PG-13 | | Comedy, Sci-Fi
In the early stages of filming, the movie was supposed to have 60 major characters, but it was cut to 23. Scrapped characters included: a suburban housewife, a soldier, a televangelist, a few college students, several of Professor Kessler's colleagues, a doctor and his nurse fiancée, an actress, a couple of survivalists, and a police officer.
Grandma Florence Norris:
Richie, I think these guys are very sick.
The president's inconsistent tie during his speech is an in-joke reference to a similar continuity error with Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men (1992).
A flying saucer buzzes around the opening Warner Brothers logo.
A television ad had Marsha Dale saying (over the desicion of what to do about the Martians): "Kick the crud out of them!" which was an edit to what she said in the theatrical version: "Kick the crap out of them!"
$9,384,272 15 December 1996