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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.

Director:

Antony Hoffman

Writers:

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

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"The landscape and topography of Wadi Rum was very similar to photos I had seen of the topography of Mars," said director Antony Hoffman, "all that flat land as far as the eye can see, dry and desolate. It worked perfectly to convey the scale and proportion we were looking for and to show how small mankind really is. which is an important theme in the film." This same location had been the setting for 'Lawrence of Arabia' (1962) and hadn't been used for a film production since that legendary production. Perhaps with good reason. "We all agreed that it was the most spectacular location we could have found and I think we all agreed that it was also one of the most difficult." Hoffman noted. "We couldn't have had harsher conditions." The heat was the main problem, particularly for the cast who had to wear rubber space suits. It was well over 104° Fahrenheit (40° Celsius) every day. See more »

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(at 42:35) When Pettengill goes to talk to Santen on the edge of the cliff, the sun is on the left of both Santen and Pettengill In the next frame, it is now on the right of Pettengill and behind him when the camera switches to show there faces. See more »

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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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Red Planet is a great rainy, Saturday afternoon film
22 October 2001 | by m_enderSee all my reviews

Whoa there kids! Red Planet is just a movie and in my opinion a pretty good sci-fi picture. Yes, it is not 2001: A Space Odyssey or Mission to Mars (which I think was ridiculous). It is not meant to be. Maybe the characters are not fully developed but name a science fiction movie where the characters are completely developed. The movie is called "Red Planet" not "Who are the People Who are Going to Mars to Save Earth?" and we join the action "in media res" which means in the middle of things so character development is not stressed in the beginning. Good grief. People throw around scientific, cinematic, and character development flaws with the movie instead of trying to enjoy the suspense of this movie.

You are stuck on the planet Mars. No food or water. Someone on the crew is already dead and another is a little sketchy. You have a limited time to get off the planet, your friendly neighborhood military robot has decided to play "Seek and Destroy", and something mysterious is happening on the surface of Mars involving tiny, bio-luminescent aphids.

So imagine all of that and you will get an idea of what the writers and director wanted to recreate for the audience. I liked this movie. I recognize there are flaws in the movie and possibly the acting but honestly I thought it was a great premise. Reminded me of the Greek myth of Jason and Argonauts on their quest for the Golden Fleece.

I would give the movie 4 stars out of a possible 5. Before you write and tell me how inaccurate or misguided a movie-goer I am realize I have read the classic sci-fi adventures from the likes of Heinlein, Clarke, and Bradbury. They would recognize the film for what it was: a piece of escape fiction that had its moments of comedy, intelligence, and suspense.


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Release Date:

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,721,296, 12 November 2000

Gross USA:

$17,480,890

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,463,969
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