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Passage to Mars (2016)

Not Rated | | Adventure | 30 September 2016 (USA)
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A NASA Arctic expedition designed to be the first Martian road trip on Earth becomes an epic two-year odyssey of human adventure and survival.
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Complete credited cast:
Zachary Quinto ... Pascal Lee (voice)
Charlotte Rampling ... Herself (voice)
Pascal Lee ... Himself
Buzz Aldrin ... Himself
John Schutt John Schutt ... Himself
Jesse Weaver Jesse Weaver ... Himself
Jean-Christophe Jeauffre ... Himself
Joe Amarualik Joe Amarualik ... Himself
Mark Carroll Mark Carroll ... Himself


The journals of a true NASA Arctic expedition unveils the adventure of a six-man crew's aboard an experimental vehicle designed to prepare the first human exploration of Mars. A voyage of fears and survival, hopes and dreams, through the beauties and the deadly dangers of two worlds: the High Arctic and Mars, a planet that might hide the secret of our origins. Written by Green Flash Pictures

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This is a True Story. You are Part of It.




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English | French

Release Date:

30 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Arctic Ocean See more »


Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$76,000, 29 September 2016

Gross USA:

$756,000, 1 March 2017
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »


High Water Everywhere
Written by Charley Patton (uncredited)
Performed by Charley Patton (1929)
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A Passage between science and fiction. Beautiful!
15 October 2016 | by billmershSee all my reviews

Passage to Mars is one of the best documentaries on space exploration matters I have seen in years. Actually, no... It's not a documentary. And here is why...

The film qualities are countless: astonishing cinematography, editing, scoring and innovative narration style (for a documentary, using the voice over as the expedition's leader diaries vs a usual "witness narrator", was a great path).

But beyond a cinematic successful enterprise - or, perhaps, because of it - the film manages to take you to other worlds.

Beyond the "road movie" - a NASA 2,000 mile - never before attempted sea ice crossing - this trek is a fable, almost an allegory, by the poetry blending with ethereal landscapes where our own thoughts get unleashed and free to reflect on our own existence and the very meaning of our destiny. Here, in space, or anywhere.

The way Passage to Mars ventures into unknown territories (the Arctic and Mars), it can barely be categorized in the documentary genre. Just call it a film, that's what it is. An artistic exploration of the unknown and of our deepest soul.

"Why do we Explore?", to quote the film, is what the film is about. And I loved it, beyond the spectacular and entertaining quality of the film. Makes your mind roving.

Passage to Mars is, to me, a Passage between Science (the NASA expedition) and Fiction (our destiny in space and on Mars). So, perhaps, this is the purest science fiction film you can find this month.

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