Transported to Barsoom, a Civil War vet discovers a barren planet seemingly inhabited by 12-foot tall barbarians. Finding himself prisoner of these creatures, he escapes, only to encounter Woola and a princess in desperate need of a savior.


Andrew Stanton


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Taylor Kitsch ... John Carter
Lynn Collins ... Dejah Thoris
Samantha Morton ... Sola
Willem Dafoe ... Tars Tarkas
Thomas Haden Church ... Tal Hajus
Mark Strong ... Matai Shang
Ciarán Hinds ... Tardos Mors (as Ciaran Hinds)
Dominic West ... Sab Than
James Purefoy ... Kantos Kan
Bryan Cranston ... Powell
Polly Walker ... Sarkoja
Daryl Sabara ... Edgar Rice Burroughs
Arkie Reece ... Stayman #1 / Helm
Davood Ghadami Davood Ghadami ... Stayman #3
Pippa Nixon ... Lightmaster


John Carter, a Civil War veteran, who in 1868 was trying to live a normal life, is "asked" by the Army to join, but he refuses so he is locked up. He escapes, and is pursued. Eventually they run into some Indians, and there's a gunfight. Carter seeks refuge in a cave. While there, he encounters someone who is holding some kind of medallion. When Carter touches it, he finds himself in a place where he can leap incredible heights, among other things. He later encounters beings he has never seen before. He meets a woman who helps him to discover that he is on Mars, and he learns there's some kind of unrest going on. Written by

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Lost in Our World. Found in Another.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


In Arizona, John Carter's bad behavior lands him in a jail operated by the United States Army's 7th Cavalry. This was the same regiment that George Armstrong Custer served in. See more »


At the time when John Carter and Dejah Thoris are getting married, in one scene Dejah Thoris's eye switch from Blue to Brown and then Blue again. See more »


Matai Shang: Ah. American.
John Carter: Who are you, sir?
Matai Shang: "Sir." Definitely from the South. The Carolinas? Virginia? It's Virginia, isn't it? Lovely place.
John Carter: Do you know it?
Matai Shang: Not as well as I should. But I will.
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The Disney castle logo at the beginning and end is tinted a deep blood red. See more »

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3 June 2020 | by cujoe_da_manSee all my reviews

Finally got to see this in its entirety and glad I did. I agree with everyone else that this didn't get the proper marketing it needed, I barely even remember it coming out, but I do remember critics reaming it for being a terrible movie... which it isn't.

There are two big black eyes on this movie, though. I'm usually able to suspend disbelief for pseudo-science and random technobabble, but there are just some things I can't look beyond. The first problem I have is with the teleporter, the idea that he's not actually transported to Mars, rather he's "copied" to Mars. There are literally now two John Carter's, one on Earth and one on Mars. I don't get this idea because (as he states), if he dies on Earth, he dies on Mars. So, how does he eat and keep his body from dying (naturally) while he's away? Does he have to come back every day to gain sustenance? Does that mean he's immortal on Mars? If his real body is on Earth, that means he could possibly "die" on Mars and then just return to Mars again. It's too much like "The Matrix" to not ask questions.

The other issue I have is with his strength. I know that when you go to a planet smaller than Earth that you are "stronger", though in reality it's just less gravity and you muscles have to work less, but for him to suddenly develop Superman levels of strength and speed is really asking waaaay too much. Men going to the moon should have never had to bring a rover with them because they could have jumped halfway around the moon in a single bound if we're following this logic. Yet, I just go with it because I figure it must have something to do with him being a copy of himself.

I didn't let those two points ruin the film for me, every film will have issues like that, but those two really stand out... well, aside from the idea that entire civilizations will never be seen from Earth with powerful telescopes, satellites and robot rovers, buuut maybe we just haven't zoomed on those parts of the planet close enough.

BUT! I still enjoyed it even with some of the strange technical things, it had some humor and heart and I really enjoyed Lynn Collins as Dejah Thoris, she really looks great with tattoos and dark skin.

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Release Date:

9 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Carter of Mars See more »

Filming Locations:

Moab, Utah, USA See more »


Box Office


$250,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,180,188, 11 March 2012

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2.35 : 1
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