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Without Warning (1994)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi | TV Movie 30 October 1994
A television program is interrupted by a news network announcing that three meteors have hit the United States, France and China. At first, it seems natural but after interviews by ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sander Vanocur ... Sander Vanocur
Jane Kaczmarek ... Dr. Caroline Jaffe
Bree Walker Bree Walker ... Bree Walker (as Bree Walker Lampley)
Dwier Brown ... Matt Jensen
Brian McNamara ... Mike Curtis
James Morrison ... Paul Whitaker
Ashley Peldon ... Kimberly Hastings
James Handy ... Dr. Norbert Hazelton
Kario Salem ... Dr. Avram Mandel
Spencer Garrett ... Paul Collingwood
Gina Hecht ... Barbara Shiller
John de Lancie ... Barry Steinbrenner
Patty Toy ... Denise Wong
Dennis Lipscomb ... Dr. Robert Pearlman
Ron Canada ... Terrence Freeman


A television program is interrupted by a news network announcing that three meteors have hit the United States, France and China. At first, it seems natural but after interviews by scientists and eyewitness seems to suggest that it is not. Three more meteors are coming and the various Earth governments combine forces to stop them. Written by <cs_rapozo@hccadb.hcc.hawaii.edu> (Helen Rapozo)

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The most frightening cosmic event of the century. See more »




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Release Date:

30 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tod aus dem All See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Early in the film, the town "Grover's Mill," Wyoming is mentioned. "Grover's Mill," New Jersey was the landing site of the first cylinder in Orson Welles' radio broadcast "War of the Worlds," which was an inspiration for this movie. See more »


In a scene that begins at 1h 5mins of the film, Dr. Robert Pearlman (played by Dennis Lipscomb) asserts that angles of meteors' trajectories match those of Pioneer spacecraft, as presented in the "pixelated message that was sent on Pioneer 11". What he refers to is actually Arecibo message, sent on 16 November 1974 by Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. This message has never been put on any spacecraft, instead it was sent by means of modulated radio waves. Hence, the shape Pearlman refers to is of Arecibo Observatory's antenna, and not of Pioneer spacecraft as presented in the film. This probably got confused with Pioneer plaque - an aluminium plaque that really was put on Pioneer 10 an 11 spacecraft, which were launched into space respectively 2 and 1 year before Arecibo message. The plaque and message, while having similar goal of communicating with potential extraterrestial intelligence, look very different from each other. See more »

Crazy Credits

The final view of the great computer display at NASA when the many meteors appear resembles the screen in the video game Space Invaders. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Madacy DVD, and so far the only known video release, has altered the film's opening slightly. Without Warning starts off with a "late, late show" movie playing before being interrupted by the news bulletins. At one point, the "film's credits" are displayed, giving direction credit to Mario Bava. These credits have been removed for the DVD. See more »


References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

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Without Warning is a well executed salute to the War of the Worlds radio broadcasts of the 1930s.
3 January 1999 | by NBrodarSee all my reviews

Shown 30 October, 1994, the Anniversary of the radio broadcast of War Of The Worlds, Without Warning is a tribute to the legendary radio broadcast. The film effectively represents the feel of War of the Worlds, by using a real life news anchor, Sander Vanocur, and newslike camera work. The effect was so real, that thousands of people called TV stations asking if it was real. Without Warning is a well executed salute to the War of the Worlds broadcasts of the 1930s. I highly recommend it for anyone interested in War of the Worlds, and the recent asteroid movies, Deep Impact and Armageddon.

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