Mars Attacks

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Mars Attacks is a 1996 American Comic science fiction film.It was directed by Tim Burton and written by Jonathan Gems.  The film is based on the cult trading cardseries of the same name, and stars Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, and Danny DeVito with supporting roles done by Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox, Rod Steiger, Tom Jones, Lukas Haas, Natalie Portman, Jim Brown, Lisa Marie Smith, andSylvia Sidney. The film is a parody of science fiction B movies with elements of black comedy and political satire.

Burton and Gems began development for Mars Attacks in 1993, and Warner Bros. purchased the film rights to the trading card series on Burton’s behalf. When Gems turned in his first draft in 1994, Warner Bros. commissioned rewrites from Gems, Burton, Martin Amis, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski in an attempt to lower the budget to $60 million. The final production budget came to $80 million, while Warner Bros. spent another $20 million on the Mars Attacks marketing campaign. Filming took place from February to November 1996. The soundtrack became famous for the Martians’ quirky speech pattern, which was created by reversing the sound of a duck’s quack.

In the movie, when Martians surround Earth with an armada of flying saucers, President James “Jimmy” Dale addresses America concerning the historic event. People around the country follow the story which includes  news anchors in New York, employees and guests at the Luxor Las Vegas hotel in Nevada and the Norris family in fictional Perkinsville, Kansas. The President’s science aides set up a first contact meeting with the Martians inPahrump, Nevada.

Mars AttacksCast

  • Jack Nicholson as President James Dale, the President of the United States.
    • Jack Nicholson also portrays Art Land.
  • Glenn Close as First Lady Marsha Dale, the First Lady of the United States.
  • Annette Bening as Barbara Land
  • Lukas Haas as Richie Norris
  • Jim Brown as Byron Williams, a casino employee and a former boxer.
  • Pierce Brosnan as Donald Kessler, a professor who is taken by the Martians.
  • Sarah Jessica Parker as Natalie Lake
  • Martin Short as Jerry Ross, the White House Chief of Staff.
  • Danny DeVito as Rude Gambler
  • Pam Grier as Louise Williams
  • Natalie Portman as Taffy Dale, the First Daughter.
  • mars-attacks-12Rod Steiger as General Decker
  • Michael J. Fox as Jason Stone
  • Sylvia Sidney as Florence Norris
  • Jack Black as Billy-Glen Norris
  • Christina Applegate as Sharona
  • Tom Jones as Himself
  • Ray J as Cedric Williams
  • Brandon Hammond as Neville Williams
  • Joe Don Baker as Mr. Norris
  • O-Lan Jones as Sue-Ann Norris
  • Paul Winfield as General Casey
  • Lisa Marie Smith as Martian Girl
  • Brian Haley as Mitch
  • Jerzy Skolimowski as Dr. Zeigler
  • Barbet Schroeder as Maurice
  • Frank Welker as the voice of the Martians
  • Roger L. Jackson as the voice of Dr. Zeigler’s translator

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