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Mars Attacks!

Year:
Duration:
106 min
Genres:
Comedy | Sci-Fi
IMDB rate:
6.3
Director:
Tim Burton
Awards:
2 wins & 16 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1996-12-13
Filming Locations: Randy's Donuts - 805 W. Manchester Avenue, Inglewood, California, USA
Earnings
Budget: $70,000,000
Opening Weekend: $9,384,272 (USA) (15 December 1996)
Gross: $37,754,208 (USA) (16 March 1997)
Cast
Actor
Character
Christina Applegate
Christina Applegate
Mars Attacks!
Jack Nicholson
President James Dale
Glenn Close
First Lady Marsha Dale
Annette Bening
Barbara Land
Pierce Brosnan
Professor Donald Kessler
Danny DeVito
Rude Gambler
Martin Short
Press Secretary Jerry Ross
Sarah Jessica Parker
Nathalie Lake
Michael J. Fox
Jason Stone
Rod Steiger
General Decker
Tom Jones
Tom Jones
Lukas Haas
Richie Norris
Natalie Portman
Taffy Dale
Jim Brown
Byron Williams
Lisa Marie
Martian Girl
Sylvia Sidney
Grandma Florence Norris
Paul Winfield
General Casey
Pam Grier
Louise Williams
Jack Black
Billy Glenn Norris
Janice Rivera
Cindy, Byron's Co-Worker
Ray J
Cedric Williams
Brandon Hammond
Neville Williams
Joe Don Baker
Richie's Dad
O-Lan Jones
Sue Ann Norris
Brian Haley
Mitch, Secret Service Agent
Jerzy Skolimowski
Dr. Zeigler
Timi Prulhiere
White House Tour Guide
Barbet Schroeder
Maurice, the French President
Chi Hoang Cai
Mr. Lee
Tommy Bush
Hillbilly
Joseph Maher
White House Decorator
Gloria M. Malgarini
Nun
Betty Bunch
Nun
Gloria Hoffmann
Nun
Willie Garson
Corporate Guy
John Roselius
GNN Boss
Michael Reilly Burke
GNN Reporter
Valerie Wildman
GNN Reporter
Richard Irving
GNN Reporter
Jonathan Emerson
Newscaster
Tamara 'Gingir' Curry
Hooker
Rebecca Broussard
Hooker
Vinny Argiro
Mr. Brian, Casino Manager
Steve Valentine
TV Director
Coco Leigh
Female Journalist
Jeffrey King
NASA Technician
Enrique Castillo
Hispanic Colonel
Don Lamoth
Colonel #2
C. Wayne Owens
Stranger
Joseph Patrick Moynihan
Stranger
Roger Peterson
Colonel
John Finnegan
Speaker of the House
Ed Lambert
Morose Old Guy
John Gray
Incredibly Old Guy
Gregg Daniel
Lab Technician
J. Kenneth Campbell
Doctor
Rance Howard
Texan Investor
Jeanne Mori
Doctor
Richard Assad
Saudi Investor
Velletta Carlson
Elderly Woman Playing Slots
Kevin Mangan
Trailer Lover
Rebeca Silva
Hispanic Woman
Josh Philip Weinstein
Hippie
Julian Barnes
White House Waiter (as Juian Barnes)
Ken Thomas
White House Photographer
Darelle Porter Holden
Tom Jones Backup Singer
Christi Black
Tom Jones Backup Singer (as Cristi Black)
Sharon Hendrix
Tom Jones Backup Singer
Frank Welker
Various Martians (voice) (as Frank W. Welker)
Jim Beatty
Reporter (uncredited)
John Bradley
Reporter (uncredited)
Colleen Ann Brah
Tom Jones Show Girl (uncredited)
Greg Bronson
Businessman at Newsstand (uncredited)
Mac Canepi
Desert Landing Spectator (uncredited)
Maria Celeste Genitempo
Spectator (uncredited)
Geri Gilmore
Old Hippy Lady (uncredited)
Matthew James Gulbranson
Presidential Aide (uncredited)
Roger Jackson
Translator Device
Walter Ludwig
Navy-Band Member (uncredited)
Stephanie Masoner
Ambassador Martian (uncredited)
Scott McKinley
Reporter (uncredited)
Bob Pepper
Attacked Citizen (uncredited)
Kelly Lynn Richards
Washington DC Tourist (uncredited)
David Sherrill
Lt. Col. Swenson (uncredited)
William Victor Skrabanek
Congressman (uncredited)
Alexandra Smothers
Cleopatra Cocktail Waitress (uncredited)
Jay So
Gambler (uncredited)
Edward Tubbs
Desert Landing Spectator (uncredited)
Carl Washington
White House Tourist (uncredited)
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Trivia
Sylvia Sidney's last movie. She only did television projects after this.
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Although supposedly taking place in the 1990s, the US Army uniforms, tanks, jeeps, artillery, etc, all date from the 1950s, when the movies being spoofed were made.
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Tim Burton:  [music]  music by Danny Elfman.
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Goofs
When the Galaxy is destroyed, an African-American woman on the street wearing a gold dress drops her purse and begins running when the Martian ship fires, but in the shot of the people fleeing on the street, her purse is back with her, with no time for her to have gone back to get it.
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When the aliens break into the president's compound, you can see where the door is going to split before it is blown open.
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In the initial attack, a media van is knocked over but is soon back on its wheels.
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Quotes
President Dale: What do you think, Marcia?
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Martian Translator Device: Don't run! We are your friends!
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Art Land: If the Martians land, the're gonna need a place to stay. Just like everybody else.
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Faq
Q
What is 'Mars Attacks' about?
