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The War of the Worlds (1953)

Approved  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi  |  26 August 1953 (USA)
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The film adaptation of the H.G.Wells story told on radio of the invasion of Earth by Martians.

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Complete credited cast:
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Robert Cornthwaite ...
Dr. Pryor (as Bob Cornthwaite)
Sandro Giglio ...
Lewis Martin ...
Houseley Stevenson Jr. ...
Gen. Mann's Aide (as Housely Stevenson Jr.)
Paul Frees ...
Second Radio Reporter / Opening Announcer
William Phipps ...
Wash Perry (as Bill Phipps)
Vernon Rich ...
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Cop at Crash Site
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Commentary (voice) (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cliff Clark ...
Australian Policeman (scenes deleted)
Rudy Lee ...
Boy (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

H.G. Well's classic novel is brought to life is this tale of alien invasion. The residents of a small town in California are excited when a flaming meteor lands in the hills. Their joy is tempered somewhat when they discover that it has passengers who are not very friendly. The movie itself is understood better when you consider that it was made at the height of the Cold War--just replace Martian with Russian.... Written by KC Hunt <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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A mighty panorama of earth-shaking fury! See more »

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Action | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

26 August 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La guerre des mondes  »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

Color:

(Technicolor)| (newsreel archive footage before opening credits)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Flying Wing depicted in the movie is the Northrop YB-49. Two were built and both crashed. Stock footage was used in the movie. See more »

Goofs

As the radio reporter records his report on a tape recorder he says that radio doesn't work anywhere, yet the bomber's run is monitored on RADAR. RADAR uses radio to do its work. If radio doesn't work then RADAR would not work either. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Radio Reporter: [voiceover] In the First World War, and for the first time in the history of man, nations combined to fight against nations using the crude weapons of those days. The Second World War involved every continent on the globe, and men turned to science for new devices of warfare, which reached an unparalleled peak in their capacity for destruction. And now, fought with the terrible weapons of super-science, menacing all mankind and every creature on the Earth comes the War of the Worlds.
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Flop-Eared Mule (Without Calls)
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Written by Zip Wilson
Performed by Zip Wilson
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User Reviews

Great as a sci-fi film--atrocious as a book adaptation
13 March 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK, it's not an adaptation of the H.G. Wells book. If it's supposed to be, it's horrendous...BUT taken as a sci-fi film from the 50s, it's tremedous. The dialogue is corny and the acting is beyond belief (did anyone tell Gene Barry not to move a muscle in his face?), but the special effects are incredible. Some are pretty obvious (love it when the spaceship crashes into what is obviously a paper mache building!) but the majority of them stand up even today. I had the good luck to see a newly struck print and the color was superb and I've never seen the film look so good! This movie scared the hell out of me as a kid...as an adult it doesn't (of course) but it's still a heck of a lot of fun! This is 20 times better than that piece of crap "Independence Day". "ID" had cardboard characters, REALLY stupid dialogue (much worse than this movie) and stunning gaps of logic (Will Smith learning in 3 seconds how to fly an alien spacecraft; A COMPUTER VIRUS??????). This one doesn't. A true classic. See it!!!


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