Mars Attacks!
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Release date(s):
December 13, 1996
Running time:
$100 million
Gross revenue:
$101.37 million

Mars Attacks! is a 1996 horror comedy B-film.


Martians take delight in taking over the Earth., and most weapons fail. However, the Martians overplay their hand as they do not anticipate an unlikely attack.





Christina Applegate as Sharona

Joe don baker as Richies dad

Additional Cast Edit

Trivia Edit

  • The film had been billed as a B-movie that starred many A-list actors. All the A-list actors were killed off in the film with the exception of Annette Bening.
  • The Martian firearms emitted either green or red rays, an inside joke to it being a Christmas film.
  • The Martians were entirely CGI. However, one actress played a live-action Martian; Lisa Marie. She was the prostitute disguise of the Martian assassin, and wore two wigs to make her hair look like a gigantic bouffant.
  • The film continues Burton's tradition of recycling cast members from previous films. Sylvia Sidney had been in Beetlejuice, Danny DeVito in Batman Returns, O-Lan Jones in Edward Scissorhands. It is one of the few Burton films where Johnny Depp did not appear. Jack Nicholson, who had starred in Batman, was approached by Tim Burton into working with him again on the basis that he could select any role he wanted. Nicholson jokingly remarked "All of them!" To somewhat oblige the joke, Burton agreed to give a dual role to Jack Nicholson, the sleazy Art Land and the upright President James Dale.

Reception Edit

The critical reaction to Mars Attacks! was mixed. Based on 63 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, 52% of the reviewers enjoyed the film, with an average score of 5.9/10. By comparison, Metacritic calculated an average score of 52/100 from 19 reviews.


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