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The War of the Worlds (1953)

Approved | | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi | 26 August 1953 (USA)
A small town in California is attacked by Martians.

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Dr. Pryor (as Bob Cornthwaite)
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Lewis Martin ...
Houseley Stevenson Jr. ...
Gen. Mann's Aide (as Housely Stevenson Jr.)
Paul Frees ...
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Wash Perry (as Bill Phipps)
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Cop at Crash Site
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Commentary (voice) (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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Cliff Clark ...
Australian Policeman (scenes deleted)
Rudy Lee ...
Boy (scenes deleted)

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H.G. Well's classic novel is brought to life in 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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$2,000,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording) (5.0) (L-R)

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

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1.66 : 1
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George Pal originally wanted the audience to put on 3-D glasses when the actors put on goggles. The rest of the movie would have been in 3-D. See more »

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The reporter records a description of the events on magnetic tape, even though we know that the heat ray generates a magnetic field that would destroy the recording. But there's no reason to believe the reporter knew this, and no evidence that the tapes are ever played back. See more »

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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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Good Adaptation
12 March 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

Even though this is not a literal translation of the H.G. Welles classic, this is still a good film. I especially loved how it was updated to the 20th century and that all our modern weapons, including the atom bomb, couldn't destroy the Martians. George Pal is definitely one of the most underrated directors of science fiction and this film along his When Worlds Collide and The Time Machine stand out among the great science fiction films of all time.


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