MARCH ON MARS: Mission to Mars (2000) w/WildClaw Theatre

mission to mars

This week on Alcohollywood, Ele Matelan of WildClaw Theatre joins us as we continue our March full of Mars movies with the companion piece to last week’s Red Planet, Brian De Palma’s Disney-produced Mission to Mars! Telling the same story of a group of astronauts taking off for the Red Planet (Gary Sinise, Connie Nielsen, Tim Robbins and Jerry O’Connell) to investigate Don Cheadle’s doomed first mission, De Palma’s 2001-lite slog takes some hard left turns amongst its Disney-caliber safeness, and we’ll take you through them along with our custom cocktail and drinking rules!

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mission to mars cocktailWe decided to make a frozen julep-y cocktail both in honor of the film’s extended barbecue sequence at the start of the film, and Tim Robbins’ infamously inaccurate space-fate! 

3 parts bourbon
3 parts orange juice
3-4 sour cherries, 1/2 part juice
small bunch, mint leaves

Throw it all in a blender with ice and blitz till combined. Pour into margarita class and garnish with orange wedge, sour cherry and Mars-chmallow!


  1. Whenever the characters engage in blatant, naked exposition (talking aloud to each other about things they already know, or are just being said for our benefit)
  2. Whenever you see product placement (e.g. Dr. Pepper, Toshiba)
  3. Any time characters remove some or all of their spacesuits or have them removed by force


Gary Sinise quips, “We’re millions of miles from Earth in a giant white face. What’s normal?”

Join us next week as we get a little more hardcore on Mars as we watch John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars!

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About Clint Worthington

Clint Worthington is a Chicago-based film/TV critic and podcaster. A member of the Chicago Film Critics Association, you can find his other film work at Consequence of Sound (where he is a Senior Staff Writer), Crooked Marquee, IndieWire and UPROXX. He is also the co-host of Nathan Rabin's Happy Cast.

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