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Mars Attacks! (December 13, 1996)

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BRIEF PLOT DESCRIPTION

A parody of classic 50’s science-fiction films, this movie follows the events that occur on the planet Earth, when seemingly friendly Martians try to take over the planet.

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GENERAL FILM INFORMATION

SOURCE MATERIAL: Trading Card series by Len Brown, Woody Gelman, Wally Wood, Bob Powell, Norm Saunders
GENRE: Science Fiction Parody
TAGLINES:

  • Nice planet. We’ll take it!
  • YIKES! They’ve landed!

SETTING: Earth; Milky Way Galaxy
FILMING LOCATIONS:

  • Buenos Aires, Federal District; Argentina
  • Stadskananl; Netherlands
  • Kingman, Arizona; USA
  • Washington, D.C.; USA
  • Burns, Kansas; USA
  • Lawrence Douglas County, Kansas; USA
  • Wichita, Sepgwick County, Kansas; USA
  • Las Vegas, Nevada; USA

U.S. RELEASE DATE: December 13, 1996
RUNNING TIME: 106 minutes; 1 hour 46 minutes
RATING: PG-13
BUDGET: $70 million
OPENING WEEKEND GROSS: $9,384,275 on 1955 screens
TOTAL GROSS USA: $37,771,017
TOTAL GROSS OUTSIDE OF USA: $61.7 million

CREW AND OTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION

WRITER: Jonathan Gems
DIRECTOR: Tim Burton
PRODUCER: Tim Burton, Larry Franco
EDITOR: Chris Lebenzon
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Peter Suschitzky
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Wynn Thomas, John Dexter, Nancy Haigh
ORIGINAL MUSIC BY: Danny Elfman
SPECIAL EFFECTS BY:

  • Acme Models
  • Effects Associates LTD.
  • Industrial Light & Magic
  • The Computer Film Company
  • Warner Digital Studios

COSTUME DESIGNER: Colleen Atwood
MAKE-UP BY FOR JACK NICHOLSON: Ve Neill
MAKE-UP BY FOR PIERCE BROSNAN AND MICHAEL J. FOX : Bron Roylance
SPECIAL MAKE-UP EFFECTS BY: Brian Penikas (Prosthetics)
PRODUCTION COMPANY: Warner Brothers
DISTRIBUTOR: Warner Brothers
ASPECT RATIO: 2:35:1

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CAST :: CHARACTER NAME…ACTOR NAME

