• Mars Attacks! (1996)

Mars Attacks!

Release Date: December 13th, 1996

DVD Release Date: June 18th, 1997

PG-13 |1 hr 43 min

Plot Summary

A fleet of Martian spacecraft surrounds the world's major cities and all of humanity waits to see if the extraterrestrial visitors have, as they claim, "come in peace." U.S. President James Dale (Jack Nicholson) receives assurance from science professor Donald Kessler (Pierce Brosnan) that the Martians' mission is a friendly one. But when a peaceful exchange ends in the total annihilation of the U.S. Congress, military men call for a full-scale nuclear retaliation.

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox

Director: Tim Burton

Genres: Comedy

Production Co: Warner Brothers

Keywords: 1990s, Escape, Playful, Creative, Revenge, Transformation, New York City, Love

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Mars Attacks! has the look and feel of a schlocky 1950s science-fiction movie, and if it's not as bad as a Wood film, that's not a plus: A movie like this should be a lot better, or a lot worse. show more

  • 50
    David SterrittChristian Science Monitor

    The result can be viewed as an uproarious satire of science fiction in the "Independence Day" mold, or as a rehash of "Gremlins" without the novelty of the original. show more

  • 75
    Rick GroenThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    A flashy nineties flick with a campy fifties feel -- it's playful, naive, clever, silly, often inventive, occasionally uneven and, compared to studio offerings to date, the best present under this year's cinematic tree. show more

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