A
When U.S. President James Dale (Jack Nicholson) is informed that a fleet of Martian spaceships are approaching Earth, he consults with his advisers General Decker (Rod Steiger) and Professor Donald Kessler (Pierce Brosnan). Decker wants immediate military deployment, while Kessler suggests that they roll out the red carpet. The President decides to follow Kessler's suggestion and send General Casey ([link=]) to greet them. Just as the Martian Ambassador assures everyone that they come in peace, a group of hippies release a peace dove. Suddenly, the Martians shoot down the dove, vaporize General Casey, and turn their weapons on the gathered crowd. Mars' attack on Earth has begun.
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How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
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For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Mars Attacks can be found here.
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What happens to the characters?
A
The President is attacked by the martians in the presidential bunker. He gives an emotional speech about how Earth and Mars could work together. Seemingly moved by the speech, the Martian leader offers his hand in friendship. When President Dale accepts the leader's hand, it detaches and crawls to Dale's back and stabs him through his heart. He falls over dead, the blade that killed him extends into a martian flag.First Lady Marcia Dale (Glenn Close): As the secret service escort President Dale and Marcia to the bunker, a martian shoots a chandelier which lands on Marcia, killing her.Taffy Dale (Natalie Portman): Seeing as how there seems to be no semblance of Government left in the United States, Taffy, daughter of the President assumes the role of President and presents Richie and Grandma Norris with the Medal of Honor for figuring out how to kill the martians. She then asks Richie if he has a girlfriend, which he responds with a "No."General Decker: When the martians attack the Presidential Bunker, he walks right up to them and starts berating them and shooting at them (to no affect) so the Martian leader pulls out a special ray gun that shrinks Decker down to the size of a mouse, as Decker continues to shout at the martians, the leader squashes him with his boot.General Casey (Paul Winfield) is appointed by President Dale to be the person to greet the Martian Ambassador. When he does, everything seems to go smoothly and the Martians announce that they come in peace. A hippie releases a dove and the Martian Ambassador shoots it and then turns and shoots Casey. He is the first human to be killed in the film.Professor Donald Kessler is abducted by the martians and completely dismembered, but somehow his head is kept alive and fully functional. He finally dies at the end when the mothership he was on crashes. Shortly after he confessed his love to Nathalie.Nathalie Lake (Sarah Jessica Parker): Abducted by aliens and taken onto the mothership along with Donald Kessler. The martians put her head onto her chiuahuah's body and vice-versa. While aboard she forms a strong bond with Kessler until they are both killed when the mothership crashes.Richie Norris (Lukas Haas) discovers how to kill the aliens by playing Slim Whitman music. He drives around with the music blasting and then broadcasts it over the radio helping to end the martian invasion. He survives and is awarded a medal by Taffy Dale and is implied that they start dating.Grandma Norris (Sylvia Sidney) survives and is awarded the Medal of Honor for helping to stop the Martian invasion.Billy Glenn Norris (Jack Black) heroically charges a group of martians in the first attack, he picks up an M14 but accidentally drops the magazine out. Then he surrenders and the martian blasts him anyways.Sue Ann Norris (O-Lan Jones) decides to make a stand against the martians in a trailer park, she is presumably killed when the Giant Martian suit picks up the trailer and another trailer and smashes them together.Richie's Dad (Joe Don Baker) also decides to make a stand in the trailer with Sue Ann and is killed along with her.Barbara Land (Annette Bening) escapes to the Tahoe caves and hides until the martian threat is over. Survives.Art Land (Jack Nicholson): Seemingly oblivious to the pending invasion, he proceeds to open his new Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas. While promoting the casino to his investors, the Martians destroy the casino with Art inside. He is crushed by a gigantic globe he had in the showroom as the building collapses.Byron Williams (Jim Brown) confronts a large group of martians lead by the Martian Ambassador in order to allow the other members of his group to escape. He gets into a boxing match with the Ambassador and kills him. Then all the other martians start attacking Byron and it is believed they killed him until the very end of the film we see him walking into his home to see his family.Louise Williams (Pam Grier) holes up in her house with her two sons. She survives.Cedric and Neville Williams (Ray J and Brandon Hammond) both grab a couple alien ray guns and help save the President. Then they go back home to protect their mother. They both survive the invasion.Rude Gambler (Danny DeVito) decides to separate from the group and go back to his hotel. He walks right into a martian who was rummaging in the neon sign graveyard. He tries to surrender to the martian, but the Martian decides to vaporize him instead.Press Secretary Jerry Ross (Martin Short): Obviously distracted by the Martian Girl's "assets" he invites her into a secret room in the white house where he hopes to fornicate with her. He attempts to get her gum out of her mouth with his finger, so martian girl bites it off. Jerry runs to a phone to call for help but the martian girl picks up a metal statuette and cracks Jerry over the back of the head. He falls down and his eyes are left open, strongly implying he was killed.Jason Stone (Michael J. Fox): During the Martian's first attack in the Nevada desert, he tries to save Nathalie after her news van was attacked. He finally reaches her just in time for him to get vaporized by a martian.Tom Jones (Tom Jones) hides in the Tahoe caves and survives the invasion.Mitch (Brian Haley) stays with the president in the bunker, he dives infront of the martian ray gun that was aiming for the president and is vaporized.Sharona (Christina Applegate): Apparently not too broken-up about her boyfriend Billy Glenn's death, she is seen having sex with a guy in a trailer, when she looks out the window, she sees two martians watching them. She and her partner are then presumably killed.Cindy the waitress (Janice Rivera) goes to the Tahoe caves with Tom Jones and Barbara. She survives.Martian Girl (Lisa Marie) attempts to assassinate President Dale but is shot by the secret service before she's able.
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Photos from cast
Christina Applegate