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|Jack Nicholson||President James Dale / Art Land|
|Glenn Close||First Lady Marsha Dale|
|Annette Bening||Barbara Land|
|Pierce Brosnan||Professor Donald Kessler|
|Danny DeVito||Rude Gambler|
|Martin Short||Press Secretary Jerry Ross|
|Sarah Jessica Parker||Nathalie Lake|
|Michael J. Fox||Jason Stone|
|Rod Steiger||General Decker|
|Natalie Portman||Taffy Dale|
|Lukas Haas||Richie Norris|
|Sylvia Sidney||Grandma Florence Norris|
|Lisa Marie||Martian Girl|
|Jim Brown||Byron Williams|
|Pam Grier||Louise Williams|
|Paul Winfield||General Casey|
|Jim Brown||Byron Williams|
|Joe Don Baker||Richie's Dad|
|Jack Black||Billy Glenn Norris|
|Jack Nicholson||President James Dale|
|Brian Haley||Mitch, Secret Service Agent|
|Jack Nicholson||Art Land|
|Jerzy Skolimowski||Dr. Zeigler|
|Brandon Hammond||Neville Williams|
|Ray J||Cedric Williams|
|Peter Suschitzky||Director of Photography|
|Larry J. Franco||Producer|
|Danny Elfman||Original Music Composer|
|Victor Herbert||Additional Soundtrack|
|Wynn Thomas||Production Design|
|John Dexter||Art Direction|
|Nancy Haigh||Set Decoration|
|Colleen Atwood||Costume Design|
|Jonathan Gems||Story Contributor|
"Nice planet. We'll take it!"
"Nice planet. We'll take it."
"YIKES! They've Landed!"
When Martians surround Earth with an armada of flying saucers, President James "Jimmy" Dale addresses America concerning the historic event. People around the country follow the story, including news anchors in New York, employees and guests at the Luxor Las Vegas hotel in Nevada and a trailer trash family in fictional Perkinsville, Kansas. The President's science aides set up a first contact meeting with the Martians in Pahrump, Nevada.Using a universal translator, the Martians announce they have "come in peace." However, when a hippie releases a dove as a symbol of peace, the Martians shoot it down and attack the army and gathered crowd. General Casey, Jason Stone, and Billy-Glenn are among those killed. Thinking that the reason for this is a "cultural misunderstanding," President Dale has Professor Donald Kessler continue negotiations with the Martians, whose ambassador is invited to address the United States Congress. At this meeting, the Martians massacre most of the members of Congress and retreat to their saucer. Kessler begs for the Martian ambassador to stop, but he is knocked out and taken aboard their ship.General Decker tries to convince President Dale to retaliate with nuclear warfare, but the president refuses. A Martian assassin, disguised as a beautiful woman, enters the White House and unsuccessfully attempts to assassinate Dale. After the unsuccessful attempt on his life, the Martians then begin a full-scale invasion, in which they destroy Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, the Taj Mahal, the Washington Monument, the Easter Island Moais, Mount Rushmore – replacing the stone president heads with Martian heads, and other locations.Meeting with the ambassador one more time to plead for peace, the ambassador goes to shake hands with President Dale but the ambassador's hand comes off and crawls on President Dale, and then stabs him to death. Meanwhile, Richie Norris, a Kansas teenager, discovers that the Martians heads explode when they hear Slim Whitman's "Indian Love Call". He and his grandmother drive around town, using the song to destroy the Martians. The military hears about the recording and broadcasts it around the globe and into space, killing most of the Martians and causing the few remaining survivors to flee Earth.Richie and his grandmother are later awarded the Medal of Honor by the only surviving member of the government, the President's teenage daughter, Taffy, at a ceremony including a Mariachi band playing The Star Spangled Banner on the steps of the ruined United States Capitol.