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The War of the Worlds (2005)

Unrated | | Sci-Fi, Action, Drama | Video 14 June 2005
In one of the most faithful adaptations of HG Wells' science fiction masterpiece, Martians launch a ruthless assault on an unsuspecting Victorian England, in an attempt to escape their dying planet.

Director:

Timothy Hines

Writers:

H.G. Wells (novel), Timothy Hines (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Piana Anthony Piana ... The Writer / The Brother
Jack Clay Jack Clay ... Ogilvy
James Lathrop ... The Artilleryman
Darlene Sellers ... Mrs. Elphinstone (as Darlene Renee Sellers)
John Kaufmann John Kaufmann ... The Curate
Susan Goforth ... The Wife
Jamie Lynn Sease Jamie Lynn Sease ... Miss Elphinstone
W. Bernard Bauman W. Bernard Bauman ... Henderson
Edwin Stone Edwin Stone ... The Potman
Tom Fouche Tom Fouche ... Newspaper Boy
Mark Wilt Mark Wilt ... Gregg the Butcher
Erik Barzdukas Erik Barzdukas ... Butcher's Son
E. Leonard Helland E. Leonard Helland ... Lord Hilton's Butler / Blind Preacher
Barbara Bauman Barbara Bauman ... Mary - Writer's Servant
Daniel Somerfield Daniel Somerfield ... Stent
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At the end of the 19th century a large cylinder falls on the English countryside. A young writer is among those who witnesses the event. But soon the cylinder opens and a group of Martians appear. It soon becomes apparent the Martians intend to attack. The writer soon finds himself fighting for his own survival as the military fights to stop the Martians, society collapses, and as the human race fights to win the war of the worlds. Written by timdalton007

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The first authentic movie adaptation of the 1898 H.G. Wells classic novel. See more »


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Unrated

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Trivia

According to the website owned by one of the the providers of the horses used in the film, the portion of the production involving their horses was shot on a horse ranch outside of Seattle. Other horses and carriages were shot at other ranches with large green-screen setups over eight weeks. See more »

Goofs

When the Writer is showing his wife the planet Mars, the bottom half of the frame is quite obviously bathed in hot summer sunshine, and yet the top half, depicting a matted-in CGI sky, is dark and filled with stars. See more »

Crazy Credits

The Copyright date is given as "MMDCCLVIII", which is the year 2758. See more »

Alternate Versions

In response to the criticisms over the 3-hour running time, a Director's Cut released that excises approximately 45 minutes of the original version. See more »

Connections

Version of The War of the Worlds (1953) See more »

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Very Educational In Its Way
6 July 2005 | by tgw_13See all my reviews

I honestly believe that ANYONE considering film-making be subjected to this mind-boggling failure. Like the "films" of Edward Wood, Jr. in the '60s and '70s, this film is a shining example of why real filmmakers expend so much energy rewriting scripts, re-editing their films, and reworking their special effects until they finally look right. This movie is also a decent argument FOR the studios' pre-screening process. If Mr. Hines were forced to endure the honest reactions of an impartial audience, perhaps he would have cut 75% or the walking/running/strolling scenes and edited this movie down to a more bearable 90 minutes.

Film students should view this movie as an example of just how dangerous thinking their work is "good enough" can truly be. Every performance, every line of dialog, every digital effect, every filter effect, indeed every frame of video expresses the danger of striving for mere mediocrity. A beginning filmmaker may find himself/herself tempted from time to time to think "At least I accomplished SOMETHING" or "Just finishing this will be an accomplishment in itself". This movie will help them understand just how badly a film can turn out.

Critics might also benefit from seeing this movie before they dub the latest summer entertainment "the worst movie ever made".

Beginning writers can learn from this film just how important rewrites are, and perhaps understand the necessity for rewrites. Also, beginning directors can learn the importance of a GOOD screenplay, and some degree of respect for just how hard it is to write a script that causes the audience to feel emotionally compelled through the story. Writers and directors who watch bad made-for-cable movies of the week and think "I can do better than THAT" can see get an idea from this movie how difficult it really IS to produce even mediocre results.

I sincerely believe this movie can serve as an educational tool to beginning filmmakers. Particularly those entering the craft in this current post-Lucas and post-Spielberg environment. There is a reason filmmakers such as these are hailed for their ability with special effects. The War of the Worlds illustrates clearly that not everyone can pull it off. Some can't even come CLOSE to it.


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Pendragon Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Boer War See more »

Filming Locations:

Seattle, Washington, USA

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