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
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Two of the characters from Orson Welles's 1938 radio broadcast (portrayed in the film by different actors), Professor Pearson (the main player in the radio broadcast), and the ill-fated journalist Carl Phillips made brief appearances at the site of the first Martian landing, in New Jersey, on Sunday evening October 30th, 1938. See more »
When Dr. Forrester and Sylvia meet and talk for the first time he is wearing red glasses. When you watch the scene from Dr. Forrester point-of-view you can look through his glasses and tell it is a non-prescription glass lens because the background and people passing in front of the lens are not distorted by a prescription but is a normal view. See more »
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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HG Wells' futuristic novel responds well to the Technicolor splashed on it in this 50s B classic. Gene Barry over emotes in the lead now and then but the martian invasion is handled very well and the tension rises to the final scenes where the surviving populace huddle in the church as the buildings crash and burn around them.
'War of the Worlds' deserves its place as both a highly regarded novel and a well-remembered movie. Byron Haskin and George Pal did a great job in visualising the apocalyptic bits of Wells' text, while still making the end result enjoyable and interesting for the viewer.
Recommended for fans of intellectualised science fiction.
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