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Red Planet (2000)

Astronauts, and their robotic dog AMEE (Autonomous Mapping Evaluation and Evasion), search for solutions to save a dying Earth by searching on Mars, only to have the mission go terribly awry.

Director:

Antony Hoffman

Writers:

Chuck Pfarrer (story), Chuck Pfarrer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Val Kilmer ... Gallagher
Carrie-Anne Moss ... Bowman
Tom Sizemore ... Burchenal
Benjamin Bratt ... Santen
Simon Baker ... Pettengil
Terence Stamp ... Chantilas
Jessica Morton Jessica Morton ... Website Fan
Caroline Bossi Caroline Bossi ... Website Fan
Bob Neill Bob Neill ... Voice of Houston (voice)
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Storyline

In the near future, Earth is dying. A new colony on Mars could be humanity's only hope. A team of American astronauts, each a specialist in a different field, is making the first manned expedition to the red planet and must struggle to overcome the differences in their personalities, backgrounds and ideologies for the overall good of the mission. When their equipment suffers life-threatening damage and the crew must depend on one another for survival on the hostile surface of Mars, their doubts, fears and questions about God, man's destiny and the nature of the universe become defining elements in their fates. In this alien environment they must come face to face with their most human selves. Written by Anonymous

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Not A Sound. Not A Warning. Not A Chance. Not Alone. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence, brief nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mars See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,721,296, 12 November 2000

Gross USA:

$17,480,890

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$33,463,969
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Only Santen's first name is mentioned in the film. All the rest are to be found in the DVD extras. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 18 mins) After Gallagher retrieves the radio from Pettengill, he tries calling Bowman with no result. He says Mars 1 may still be on the night side of Mars. It is clearly night, so Mars 1 should be in range. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Commander Kate Bowman: [narration] By the year 2000 we had begun to over populate, pollute, and poison our planet faster than we could clean it up. We ignored the problem for as long as we could. But we were kidding ourselves. By 2025, we knew we were in trouble. And began to desperately search for a new home - Mars.
Commander Kate Bowman: For the last 20 years we've been sending unmanned probes with algae, bio-engineered to grow there and produce oxygen. We're going to build ourselves an atmosphere we can breathe. And for 20 ...
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Crazy Credits

In the credits, Pettengill is spelled Pettengil (one "l"). See more »

Connections

References Apollo 13 (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

A Thousand Years
Written by Sting and Kipper
Published by Magnetic Publishing Ltd.
Administered by EMI Blackwood Music, Inc./Diverse Music Ltd.
Administered by BMG Songs, Inc.
Performed by Sting
Courtesy of A&M Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Annoying, talkative computers rule the world!
9 July 2002 | by RebrandSoftwareSee all my reviews

You've most likely read lots of negative reviews by now, and for the most part I agree with them.

I have seen some attempts to put a positive spin on this film by declaring it "accurate science fiction". Could this be an attempt to justify money spent on a spectacularly bad film? I think so.

Luckily, my version was taped from HBO. So I don't feel too bad about sitting through over an hour of computer voices that never shut up and sound like early macintosh text-to-speech programs. Even after wishing and hoping and praying and crossing my fingers, the computer voices never said "In an effort to save you time, which is the main purpose of computers, please append the phrase 'is malfunctioning' to each of the following: the ship, the artificial gravity, the oxygen system, the blacklight system, oh to hell with it... commencing poorly orchestrated rock music soundtrack sequence."

That's right! The blacklight system! It's a good thing the blacklight system was put on board, otherwise all those flashy neon colors would have never showed up on film properly.

I promise I'll stop nitpicking soon, but let me ask you this:

Let's say you're going to mars... Your main purpose on mars involves the atmosphere. You can only bring one of the following, which do you choose?

A) Some sort of instrument to analyze the atmosphere. B) A crazy robot attack dog. C) The one and only attractive female between here and earth.

I know what you're thinking, bring the attractive female! But alas, they leave her behind, and must have forgotten "A" as well, bringing only the crazy robot attack dog.

I will spare you further details. I suggest that instead of watching this movie you:

1) Wait for Rendezvous With Rama (Morgan Freeman, David Fincher, need I say more?) to come out sometime in the next few years.

2) Keep your science fiction craving mind busy until then by reading "Snow Crash" by Neal Stephenson, which absolutely blows recent sci-fi movies away.


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