In 2020, a group of astronauts headed by Luke Graham (Don Cheadle) set out to be the first humans on Mars. After they've landed, they investigate a strange noise near an unusual rock formation, and an unpredicted storm conjures up a living tunnel of sand that wipes out everyone except Graham. His pals back on a space station near Earth spring to his rescue despite the concern of their stodgy Russian captain (Peter Outerbridge) that in the year it will take to reach him, Graham will likely die. Nonetheless, they have to try it. Manning the spacecraft is Jim McConnell (Gary Sinise), a shaky but brilliant space cadet mourning the death of his wife (Kim Delaney); newcomer Phil (Jerry O'Connell); and married astronauts Woody (Tim Robbins) and Terri (Connie Nielsen). After various catastrophic setbacks, they make it to Mars in time to discover some shocking secrets, including the very origin of life in the universe. Highlighted by staggering special effects, this ambitious Brian De Palma film straddles the void between Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY and Cameron's THE ABYSS, with imaginative results. The music is by Ennio Morricone.
Brian De Palma - American Director/Screenwriter, SCARFACE (1983)
Brian DePalma - American Director/Screenwriter, SCARFACE (1983)
Brian Russell De Palma - American Director/Screenwriter, SCARFACE (1983)
Tim Robbins - American Actor/Director, BOB ROBERTS (1992)
Gary Sinise - American Actor/Director
Jerry O'Connell - Actor
Tom Jacobson - Producer
Jim Thomas - Screenwriter/Producer
John Thomas - Screenwriter
Ennio Morricone - Italian composer, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966)
Leo Nichols - Italian composer, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966)
Dan Savio - Italian composer, THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966)
Kim Delaney - Actress/"Dis. Christina"
Paul Hirsch - Editor, RAY (2004)
Ed Verreaux - Production Designer, THE SCORPION KING (2002)
Don Cheadle - Actor
Elise Neal - Star, PLAYAS BALL (2003)
Graham Yost - Screenwriter
Armin Mueller-Stahl - German actor, working in USA
Stephen H. Burum - Director of Photography
After the first manned mission to Mars ends in a mysterious catastrophe, a new crew is assembled and sent into space to track down the missing astronaut and find out what really transpired. The crew includes a recently widowed husband, a married couple, and a fresh-faced upstart. Brian De Palma's big-budget thriller is aided greatly by its overflowing star power--in the form of the actors--as well as its spectacular visual effects.
Armond White and Godfrey Cheshire of the New York Press each named MISSION TO MARS one of the 10 best films of 2000.
"...Vivid and highly pleasing..." - 05/01/2000 USA Today, p.54-6
"...The visual design is spectacular, and the scenes of the Martian surface look so real that the picture could have been made on location..." - 03/10/2000 New York Times, p.E20
"...[With] sequences of real vision, awakening the sense of wonder that is the goal of popular science fiction....It has extraordinary things in it..." - 03/10/2000 Chicago Sun-Times, p.29