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Mars Attacks! (1996)
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Mars Attacks! (1996) President James Dale of the United States and his right-hand man, Jerry Ross discover that an army of Martian UFOs are hovering around the Earth, and everyone has a different response. Some, like Texan alcohol dealer Art Land and slimy nesman Jason Black, just want to make a profit out of it. Others, such as TV hostess Nathalie Lake, Land's spiritualist wife Barbara, and the Southern-like Norris family, are excited, and some, like Dale's wife, Marsha, and daughter, Taffy, don't care. Richie Norris is extremely intelligent but is only respected by his insane grandmother, while his older brother Billy is favored for joining the army. General Decker doesn't trust the Martians and insist they fight, but General Casey is more optimistic. The Martians appear to come in peace but suddenly begin to use their super-powerful and technologically advanced weapons to wipe out the population and great structures. Soon, they attack Las Vegas, where the Norrises are living, where former heavyweight champion Byron Williams is visiting, where an obnoxious lawyer is gambling, and where Tom Jones is performing in concerts.

Movie Tagline:
Nice planet. We'll take it!

Title: Mars Attacks!
Release Date: December 12, 1996
Runtime: 106 mins
Genre: Action
All Genres: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Languages: English, French
Country: USA
Colors: Color
Sound: DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
IMDB Rating: 6.3
Buried.com Rating: 7.3 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With M

MPAA Rating: PG-13

MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi fantasy violence and brief sexuality.

Tim Burton

Jack Nicholson ...President James Dale / Art Land
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 ...Himself
Jim Brown ...Byron Williams
Lukas Haas ...Richie Norris
Natalie Portman ...Taffy Dale
Pam Grier ...Louise Williams
Lisa Marie ...Martian Girl
Brian Haley ...Mitch, Secret Service Agent
Sylvia Sidney ...Grandma Florence Norris
Jack Black ...Billy Glenn Norris
Ray J ...Cedric Williams
Paul Winfield ...General Casey
Brandon Hammond ...Neville Williams
Jerzy Skolimowski ...Dr. Zeigler
Janice Rivera ...Cindy, Byron's Co-Worker
Rance Howard ...Texan Investor
Richard Assad ...Saudi Investor
O Lan Jones ...Sue Ann Norris
Christina Applegate ...Sharona
Joe Don Baker ...Richie's Dad
Timi Prulhiere ...White House Tour Guide
Barbet Schroeder ...Maurice, the French President

» [more cast members]

Tim Burton
Paul Deason
Larry J. Franco
Mark S. Miller
Mary Ann Marino
Laurie Parker

Len Brown
Woody Gelman
Wally Wood
Bob Powell
Norman Saunders
Jonathan Gems
Jonathan Gems

Danny Elfman

Movie Soundtrack(s):
"Escape (The Piņa Colada Song)"
"Indian Love Call"
"Champagne Fanfare"
"Stayin' Alive"
"I'm Casting My Lasso Towards The Sky"
"It's Not Unusual"

More Movie Taglines:
  • Nice planet. We'll take it!
  • YIKES! They've Landed!
Movie Quote(s):
  • President Dale: Why can't we work out our differences? Why can't we work things out? Little people, why can't we all just get along?
  • Richie Norris: I want to thank my Grandma for always being so good to me, and, and for helping save the world and everything.
  • [Watching an alien on TV] First Lady: [after seeing the Martians for the first time] I'm not allowing that thing in my house. President Dale: Sweetie, we may have to. The people expect me to meet with them. First Lady: Well they're not going to eat off the Van Buren china.
  • Art Land: I'm not a crook, I'm ambitious. There's a difference.
  • Richie Norris: Wow, he just made the international sign of the doughnut.
Movie 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.
  • The Martian Girl dress had no zipper or buttons (to make it as smooth as possible), so Lisa Marie had to be sewn into it every day.
  • Martian Girl (Lisa Marie) never blinks.
  • Director Trademark: [Tim Burton] [dogs] The First Family's dog is vaporized by the Martians.
  • The scene where characters are wandering through a collection of old neon signs was filmed at the "Neon Boneyard", located on property maintained by the Neon Museum, a non-profit organization in Las Vegas. Many of the signs in the collection were donated by the Young Electric Sign Company (which constructed many of the casino signs and were originally salvaged for parts), and are slated for restoration and incorporation into outdoor exhibits. The "Boneyard" has been used in a number of film and TV projects, and is open for tours by appointment only.
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