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The Great Martian War 1913 - 1917 (2013)

Documentary-drama recounting the Martian War of 1913 - 1917. Europe was on tenterhooks in the 2nd decade of the 20th century, everyone was expecting a Great War between the major European ... See full summary »

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Mike Slee

Writers:

Steve Maher (original concept), Stephen Sarossy (as Steve Sarossy)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mark Strong ... Narrator (voice)
Jock McLeod Jock McLeod ... Jock Donnelly
Joan Gregson ... Nerys Vaughan
Ian Downie Ian Downie ... Hughie Logan
Thomas Gough Thomas Gough ... Duncan Mitchell-Myers
Hazel Douglas ... Alice Hale
Ashley Bomberry Ashley Bomberry ... Kim Lafonde
Daniel Matmor Daniel Matmor ... Lawrence Hart
Walter Stegmayer Walter Stegmayer ... Arnold Tockelz
Briony Glassco ... Alexandra Banham
Howard Jerome Howard Jerome ... