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MARS ATTACKS!

SYNOPSIS:
Inspired by the popular Topps trading card series, the film is a funky, spoofy alien invasion story, as the US citizens defend themselves against a Martian invasion of the earth. There is also love, grotesqueness and wholesale craziness at large.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
I wish the first half were funnier, faster and funkier, because this is the best of Burton in wired-up-and-go-for-broke mode in the second half. His casting is 80% of the value, but there are moments of genuine comedic genius here. Only moments, and strung together by bouts of labour…still, I’d recommend it as a Saturday afternoon joyride. The technical achievement, so essential to the suspension of cynicism and reality, is outstanding. A must for anyone involved in the digital world. (Isn’t that all of us?)

Review by Louise Keller:
Galactic hoards of fun, but slightly disappointing bubble-gum sci-fi flic. In the making, it probably sounded better than the final result, despite an out-of-this-world star-studded cast and many surprises. Great effects, and it is good to see the Martians portrayed somewhat as we recall them from childhood - as small green men, or variations thereof. Lots of laughs, and the more off-beat your sense of humour, the more you will get out of this latest Tim Burton offering.

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MARS ATTACKS (US)

CAST: Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Danny DeVito, Jim Brown, Pam Gier, Lukas Haas, Tom Jones, Sarah Jessica Parker, Natalie Portman.

DIRECTOR: Tim Burton

SCRIPT: Jonathan Gems (based on Mars Attacks by Topps)

PRODUCER: Tim Burton, Larry Franco

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Peter Suschitzky

EDITOR: Chris Lebenzon

MUSIC: Danny Elfman

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Wynn Thomas

RUNNING TIME: 103 mins

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: February 20 1997







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