Other mistake: When the general passes the clipboard to the President to sign the nuclear release, the clipboard is actually upside-down. (00:55:55)
President James Dale (Nicholson) of the United States and his right-hand man, Jerry Ross (Short) discover that an army of Martian UFOs are hovering around the Earth, and everyone has a different response. Some, like Texan alcohol dealer Art Land (Nicholson) and slimy newsman Jason Stone (Fox), just want to make a profit out of it. Others, such as TV hostess Nathalie Lake (Parker), Land's spiritualist wife Barbara (Bening), and the Southern-like Norris family, are excited, and some, like Dale's wife, Marsha (Close), and daughter, Taffy (Portman), don't care. Richie Norris (Haas)is extremely unintelligent but is only respected by his insane grandmother, while his older brother Billy (Black) is favored for joining the army. General Decker (Steiger) doesn't trust the Martians and insist they fight, but General Casey (Winfield) & Professor Kessler (Brosnan) are more optimistic. The Martians appear to come in peace but suddenly begin to use their super-powerful and technologically advanced weapons to wipe out the population and great structures. Will anybody find a way to stop them or will they all die in the war with these short, big-brained aliens?
Trivia: The U.S military was asked at first to supply things such as ships, planes, and soldiers for the movie, so it can be authentic in a military sense. The military did not cooperate, however, because it made it seem as though Slim Whitman (whose song "Indian Love Call" finally defeated the aliens) would be more effective at fighting alien invaders than the United States military.
Question: I heard this movie was a remake or a compilation of different themes used in 1950's mars B-movie remakes. What are some of the themes of the movies that this movie takes? Such as, In Mars Attacks they use the music to kill the aliens I believe is a rip from a 50's movie where they use sound waves to down martian spaceships. What movie was that?
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