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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 »
2 nominations. See more awards »

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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

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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 »

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Trivia

After Mars Recovery is given the OK to enter orbit around Mars, Woody Blake says "Let's light this candle". This is exactly what Alan Shepard, the first American in space, said just before lift-off on his inaugural Mercury flight. See more »

Goofs

The walls of the tent should be fully inflated by the much higher pressure inside, compared to the low atmospheric pressure of Mars. See more »

Quotes

Woody Blake: Okay, people let's look sharp now. We're gonna run this simulation one more time. If we overshoot, there's no coming back.
Phil Ohlmyer: Yeah, and drifting through eternity will ruin your whole day.
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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 The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) 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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A Visually Stunning and Vastly Underrated Film
8 August 2003 | by gws-2See all my reviews

Visually, "Mission to Mars" is stunning. Nobody tells a story better with pictures than De Palma. The scenic design and photography kept me riveted to every frame. On the recommendation of a friend, I watched the movie in widescreen on DVD using a high resolution monitor. The visuals are so important that I cannot imagine watching a pick and scan version on a conventional TV set. Too much would be lost that way.

The scene, early in the movie, where one of the Mars astronauts gets blown up made me levitate. Also, I though Tim Robbins' and Connie Nielsen's weightless dance in the spaceship on the way to Mars was lovely. The scene with the startling all white surroundings that the astronauts faced in the "faceship" (to coin a phrase) was also well done.

I thought the performances were uniformly excellent. That fact and the wonderful visuals overcame sometimes excruciatingly bad dialogue so that it did not really detract from my enjoyment of the film. That being said, though, I loved the exchange where it was observed by one character that the mere three per-cent difference between the genetic makeup of men and apes "gave us Einstein, Mozart" and a second character adds, "Jack the Ripper."

Some reviewers complained about the similarity of the film to "2001," but that is exactly what De Palma had in mind, I think. "Mission to Mars" pays homage to every sci-fi cartoon and movie ever made, from Buck Rogers to "Close Encounters," and does it well. Anyway, De Palma proved to me again that he really does march to his own drummer. I was hugely entertained and highly recommend this film -- but only if you watch it in widescreen on DVD or, better still, in a theater. Eight out of ten.


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Language:

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Release Date:

10 March 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,855,247, 12 March 2000

Gross USA:

$60,883,407

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$110,983,407
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