Featuring an all-star cast, the Earth is invaded by Martians with irresistible weapons and a cruel sense of humor in this cult classic spoof of 1950's sci-fi films, directed by Tim Burton.
In the film there are 2 aliens that are referred to as "Ben Der" and "Dun Dat" (been there, done that).
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They blew up Congress! Ha ha ha ha!
Tim Burton's Mars Attacks, released in the summer of 1996, is a big budget send up of B-movie alien invasion stories. It is based on a series of trading cards released by Topps in 1962 that depicted the Martians fighting US armed forces, destroying major landmarks and terrorizing Earth women.
The film features a sprawling, all-star cast headlined by Jack Nicholson in two roles, playing both President James Dale and casino owner Art Land. The narrative is spread across a number of families and Levels. We see the Martian invasion through the eyes of the President, the military, a former professional boxer, a middle-aged bus driver and mother, a family of trailer trash, an entertainment reporter and Tom Jones.
Much of the film is dedicated to the malevolent mischief of the alien invaders, who gleefully murder and destroy all they survey, setting a heard of cattle ablaze, bowling for stone heads on Easter Island and trying to knock the Washington Monument onto a group of Boy Scouts. The Martians fight with their fleet of flying saucers, giant robotic suits and rayguns that fire either red or green. On multiple occasions they feign an interest in peace in order to gain access to and kill humanity's leaders.
The film is deliberately ambiguous about the time period in which the action is set. The military fight with Korean and Vietnam era hardware, children are shown playing a light gun video game, the set designs for the President's war room and various labs are clearly reference Dr Strangelove (as does Rod Steiger's character, General Decker). The costumes also mostly recall the fashions of the 60s and 70s.