Mars Attacks!

Mars Attacks!

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Director: Tim Burton

Cast: Glenn Close, Annette Bening

     
 

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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 StillSee more details below

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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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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Pete Segall
Tim Burton's tribute to the alien invasion flicks of the '50s is so stubbornly zany that it's hard not to like. Burton is a director with an undying penchant for glorifying the kooky, and in Mars Attacks! he constructs what is basically an epic Saturday morning cartoon -- with more cartoonish violence than Tom or Jerry ever dreamed possible. Gibberish-speaking Martians with abnormally large heads arrive in big saucers and, without motive, bring on the destruction of Earth by vaporizing all of Congress (though, in true Burton spirit, one character's first reaction is to laugh and almost cheer). The disparate cast includes every talent imaginable -- from Pam Grier to Pierce Brosnan to Jack Nicholson in a double role as U.S. President and a gaudy casino developer -- and each member plays the big joke so impeccably straight that one might ask whether Burton is lovingly honoring or outrageously mocking the genre. The answer is probably a little bit of both, but even if it isn't, the outcome is irresistibly fun.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Tim Burton's Mars Attacks!, like Barry Levinson's Toys, is a misguided but extremely personal vision. From the opening images of a herd of cows on fire running through a spacious Western landscape (much to the disbelief of stoic local residents), there is never a doubt that the viewer is in the world of Burton's playful imagination. While the film has many good visual jokes, the characters are nothing but caricatures that fail to get any laughs. Pierce Brosnan plays the stiff scientist, forever smoking a pipe. The pipe is as far as the satire has been thought out. The film is based on a series of collectible cards issued by the Topps Company in the 1950s, and the film feels about as thin as one of those cards. Despite some funny gags, the film does not have enough visual wonder to make the viewer ignore the underdeveloped elements that aimed to spoof sci-fi disaster films. Mars Attacks!'s lack of success is due to a personal vision that the director has failed to develop. Since most flawed movies (especially comedies) are terrible precisely because they have been homogenized to reach the lowest common denominator, Mars Attacks!'s individuality makes it an honest failure worth seeing once.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2008
UPC:
0883929039999
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Time:
1:46:00
Sales rank:
2,709

Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Includes two theatrical trailers; Languages & Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Tom Jones Himself
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
Christina Applegate Sharona
Joe Don Baker Glenn Norris
Jack Black Billy Glenn Norris
Brandon Hammond Neville
O-Lan Jones Sue Ann Norris
Janice Riveria Cindy
Ray J Cedric
Brian Haley Mitch
Jerzy Skolimowski Dr. Zeigler
Timi Prulhiere Tour Guide
Barbet Schroeder French President
Rebecca Broussard Prostitute

Technical Credits
Tim Burton Director,Producer
Colleen Atwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Matthew Barry Casting
Richard G. Berger Set Decoration/Design
Paul Deason Associate Producer
John Dexter Art Director
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Larry Franco Producer
Jonathan Gems Original Story,Screenwriter
Nancy Haigh Set Decoration/Design
Chris Lebenzon Editor
Tom Mack Asst. Director
Dennis Maitland Sound/Sound Designer
Jean McCarthy Casting
Mark S. Miller Associate Producer
Jim Mitchell Special Effects Supervisor
Peter Suschitzky Cinematographer
Randy Thom Set Decoration/Design
Wynn P. Thomas Production Designer
Victoria Thomas Casting

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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Mars Attacks
1. Not Your Everyday Barbecue [1:24]
2. Swarming Credits [2:36]
3. A Warm and Neighborly Decision [2:39]
4. Working Las Vegas [2:38]
5. Intelligent Life Out There [3:20]
6. Martian Detail; Roundups [4:51]
7. We Interrupt This Broadcast [3:30]
8. The Meaning of it all [3:03]
9. Always the Best One [2:36]
10. A Basic Question [:51]
11. Back Home with Muffy and Slim [1:26]
12. The Welcome Mat in Nevada [6:24]
13. From Dove to Devastation [7:59]
14. "Let's Not Be Too Rash" [1:47]
15. Souvenirs of Earth [1:24]
16. Gonna Need a Place to Stay [1:14]
17. Surgical Procedures [3:51]
18. "They Blew Up Congress!" [3:39]
19. Presidential Priorities [2:22]
20. Hopes for a Real Outcome [:44]
21. A Fine Romance [1:14]
22. Jerry's Late-Night Guest [4:46]
23. Wakeup Call with a Death Ray [2:56]
24. Death by Chandelier [3:30]
25. Whoa! Art's Pitch in Shambles [1:34]
26. Crashing Tom Jones' Act [2:49]
27. Las Vegas and Lawrenceville Under Seige [2:19]
28. Nuclear High [1:53]
29. Bowled Over [1:21]
30. Trailer Trash and an Overcooked Lawyer [2:37]
31. Grandma Norris has the Answer [1:48]
32. Gen Decker Underfoot [1:44]
33. Just Getting Along with the President [3:07]
34. A Whitman Sampler [:32]
35. Byron's Last Stand [3:08]
36. A Slimy Rout [1:58]
37. The World's New Start [4:05]
38. End Credits [5:45]
Disc #1, Side B -- Mars Attacks
1. Not Your Everyday Barbecue [1:24]
2. Swarming Credits [2:36]
3. A Warm and Neighborly Decision [2:39]
4. Working Las Vegas [2:38]
5. Intelligent Life Out There [3:20]
6. Martian Detail; Roundups [4:51]
7. We Interrupt This Broadcast [3:30]
8. The Meaning of it all [3:03]
9. Always the Best One [2:36]
10. A Basic Question [:51]
11. Back Home With Muffy and Slim [1:26]
12. The Welcome Mat in Nevada [6:24]
13. From Dove to Devastation [7:59]
14. "Let's Not Be Too Rash" [1:47]
15. Souvenirs of Earth [1:24]
16. Gonna Need a Place to Stay [1:14]
17. Surgical Procedures [3:51]
18. "They Blew Up Congress!" [3:39]
19. Presidential Priorities [2:22]
20. Hopes for a Real Outcome [:44]
21. A Fine Romance [1:14]
22. Jerry's Late-Night Guest [4:46]
23. Wakeup Call with A Death Ray [2:56]
24. Death by Chandelier [3:30]
25. Whoa! Art's Pitch in Shambles [1:34]
26. Crashing Tom Jones' Act [2:49]
27. Las Vegas and Lawrenceville Under Seige [2:19]
28. Nuclear High [1:53]
29. Bowled Over [1:21]
30. Trailer Trash and An Overlooked Laywer [2:37]
31. Grandma Norris Has the Answer [1:48]
32. Gen Decker Underfoot [1:44]
33. Just Getting Along with the President [3:07]
34. A Whitman Sampler [:32]
35. Byron's Last Stand [3:08]
36. A Slimy Rout [1:58]
37. The World's New Start [4:05]
38. End Credits [5:45]

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