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As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival.

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Ray Ferrier (Cruise) is a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. When his ex-wife and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie and young daughter Rachel for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm suddenly touches down. What follows is the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it in this contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells seminal classic sci-fi thriller. Written by Majorwest

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Rated PG-13 for frightening sequences of sci-fi violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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29 June 2005 (USA)  »

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$132,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,789,496 (France) (22 July 2005)

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$234,277,056 (USA) (18 November 2005)
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Tim Robbins's line, "It's not a war any more than it's a war between men and maggots", is a slightly modified quote from the original novel, substituting "maggots" for "ants". The line was also used in the infamous 1938 Orson Welles radio broadcast. In addition, the news reporter's line, "Once they begin to move, no more news comes out of that area", is taken directly from The War of the Worlds (1953). Also taken from the original film were the scenes with the probe examining the basement, followed by the inquisitive aliens. Tom Cruise chops the head off the probe with an axe, just as Gene Barry did in the original. Also, the shot of the dying alien's arm coming down the ramp is a reference to a similar shot in the original film. See more »

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When Ray empties takes the bag of bread to make the peanut butter sandwiches, he dumps out all of the bread slices. Yet in the next shot, you can clearly see a few slices still in the bag. See more »

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Narrator: No one would have believed in the early years of the 21st century that our world was being watched by intelligences greater than our own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns, *they* observed and studied, the way a man with a microscope might scrutinize the creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency, men went to and fro about the globe, confident of our empire over this world. Yet across the gulf of space, intellects vast ...
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Fantastic Update of a Classic
29 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have to give Steven Spielberg a lot of credit. If there was ever anybody who could update the H.G. Wells classic "War of the Worlds" and do it so well, it could only be Spielberg. Unlike "Independence Day", which tries too much to involve us in multiple characters' emotions and what's happening to them, "War of the Worlds" gives us one family's point of view, and it actually heightens the tension. It makes this alien invasion seem more personal, more like it's happening to us, as well. Tom Cruise gives a massively underrated performance, perhaps diminished by the off-screen distractions, as the father just trying to keep his kids safe, and Dakota Fanning may give the best performance of a young actor since Haley Joel Osment in "The Sixth Sense". All in all, a fantastic thriller. Highly recommended.

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