mars-attack-locandinaWhen 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…