7.1/10
524
19 user 5 critic

The Night That Panicked America (1975)

A dramatization of the Oct. 30, 1938 mass panic that Orson Welles' radio play, "The War of the Worlds" accidentally provoked.

Director:

Writers:

(teleplay), (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

After finding out that North American people are visiting the Spanish villages, the citizens of Villar del Río start preparing themselves to welcome them when they arrive.

Director: Luis García Berlanga
Stars: Lolita Sevilla, Manolo Morán, José Isbert
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Three different stories whose central axis are radio listeners: several contestants have to get to a radio station studio dressed as Eskimo, a thief answering a call in the house which is ... See full summary »

Director: José Luis Sáenz de Heredia
Stars: Francisco Rabal, Margarita Andrey, José Isbert
Elvis I (TV Movie 1979)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Biographical movie about the famous rock singer Elvis Presley.

Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Kurt Russell, Shelley Winters, Bing Russell
Ffolkes (1979)
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When terrorists take over two oil rigs and threaten to explode them if their demands are not met, an eccentric anti-terrorism expert volunteers his unique commando unit to stop them.

Director: Andrew V. McLaglen
Stars: Roger Moore, James Mason, Anthony Perkins
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

In New York, armed men hijack a subway car and demand a ransom for the passengers. Even if it's paid, how could they get away?

Director: Joseph Sargent
Stars: Walter Matthau, Robert Shaw, Martin Balsam
Black Sunday (1977)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Black Sunday is the powerful story of a Black September terrorist group attempting to blow up a Goodyear blimp hovering over the Super Bowl stadium with 80,000 people and the president of the United States in attendance.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Robert Shaw, Bruce Dern, Marthe Keller
Trilogy of Terror (TV Movie 1975)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Three bizarre horror stories all of which star Karen Black in four different roles playing tormented women.

Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Karen Black, Robert Burton, John Karlen
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Following the suicide of an elderly Jewish man, a journalist in possession of the man's diary investigates the alleged sighting of a former SS captain, who allegedly commanded a concentration camp during WWII.

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Jon Voight, Maximilian Schell, Maria Schell
Death Scream (TV Movie 1975)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A docudrama based on the actual incident involving Catherine "Kitty" Genovese who, on March 13, 1964, was attacked and viciously stabbed to death several times by a psychopath, while nearby residents watched but did nothing to help.

Director: Richard T. Heffron
Stars: Raul Julia, John P. Ryan, Phillip Clark
Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young boy learns that space aliens are taking over the minds of earthlings.

Director: William Cameron Menzies
Stars: Helena Carter, Arthur Franz, Jimmy Hunt
The Trial (1962)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

An unassuming office worker is arrested and stands trial, but he is never made aware of his charges.

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Anthony Perkins, Arnoldo Foà, Jess Hahn
Radio Days (1987)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A nostalgic look at radio's golden age focusing on one ordinary family and the various performers in the medium.

Director: Woody Allen
Stars: Mia Farrow, Dianne Wiest, Mike Starr
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Hank Muldoon
...
Stefan Grubowski
...
Jess Wingate
Walter McGinn ...
Paul Stewart
...
Ann Muldoon
...
Linda Davis (as Meredith Baxter Birney)
...
Norman Smith
...
Reverend Davis
...
...
Walter Wingate
...
Carl Phillips
Burton Gilliam ...
Tex
Joshua Bryant ...
Howard Koch
Liam Dunn ...
Charlie
...
Toni
Edit

Storyline

The true story of the night that Orson Welles broadcast his version of 'H.G. Welles'' classic ''The War of the Worlds'' on the radio. Designed to be as realistic as possible, many people were fooled into thinking that an alien invasion was actually taking place. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

31 October 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La nuit qui terrifia l'Amérique  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film is set on Sunday 30th October 1938, airdate of "The Mercury Theatre on the Air"'s famous Halloween broadcast of H.G. Wells' 'War of the Worlds' on CBS from New York. See more »

Goofs

Welles was 23 when his "War of the Worlds" production aired. Paul Shenar was 39 when portraying Welles. See more »

Quotes

Ora Nichols: [to her assistant, assessing the Mercury Theater's show] Looks like another big night for Charlie Mc Carthy.
See more »


Soundtracks

Heart and Soul
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Excellent recreation of the War of the Worlds radio broadcast of 1930?
4 June 1999 | by (San Angelo, Texas) – See all my reviews

This film was an excellent portrayal of the radio broadcast and the actor who played Orson Wells did an excellent job. The sound effects at the radio station was unbelievable accurate as to the sound of an alien space craft both landing and the sound of the hatch coming off, very scare as was suppose to happen especially back in the 30's. The acting to go along with the radio broadcast was out of sight. This was a very entertaining movie and i wish it was also available on video as stated by Mike Spangler, if that is not possible than it should be made available to be shown on TV again, so people could record it as I did some years ago, but have a very poor copy of. If this is available to be replayed on TV, than this Halloween should be appropriate to re-broadcast this fine movie


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Would love to see this again nafana
You can watch this movie on you tube! dajulad
VHS on EBAY redskys
Sure would like to know motherhen718
'The Night America Trembled' shootr2
Sound-effects lady nafana
Discuss The Night That Panicked America (1975) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?