A Guide to Apocalyptic Cinema

By Charles P. Mitchell | Go to book overview

Mars Attacks! (1996)

Rating: ***** Threat: Alien invaders

Warner Brothers. Written by Jonathan Gems based on a storyline developed by the Topps Company; Photographed by Peter Suschitzky; Special effects by James Mitchell, Michael L. Fink & David Andrews (supervisors); Edited by Chris Lebenzon; Music by Danny Elfman; Produced by Tim Burton & Larry Franco; Directed by Tim Burton. 106 minutes.


ANNOTATED CAST LIST

Jack Nicholson (James Dale, U.S. president; Art Land, Las Vegas casino developer); Glenn Close (Marsha Dale, first lady); Natalie Portman (Taffy Dale, their daughter); Annette Bening (Barbara Land, Art's wife); Pierce Brosnan (Dr. Donald Kessler, President Dale's science advisor); Martin Short (President Dale's press secretary); Rod Steiger (Gen. Decker, President Dale's military advisor); Paul Winfield (Gen. Casey, head of U.S. armed forces); Michael J. Fox (Jason Stone, GNN News anchor); Sarah Jessica Parker (Nathalie Lake, Jason's wife and talk show hostess); Lisa Marie (Martian disguised as pretty woman); Tom Jones (Tom Jones, casino headliner); Jim Brown (Byron Williams, former heavyweight champ and Luxor casino host); Pam Grier (Louise Williams, Byron's estranged wife and bus driver); Ray J (Cedric Williams, their son); Brandon Hammond (Neville Williams, their second son); Janice Rivera (Cindy, Casino hostess); Danny DeVito (pushy gambler); Lukas Haas (Richie Norris, Donut World employee); Joe Don Baker (Glenn Norris, Richie's father); O-Lan Jones (Sue Ann Norris, Richie's mother); Sylvia Sidney (Florence Norris, Richie's grandmother); Jack Black (Billy Glenn Norris, Richie's brother); Christina Applegate (Sharona, Billy Glenn's girlfriend); Barbet Schroeder (Maurice, president of France); Jerzy Skolimowski (Dr. Ziegler, inventor of universal translator); Brian Haley (Mitch, Secret Service agent); Timi Prulhiere (White House tour guide); Joseph Maher (White House decorator): Julian Barnes (White House waiter); Ken Thomas (White House photographer); John Finnegan (Chet Brickmore, Speaker of the House); Coco Leigh (press conference journalist); Josh Weinstein (hippie with dove); Steve Valentine (Ian, Nathalie's TV director); Vinny Argiro (casino manager); Rebeca Silva (Donut World employee); Chi Hoang Cai (Mr. Lee, Kentucky rancher); Tommy Bush (farmer on tractor); Jeffrey King (NASA technician); Ranee Howard (Texan investor); Richard Assad (Sheik Ramullah, Saudi investor); Valetta Carlson (elderly slots player); Kevin Mangin (trailer lover); Jonathan Emerson (newscaster); Willie Garson (corporate man); Gregg Daniel (lab technician); J. Kenneth Campbell, Jeanne Mori (alien autopsy doctors); Ed Lambert, John Gray (old men in nursing home); C. Wayne Owens, Joseph Patrick Moynihan (strangers); Enrique Castillo, Don Lamoth, Roger Peterson (the colonels in

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