I've watched Mars Attacks plenty of times. Every time I watch it, I always hear "Ut, ut, ut!" when the Martians talk. That's also the sound I make when I imitate them.

However, I've seen all over the place people using "Ack" instead of "Ut". I've listened carefully to their dialogue, and I just don't hear "Ack" at all. I hear "Ut".

Is my hearing impaired? Or is everyone using the wrong word?

EDIT over 2 years later

I can't believe I just realized the actual pronunciation I meant to relay is more of an "Uht" just a hard start of more of an "Ahh" sound. Just the pitch of the voice starts off already relatively high.

So really more of an "AHT!" sound mixed with "UHT!".

Ut ut, ahht!

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    FWIW I always heard it as "At", which is sort of a mixture of these two.
    – Torisuda
    Jan 7 '17 at 3:59
  • You don't use the phonetic spelling of what you hear. UT as in Tut? Toot (tutorial)?
    – cde
    Jan 7 '17 at 4:15
  • @cde Yes, I mean "Ut" as found in "Tut". Jan 7 '17 at 4:16
  • I'm an "At" guy too Jan 7 '17 at 7:30
  • @cde Edited....... Sep 22 '19 at 0:15

According to the this interview with screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, the Martians are saying "Ack Ack Ack"

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    What a shame, I seriously don't hear "Ack" anywhere in the movie :-/ Jan 7 '17 at 4:04
  • @JerryDodge Hehe! I have only seen the movie one time...ages ago. I will have to re-watch to listen for it now ;) Jan 7 '17 at 4:05
  • @cde Actually I do recall the president (Jack Nickolson) saying something like that. Jan 7 '17 at 4:06
  • Right along the lines of how "What if I told you that the phrase 'what if I told you' is nowhere in the Matrix?" In fact, it's not. The phrase "What if" only appears twice in the entire movie, and neither of them are Morpheus. Jan 7 '17 at 4:08
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DVD Subtitles say Ack. There is no alternative spelling. Broadcast Close Captioning (for the hearing impaired) also say ACK.

  • Valid statement. However, I think your downvote came from someone who thought this answer didn't use any actual evidence or examples beyond what was already mentioned in the question... Sep 21 '19 at 23:10
  • If any of this was in the question they wouldn't have had one.
    – Mazura
    Sep 22 '19 at 23:34

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