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.


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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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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Overview: Cinematic Visions of the Apocalypse xi
  • A Guide to Apocalyptic Cinema: Fifty Films in Depth 1
  • The 27th Day (1957) 3
  • Armageddon (1998) 10
  • Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) 17
  • Crack in the World (1965) 22
  • The Dawn of the Dead (1978) 27
  • The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961) 33
  • The Day the Sky Exploded (1958/61) 40
  • Day the World Ended (1956) 44
  • Deep Impact (1998) 48
  • Deluge (1933) 54
  • Doomsday Machine (1967/72) 59
  • Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) 63
  • The End of the World (1930/34) 70
  • Five (1951) 74
  • Holocaust 2000 (1978) 78
  • The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945) 83
  • Kronos (1957) 88
  • The Last Man on Earth (1964) 93
  • The Last War (1961) 98
  • The Last Wave (1977) 103
  • The Last Woman on Earth (1960) 108
  • Lifeforce (1985) 112
  • The Lost Missile (1958) 117
  • The Magnetic Monster (1953) 122
  • The Man Who Could Work Miracles (1936) 127
  • Mars Attacks! (1996) 133
  • Meteor (1979) 139
  • Moonraker (1979) 145
  • The Night the World Exploded (1957) 152
  • Noah's Ark (1929) 157
  • No Blade of Grass (1970) 162
  • No Survivors Please (1964) 168
  • One Night Stand (1984) 172
  • On the Beach (1959) 177
  • Quiet Earth (1985) 184
  • Robot Monster (1953) 189
  • Runestone (1991) 194
  • The Satan Bug (1965) 199
  • The Seventh Sign (1988) 205
  • Solar Crisis (1990) 210
  • Star Trek—the Motion Picture (1978) 214
  • Target Earth (1953) 221
  • Them! (1954) 226
  • Virus (1980) 231
  • Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) 238
  • The War of the Worlds (1953) 243
  • When Worlds Collide (1951) 249
  • Where Have All the People Gone? (1974) 255
  • The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959) 259
  • Zarkorr the Invader (1996) 265
  • Appendices 269
  • Appendix A 271
  • Appendix B 279
  • Appendix C 283
  • Index 285
  • About the Author 311
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