tit Fille
Written by Buckwheat Zydeco (as Stanley Dural, Jr.)
Performed by Buckwheat Zydeco
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
By Arrangement with Universal Music Special Markets
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Not Without It's Flaws, But Still A Wonderful Experience!
1 February 2014 | by g-bodylSee all my reviews

Before watching this film for the first time the other night, I knew this film got middling reviews and after watching it, I can't see why. Just like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Mission to Mars gives us a sense of wonder, of hope, and even of awe. The final half-hour of the film really gives us these emotions. The first part of the film may be a little boring or I shall say intellectual, but I found it interesting to watch. The visuals are really good and especially on Mars and that make the film pretty to look at.

Brian De Palma's film is about how the first manned mission to Mars goes very wrong thanks to a catastrophic and somewhat mysterious event. A rescue team goes to Mars to see if anyone is alive and they discover something that may enchant them forever.

This film has a pretty good cast and it seems like they had a good time. I don't see much of Gary Sinise anymore, but he does a good job as Jim. Don Cheadle is awesome as always. I can't complain about Tim Robbins since he usually does a good job in anything. All in all, everyone has good chemistry here.

Overall, this is a decent, wonder-inspiring sci-fi film. It may not be perfect thanks to some corny dialogue and some times of slowness, but it's much better than what people give it credit for. It's also a film that gives a possible view on where we people from Earth came from. I can't believe people say Morricone's score is bad, but it's far from bad. It's a haunting, stylish score that will stick with you, just like the movie. I rate this film 8/10.


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