- Original title
- Running time
- 106 min.
- United States
Michael J. Fox,
Sarah Jessica Parker,
Joe Don Baker
Warner Bros / Tim Burton Productions
Sci-Fi. Comedy | Parody. Aliens. Black Comedy. Cult Movie
- Synopsis / Plot
- Director Tim Burton unleashes MARS ATTACKS!, a vicious, affectionate, brightly-colored homage to 1950s alien invasion movies. When a shiny silver flying saucer lands in the Nevada desert, a group of skull-faced Martians exit the gleaming craft. Although they claim to be peaceful, they promptly "vaporize" a gathering of unfortunate Earthlings, kicking off a bizarre high-tech war with wild special effects. This studiously campy sci-fi spoof, based on a series of Topps bubble-gum cards, gleefully parodies not only schlock B-horror movies, but also overblown blockbusters such as INDEPENDENCE DAY. This subversive film is helped along by an all-star cast including Jack Nicholson in dual roles as both a clueless U.S. President (with First Lady Glenn Close) and a Las Vegas sleazebag.
: Satellite Awards: 4 Nominations including Best Actor Comedu (Jack Nicholson)
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