Mars Attacks!Director: Tim Burton
This quirky science fiction comedy is a characteristic feature by iconoclastic director Tim Burton, known to moviegoers for Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. The storyline affectionately harkens back to the deadpan sincerity of such '50s and '60s science-fiction films as The Day the Earth Stood Still and War of the Worlds. Flying saucers have been reliably seen over the capitals of the world, and the whole world awaits with bated breath to see what will transpire. Among those waiting is the President of the United States (Jack Nicholson), who is assured by his science advisor (Pierce Brosnan) that the coming aliens are utterly peaceful. This advice is hotly contested by the military (led by Rod Steiger), who advices the President to annihilate them. When the aliens land, they are seen to be green, garish, and very cheerful. But appearances prove deceiving when the "friendly" aliens abruptly disintegrate the entire U.S. Congress. Hollywood notables appear in vast quantities in roles (and sub-plots) of all sizes in this zany feature.
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Cast & Crew
|Jack Nicholson||Art Land,President Dale|
|Glenn Close||Marsha Dale|
|Annette Bening||Barbara Land|
|Pierce Brosnan||Donald Kessler|
|Jim Brown||Byron Williams|
|Danny DeVito||Rude Gambler|
|Martin Short||Jerry Ross|
|Michael Fox||Jason Stone|
|Pam Grier||Louise Williams|
|Sarah Jessica Parker||Nathalie Lake|
|Natalie Portman||Taffy Dale|
|Sylvia Sidney||Grandma Norris|
|Rod Steiger||Gen. Decker|
|Paul Winfield||Gen. Casey|
|Lukas Haas||Richie Norris|
|Lisa Marie||Martian Girl|
|Joe Don Baker||Glenn Norris|
|Jack Black||Billy Glenn Norris|
|O-Lan Jones||Sue Ann Norris|
|Jerzy Skolimowski||Dr. Zeigler|
|Timi Prulhiere||Tour Guide|
|Barbet Schroeder||French President|
|Colleen Atwood||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Richard G. Berger||Set Decoration/Design|
|Paul Deason||Associate Producer|
|John Dexter||Art Director|
|Danny Elfman||Score Composer|
|Jonathan Gems||Original Story,Screenwriter|
|Nancy Haigh||Set Decoration/Design|
|Tom Mack||Asst. Director|
|Dennis Maitland||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Mark S. Miller||Associate Producer|
|Jim Mitchell||Special Effects Supervisor|
|Randy Thom||Set Decoration/Design|
|Wynn P. Thomas||Production Designer|
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I love this movie and watch it a couple of times per year. It's totally politically incorrect and that alone makes it worth watching. The casting is superb, and is an A-List of big time talent doing something fun. It's not to be taken seriously and I'm amazed that some of the acting talent could do some of the scenes without cracking up. If you're looking for a serious movie, this one is not it.
This movie is hillarious and freaky. Do not watch it at night. It gave me nightmares. It is about aliens who act as friends of the world but really aren't. They breathe nitrogen so they must chew a special gum or have a tank. This movie is great for everyone.
this movie will have you comming away from it making that martian noise to all yur friends!!! You have to watch it to understand
Like no other movie as you see each major role get slaughtered as opposed to the main characters always surviving. Well thought out action and just plain silly. A great movie to watch if you dont really want to pay attention, although, to pay attention really does the movie justice.
I am sorry but this show was not very good. I admit that the actors are great and there are some good lines in the movie (IE the aliens running around shooting people as they say they are there in peace) but the story tries too hard to be funny.
This movie was easily one of the worst films ever created, just goes to show that using big names doesn't really mean it will be a good film. Horrible movie.
They are so wonderfully bad - it's great. At first, you don't know if they come in peace. After a while, you learn that they really ARE trying to take over the world - and from then on - it's a blast. They are so loathsome - and Earth's counterweapon is so effective - it's fun to watch them get their come-uppance at the end of the flick.
It is so stupid, its funny. the counter alein wepon is really funny.
This is NOT a serious movie. As a matter of fact, it is completely un-serious, unllike the '50s movies it is a takeoff on. What it is, is completely hilarious. A different type of gag humor from Mel Brooks, more like comparing Monty Python to Woody Allen, but funny all the same. This is a movie that will make more money on TV reruns and DVD sales then it ever would at the movies, just because of what it is... entertainment. You'd watch this again and again, just to howl at some of the gags. I don't know about the actors, but I can imagine that something like this appeals to craft actors like Nicholson or Steiger to just let themselves go completely...
I thought it was funny, it just wasn't the greatest. I loved the action, the alien's costumes, how they looked, and especialy how they talked. I just didn't really enjoy the plot. It was okay, it wasn't horrible.
This is a movie you'll really want to see again and again. The plot is perfect. The theme is right. I LOVE THE MARTIANS! Lets just say I love 1950's scifi movies!(my dad I can thank for this). This is one movie you'll never want to let go of.
I thought this movie was hilarious! I loved every character and how each actor portrayed their character flawlessly. I admire Jack Nicholson the most who I thought did the best. The special effects were cheesy but that is what makes it funny. If you ask me, this movie is definitely worth watching.
In what would become one of Tim Burton's greatest achievements, Mars Attacks!, an action-packed lampoon of those alien invasion films from the 20th Century, showcases a timeless combination of action-packed thrills and slapstick comedy. Headed by an all-star cast including Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Pierce Brosnan, Annette Bening, Rod Stieger, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jim Brown, Danny DeVito, Tom Jones and Lukas Haas, Mars Attacks! gives you plenty of great laughs and pulsating action which makes it an instant success at the box office (it was more of a well-desrved hit outside North America) and a spellbinding classic. As one of the cinema's most striking and highly imaginable film directors of his generation, Tim Burton does a carefully fantastic job that satisfies the audiences as he turns the film into a time-honoured success. The film would still look spectacular on the big screen. So if you are interested in thrilling action and slapstick comedy that is out of this world, then I suggest you treat yourself to Mars Attacks!
Have a heart and enjoy this strange movie. It's so bad you can't help but like it. We need more comic relief movies like it. Simple and stupid.
I bought Mars Attacks because the previews looked good, only to find the movie not funny, disappointing, and somewhat gross. I stopped watching and threw it away before I even reached the end of the movie.