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Mars Attacks! (1996)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | 13 December 1996 (USA)
Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor.

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It is a normal day for everyone, until the President of the United States announces Martians have been spotted circling Earth. The Martians land and a meeting is arranged, but not everything goes to plan, and the Martians seem to have other plans for Earth. Are they just misunderstood beings or do they really want to destroy all of humanity? Written by Film_Fan

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Nice planet. We'll take it! See more »

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Comedy | Sci-Fi

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Rated PG-13 for sci-fi fantasy violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,384,272 (USA) (15 December 1996)

Gross:

$37,771,017 (USA)
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Trivia

Warren Beatty was originally cast as the president. Paul Newman was cast when Beatty dropped out, but then left the project over the violence concerns. Michael Keaton was also considered. See more »

Goofs

During the first attack scene, Stone is shown crawling with a Jeep in the background. The shot has been flopped as evidenced by the skeleton driver and steering wheel being on the right. See more »

Quotes

First Lady: [as the chandelier is falling on her] The Nancy Reagan chandelier!
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Special effects: No living animals were barbecued during the production of this film. See more »

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Spoofs Jurassic Park (1993) See more »

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It's satire, not spoof!!!
10 October 2005 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

I enjoy reading 'hated-it' reviews of movies I like. Here most of negative reviews complain about it being a no-fun spoof, some compare it with Airplane, mentioned as a good example of successful parody. and yes its restless gags, and countless cinephile quotes make it a very funny movie.

Mars Attacks is not Airplane: regardless what Tim Burton said about, Mars Attacks irony is not as much about '50ies movies: it is about STUPIDS, and, definitively, about how ALL mankind, with no exceptions, is stupid (especially US mankind in Burton intentions, I suppose).

Each character in the movie represent a cliché, and let them be intellectual, pacifist or their opposite, tycoons, Machiavellian, ambitious: all of them are greedy and blunt idiots beyond redemption, and without redemption they get killed by the martians who find it incredibly easy and funny (even though, the martian themselves are not much better than us, the movie suggests).

Some comments say the characters are unrealistically dumb... well they are dumb, but I still haven's seen in a movie or in a book such a high level of dumbness as to be unrealistic.

So, you will find this movie simply delicious if you accept being laughed at together with everyone and everything that surrounds you. On the contrary, if you think your supposed intelligence is too sacred to laugh at it, you've best watch another movie.


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