President Dale and Art Land…Jack Nicholson
Marsha Dale…Glenn Close
Donald Kessler…Pierce Brosnan
Barbara Land…Annette Bening
Byron Williams…Jim Brown
Richie Norris…Lukas Haas
Tom Jones…Himself
General Decker…Rod Steiger
Taffy Dale…Natalie Portman
Press Secretary Jerry Ross…Martin Short
Nathalie Lake…Sarah Jessica Parker
Jason Stone…Michael J. Fox
Grandma Florence Norris…Sylvia Sidney
Louise Williams…Pam Grier
Secret Service Agent Man Mitch…Brian Haley
Billy Glenn Norris…Jack Black
Cedrick Williams…Ray J
General Casey…Paul Winfield
Neville Williams…Brandon Hammond
Dr. Zeigler…Jerzy Skolimowski
Rude Gambler…Danny DeVito
Martian Girl…Lisa Marie
Cindy…Janice Rivera
Texan Investor…Rance Howard
Saudi Investor…Richard Assad
Sue Ann Norris…O-Lan Jones
Shanrona…Christina Applegate
Richie Norris’ Dad…Joe Don Baker
White House Tour Guide…Timi Prulhiere
French President…Barbet Schroeder
Mr. Lee…Chi Hoang Cai
Hillbilly…Tommy Bush
White House Decorator…Joseph Maher
Nuns…Gloria M. Malgarini, Betty Bunch, Gloria Hoffman
Corporate Guy…Willie Garson
GNN Boss…John Roselius
GNN Reporters…Michael Reilly Burke, Valerie Wildman, Richard Irving
Mr. Brian, Casino Manager…Vinny Argiro
Newscaster…Jonathan Emerson
Hookers…Tamara ‘Gingir’ Curry, Rebecca Broussard
T.V. Director…Steve Valentine
Female Journalist…Coco Leigh
Second Colonel…Don Lamoth
NASA Technician…Jeffrey King
Hispanic Colonel…Enrique Castillo
Strangers…C. Wayne Owens, Joseph Patrick Moynihan
Colonel…Roger Peterson
Speaker of the House…John Finnegan
Morose Old Guy…Ed Lambert
Incredibly Old Guy…John White
Lab Technician…Gregg Daniel
Doctors…J. Kenneth Campbell, Jeanne Mori
Elderly Slots Woman…Velletta Carlson
Trailer Lover…Kevin Mangan
Hispanic Woman…Rebeca Silva
Hippie…Josh Weinstein
White House Waiter…Julian Barnes
White House Photographer…Ken Thomas
Tom Jones’ Back Up Singers…Darelle Porter Holden, Christi Black, Sharon Hendrix
Martian Vocal Effecst…Frank Welker (voice)
Translator Device…Roger L. Jackson (voice) (uncredited)
Tank Gunner…Walt G. Ludwig (uncredited)
Cleopatra Cocktail Waitress…Alexandra Smothers (uncredited)
Gambler…Jay So (uncredited)
Stunt Co-ordinator…Joe Dunne
Stunts…Greg Anderson (uncredited), Perry Barndt, Stanton Barrett, Daniel W. Barrigner, Joey Box, George Cheung, Phil Chong, Mark Donaldson, Richard Duran, Corey Eubanks, George Fisher, Tanner Gill, Gary Guercio, Sherry Ham-Bernard, Dick Hancock, Steven Ito, Jesse Johnson, Ryan Keating, Hannah Kozak, Julius LeFlore, John Moio, Bennie E. Moore, Sean B. Murphy, Jimmy Ortega, Jim Palmer, Victor Paul, Tricia Peters, Dan Plum, Darrin Prescott, George Robotham, Thomas Roseales Jr., George Marshall Ruge, Lynn Salvatori, Dennis R. Scott, Lincoln Simonds, Erik Stabenau, Mark Stefanich, Jim Stephan, Neil Sumners, Chris Thomas-Palomino, Clark Tucker, George P. Wilbur, Brian J. Williams & Danny Wong

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SOUNDTRACK LISTING :: SONG TITLE…COMPOSER/LYRICIST…PERFORMER

Escape (The Pina Colada Song)…Rupert Holmes…Rupert Holmes
Headstrong…E. Antwi, Filo Elisabeth..Troy-Antwi
Indian Love Call…Otto A. Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II, Rudolf Frimi…Slim Whitman
Champagne Fanfare…George Cates…Unknown
Stayin’ Alive…Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb…The Bee Gees
I’m Casting My Lasso Towards the Sky…Jimmy Wakely and Lee ‘Lasses’ White…Slim Whitman
It’s Not Unusual…Gordon Mills, Les Reed…Tom Jones

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AWARDS AND HONORS

Academy of Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Films (Saturn Awards), 1997

NOMINEE: Danny Elfman
CATEGORY: Best Musical Score
RESULT: WonGolden Satellite Awards, 1997

NOMINEE: Mars Attacks!
CATEGORY: Best Motion Picture: Animated or Mixed Media
RESULT: NominatedNOMINEE: Jack Nicholson

CATEGORY: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture: Comedy or Musical
RESULT: Nominated

NOMINEE: Danny Elfman
CATEGORY: Outstanding Musical Score
RESULT: Nominated

NOMINEE: David Andrews, Michael L. Fink & Jim Mitchell
CATEGORY: Outstanding Visual Effects
RESULT: Nominated

Hugo Awards, 1997

NOMINEE: Mars Attacks!
CATEGORY: Best Dramatic Presentation
RESULT: Nominated

MTV Movie Awards, 1997

NOMINEE:Jim Brown vs. The Martians
CATEGORY: Best Fight
RESULT: Nominated

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EXTRAS

Trivia

Warren Beatty was originally cast as President Dale.

The Martian Girl outfit worn by Lisa Marie had no zippers or buttons to make it appear as smooth as possible. Therefore, Lisa Marie had to be stitched into the costume.

Tim Burton filmed a real demolition of a Las Vegas hotel and incorporated it into the film.

In the credits: No living animals were barbecued during the production of this film.

Quotes

Wow. He just made the international sign of the donut.–Richie

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