Mars Attacks! is a 1996 American science fiction-comedy film directed by Tim Burton and written by Jonathan Gems. Based also on the cult trading card series of the same name, the film was also inspired in part by a parody bit that Howard Stern did in the 1980s on WNBC, in which the premise involved Martians attacking and the discovery that the only way to kill them was to play Slim Whitman songs to make their heads explode. The film features Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Sarah Jessica Parker, Martin Short, Natalie Portman, Rod Steiger, Michael J. Fox, and Christina Applegate, in a parody of science fiction B movies, with elements of black comedy and political satire.
Cedric Williams: What are you guys gawking at? Get that president outta here!
Marsian Ambassador: Ack! Ack! Ack!
President Dale: What do you think, Marcia?
First Lady: Kick the crap out of 'em.
|Release Date||12 December 1996|
|US Box Office||$38,000,000|
|Tagline||Nice planet. We'll take it!|
|Genre||Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller|
|Filming Locations||Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina|
|Sound Mix||DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS|
|Film Class||Sci-Fi Comedy, Parody/Spoof, Alien Film, Ensemble Film|
|Mood||Fantastic Reality, Just for Laughs|
|Themes||Evil Aliens, End of the World, Heads of State|
|Tones||Campy, Goofy, Silly, Satirical, Whimsical, Fanciful|