The War of the Worlds (1953) - Plot Summary Poster

Plot Summary

  • 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>
  • Scientist Clayton Forrester and Sylvia Van Buren are the first to arrive at the site of a meteorite crash. Soon after, an alien war machine emerges and begins killing at random. The Marines are called in, but they're no match for the aliens' force field. Forrester and Van Buren, however, are able to wound one of the creatures and procure a sample of its blood. They take it to Los Angeles where they hope, through testing, to be able to discover the aliens' weakness.

    - Written by Jwelch5742
  • The Martians unchain a direct assault to our planet, with hundreds of invulnerable ships. The invasion takes place all over the world, and all the major cities are destroyed one after one--even the atomic bomb can't stop them. But if the humans can't beat them, who can? Maybe something MUCH smaller....

    - Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos <makzax@hotmail.com>
  • Producer George Pal's and director Byron Haskin's landmark adaptation of the classic H.G. Wells novel that focuses on the invasion of the Earth by Martian war machines.

    - Written by Debbie Twyman <nkchigh@qni.com>
  • It's the 20th century and, to the unsuspecting human population, Martians are appearing on Earth with destruction on their mind. While everyone panics, Dr. Clayton Forrester and Sylvia Van Buren join together in hiding out away from all the mayhem.

    - Written by FilmFanUK
  • A small town in California is attacked by Martians.

    - Written by Christopher D. Ryan <cryan@direct.ca>


The film begins with a voice (Sir Cedric Hardwicke) telling the audience that greedy eyes are watching the blue planet...

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