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Ghosts of Mars (2001)

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In 2176, a Martian police unit is sent to pick up a highly dangerous criminal at a remote mining post. Upon arrival, the cops find that the post has become a charnel house.

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John Carpenter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natasha Henstridge ... Lieutenant Melanie Ballard
Ice Cube ... Desolation Williams
Jason Statham ... Sgt Jericho Butler
Clea DuVall ... Bashira Kincaid
Pam Grier ... Commander Helena Braddock
Joanna Cassidy ... Whitlock
Richard Cetrone ... Big Daddy Mars
Rosemary Forsyth ... Inquisitor
Liam Waite ... Michael Descanso
Duane Davis ... Uno
Lobo Sebastian ... Dos
Rodney A. Grant ... Tres
Peter Jason ... McSimms
Wanda De Jesus ... Akooshay
Doug McGrath ... Benchley
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Storyline

200 years in the future a Martian police unit is dispatched to transport a dangerous prisoner from a mining outpost back to justice. But when the team arrives they find the town deserted and some of the inhabitants possessed by the former inhabitants of the planet. Written by IMDb staff

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You Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance See more »

Genres:

Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence/gore, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,804,452, 26 August 2001, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,434,601, 23 September 2001
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ghosts of Mars (2001) was originally intended to be another Snake Plissken film entitled "Escape From Mars," but when Escape From L.A. (1996) did not do well at the box office, the screenplay was rewritten and the character of Desolation Williams took Plissken's place as the lead, played by Ice Cube. See more »

Goofs

When Ballard breaks free from Williams' grip, the knife at her throat can clearly be seen to bend with her neck rather than slice a gaping wound in it. See more »

Quotes

Uno: So, you're just gonna stand there and watch her break my shit?
Dos: Yeah, and now you're done mopping the floor, why don't you get me a beer, killer?
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Assault on Mars
14 May 2006 | by deckard_78See all my reviews

John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars never appeared in the theaters of Turkey,have seen the movie on DVD about two years ago.As a big John Carpenter fan,enjoyed the movie from beginning to end.The movie has all the basic elements which we look for in a Carpenter movie;a cool anti-hero,a beauty in the lead,raw action,some effective scares and of course great Carpenter dialogs.(cheesy but very smart)Also the movie has a strong and effective Carpenter score like most of his movies.As you can guess from the headline,the movie is a brief summary of his earlier works.The plot reminds us one of his very best movies;Assault on precinct 13 which is now considered as a cult classic and which caught a minor attention before Halloween.Like his masterpiece about human nature and paranoia;The Thing,the story is set in a resurrected area where the characters are all by themselves.Carpenter created almost the same atmosphere just like he did in Assault on precinct 13 by making the criminals and the police squad fight against the enemy together.Finally,Ghosts of Mars can be considered as a weak chain in Carpenter's career by some of his fans but if you sit on the couch just to have a good time without thinking much,the movie gives plenty of excitement.Remember,it's a Carpenter flick from beginning to end.

It's the Assault on Mars.

It's the Rio Bravo of science fiction.


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