It is a normal day for everyone, until President of the United States James Dale (Jack Nicholson) announces Martians have been spotted circling Earth. The Martians land and a meeting is arranged, but not everything goes to plan, and the Martians seem to have other plans for Earth. Are they just misunderstood beings or do they really want to destroy all of humanity?Written by
During the attack in Pahrump, Nevada, none of the human soldiers fire their weapons. Only a few post-production muzzle flashes of turret mounted machine guns can be seen in the distance. None of the M-14s are fired. See more »
When Professor Donald Kessler and Jerry Ross enter the oval office to tell the President that the Martians have issued a formal apology, no ceiling is seen in the previous room (set). See more »
[after watching the Martians kill Congress on TV]
Why did they do that?
Hispanic woman at donut shop:
Maybe they no liking the human being.
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Special effects: No living animals were barbecued during the production of this film. See more »
A television ad had Marsha Dale saying (over the desicion of what to do about the Martians): "Kick the crud out of them!" which was an edit to what she said in the theatrical version: "Kick the crap out of them!" See more »
When I first saw this in the theater with my granddaughter, we both found to be pretty lame and disappointing, but not without some wit to it. Since then, it's been on the cable channels multiple times, and I always find myself watching it again. I really hate to admit it, but this thing has really grown on me - so much so that I finally bought the DVD.
When I first saw it, I wouldn't have given it more than a 4 out of 10, but after repeated viewings, I now give it a 9. I can't really say why, and I certainly can't justify it in any rational sense, but it all just works for me. The wry wit, the blatant social and political commentary, I find it all immensely satisfying.
My confession's over, I'll do my penance. But I have to also say that my granddaughter's opinion of it has never wavered. She considers this movie as evidence of my incipient senility...
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