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Invaders from Mars (1986)

PG | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 6 June 1986 (USA)
A boy tries to stop aliens who have taken over his town and are attempting to brainwash its inhabitants.

Director:

Tobe Hooper

Writers:

Richard Blake (based on a screenplay by), Dan O'Bannon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Black ... Linda Magnusson
Hunter Carson ... David Gardner
Timothy Bottoms ... George Gardner
Laraine Newman ... Ellen Gardner
James Karen ... Gen. Climet Wilson
Bud Cort ... Mark Weinstein
Louise Fletcher ... Mrs. McKeltch
Eric Pierpoint ... Sgt. Maj. Rinaldi
Christopher Allport ... Captain Curtis
Donald Hotton ... Old NASA Scientist
Kenneth Kimmins ... Officer Kenney
Charlie Dell ... Mr. Cross
Jimmy Hunt ... Police Chief
William Bassett ... NASA Scientist
Virginya Keehne ... Heather (as Virginia Keehne)
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Storyline

In this remake of the classic 50s SF tale, a boy tries to stop an invasion of his town by aliens who take over the the minds of his parents, his least-liked schoolteacher and other townspeople. With the aid of the school nurse the boy enlists the aid of the U.S. Marines. Written by Keith Loh <loh@sfu.ca>

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There's no place on Earth to hide! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Invaders from Mars See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,046,576, 8 June 1986

Gross USA:

$4,884,663

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,884,663
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Cannon Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (TVC)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The framed portrait behind Brigadier General Wilson's (James Karen) desk is of Lt Gen 'Chesty' Puller, the most highly-decorated Marine of all time. See more »

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When the son and father leave for the school bus the shadow of the cameraman is on them. See more »

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David Gardner: These things! They're huge, ugly, slimy, giant Mr. Potato Heads!
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema version was cut by 1 minute for a PG rating with edits to shots of neck drillings, fire spurts from pellets emerging from neck wounds, and shots of a woman's shuddering leg as she is eaten by a Martian. The 1987 Rank video featured the same cut print. See more »

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Revenge of the 80's: The remake.
15 October 2004 | by Captain_CouthSee all my reviews

Invaders from Mars (1986) was a remake of the 1950's science fiction classic. Tobe Hooper slightly reinvents the original and updates the storyline. The story revolves around a strange alien craft that lands in a field. A young boy spots the craft but no ones listens to him or takes him seriously. Soon everyone around him begins to act very cold and strange. What can be the cause of this? Maybe the strange spaceship that landed in the abandoned field is causing this? Well it was the 80's.

Tobe Hooper made a very surreal and cool film. The special effects are excellent and the direction is on par. The acting is somewhat uneven. But the dialog and photography makes up for it. I enjoyed this movie when I was in junior high school and I still enjoy it to this very day. Another great film from Tobe Hooper.

Just don't take it too seriously. The movie is part homage and part remake of the original film and others like it that were made during the fifties.

Highly recommended.

Karen Black co-stars as the school nurse who believes the kid.


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