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Red Planet (2000)

Astronauts, and their robotic dog AMEE (Autonomous Mapping Evaluation and Evasion), search for solutions to save a dying Earth by searching on Mars, only to have the mission go terribly awry.


Antony Hoffman


Chuck Pfarrer (story), Chuck Pfarrer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
Val Kilmer ... Gallagher
Carrie-Anne Moss ... Bowman
Tom Sizemore ... Burchenal
Benjamin Bratt ... Santen
Simon Baker ... Pettengil
Terence Stamp ... Chantilas
Jessica Morton Jessica Morton ... Website Fan
Caroline Bossi Caroline Bossi ... Website Fan
Bob Neill Bob Neill ... Voice of Houston (voice)


In the near future, Earth is dying. A new colony on Mars could be humanity's only hope. A team of American astronauts, each a specialist in a different field, is making the first manned expedition to the red planet and must struggle to overcome the differences in their personalities, backgrounds and ideologies for the overall good of the mission. When their equipment suffers life-threatening damage and the crew must depend on one another for survival on the hostile surface of Mars, their doubts, fears and questions about God, man's destiny and the nature of the universe become defining elements in their fates. In this alien environment they must come face to face with their most human selves. Written by Anonymous

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Not A Sound. Not A Warning. Not A Chance. Not Alone. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence, brief nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 November 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mars See more »


Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,721,296, 12 November 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Antony Hoffman commented on the film saying: "I like the idea that this story is likely to happen at some point in tune. There are, in fact, projects in the works to determine whether Mars could one day become an inhabitable planet, should the Earth become so toxic that we can no longer live on it." See more »


(at around 29 mins) After Bowman puts out the fire and restores power in the ship, the ship resumes spinning and the artificial gravity goes back into effect. When this happens Bowman and the various floating objects immediately fall "down" to the floor. In space there is no down, so objects could just as easily fall up or to the side. What's more, artificial gravity produced by centrifugal force does not attract objects. Object in free fall would continue to remain in free fall until they came to rest onto the rotating surface, at which point the effect of artificial gravity would then be felt. See more »


[first lines]
Commander Kate Bowman: [narration] By the year 2000 we had begun to over populate, pollute, and poison our planet faster than we could clean it up. We ignored the problem for as long as we could. But we were kidding ourselves. By 2025, we knew we were in trouble. And began to desperately search for a new home - Mars.
Commander Kate Bowman: For the last 20 years we've been sending unmanned probes with algae, bio-engineered to grow there and produce oxygen. We're going to build ourselves an atmosphere we can breathe. And for 20 ...
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Crazy Credits

In the credits, Pettengill is spelled Pettengil (one "l"). See more »


When the World Is Running Down (You Can't Go Wrong)
Written by Sting
Published by Magnetic Publishing Ltd.
Administered by EMI Blackwood Music, Inc.
Performed by DifferntGear vs. The Police
Courtesy of A&M Records/Pagan Records
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Yes its is Sci Fi and Its not a bad movie! But not a great movie.
2 October 2005 | by hrobertsizemoreSee all my reviews

While there are some mistakes made in the science parts of the movie. The movie is not that bad as indicated by a large number of viewers. Having watched both Mission to Mars and Red Planet back to back thanks to the SciFi channel M2M is not as good as Red Planet. Having watched M2M 3 times now, I would recommend RP 1st. It is a nice twist of the 1950s B grade sci-fi movies.

Overall I would recommend the movie. I did enjoy Tom Sizemore and Val Kilmer. Moss's role was limited in imho and the cast was limited as it was. The movie would probably been much better if 1.) the movie had taken more time to tell the story and 2.) there had been a better job of editing.

Pros: cinema-photography, Val Kilmer, Tom Sizemore, sci-fi, Cons: Lack of character development, a few sci-fact goofs (the space fire is not a goof); film editing.

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