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Escape from Mars (1999)

In 2015, five astronauts make the first manned trip to Mars. They must battle and overcome inferior computer components, corporate greed and indifference, their own personal problems, as ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christine Elise ... Lia Poirier, Sagan Cocommander
Peter Outerbridge ... John Rank, Sagan Cocommander
Allison Hossack Allison Hossack ... Andrea Singer, Mission Chemist
Michael Shanks ... Bill Malone, Mission Architect
Ron Lea ... Jason, Mission Control Weasel
Kavan Smith ... Sergei Andropov, Misson Biogeochemist
David Kaye ... Steve Yaffe
Peter Kelamis ... Robert Poirer, Lia's Husband
Julie Khaner ... Gail McConnell, Mission Control
Tammy Isbell ... Stephanie Rank, John's Ex Wife
Arlene MacPherson Arlene MacPherson ... Remi
Aaron Pearl ... Robert Singer
Jonathan Barrett Jonathan Barrett ... Richard Singer
Darrell Nicholson Darrell Nicholson ... Andy Singer
Sophia Sweatman Sophia Sweatman ... Amanda Singer
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In 2015, five astronauts make the first manned trip to Mars. They must battle and overcome inferior computer components, corporate greed and indifference, their own personal problems, as well as the surprises that the Red Planet has in store for them. Written by <kimdv@best.com>

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Rated PG for mild sci-fi action and peril, and for some sensuality and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 February 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fuga de Marte See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

John Rank was born in 1981. See more »

Goofs

The Sagan is based on the Space Shuttle, which was only designed to reach Earth orbit. Even allowing for some design changes, at the time it reaches orbit it has jettisoned the external tank. This feeds the 3 main engines, and without this tank, there is no source of fuel for these engines which would allow it to increase its speed from 5 miles per second for Earth orbit to the 7.5 miles per second needed for an Earth escape trajectory. See more »

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Not bad . . . considering
7 June 2001 | by da_manSee all my reviews

For a low budget movie I didn't think this one was all that bad. I've seen worse, in fact I used this film to try to wash the horrible taste of Star Trek Insurrection out of my mouth. Compared to that, this is Dickens stacked against Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.

However I am willing to admit that Escape from Mars has a few flaws. First and foremost the budget for special effects was about $6.50 plus what they could find in the change slot of local phone booths. This is probably what led most science fiction fans against this film. We're used to fantastic specials which create a real visual treat. To have that missing really hurts the film.

The second flaw is that the story, however realistic, is now standard for anyone who has read anything from the hard science genre. Whoever wrote this has obviously read Robinson and Bova as well as checked the NASA site every now and then. So I guess my complaint is that there were few surprises or new stuff.

Third is that the whole thing is shot on video which makes everything look cheap, like a news room set. There is little which looks realistic and one can feel a bit ripped off by the sets they have although I did notice a few nice touches in the background.

What saved this film in my opinion was the acting. Every actor in this film did a sterling job despite the problems. Many of us are used to some atrocious over-acting which is enough to make Jack Palance proud and me nauseous. Ironically it is the faults of this film which allow viewers to see what a hard job acting is. With limited special effects and poor sets you can see what normal actors see when they work. The large temptation is to over act but the entire cast bring out believable, human performances which is why I gave the film a 7.


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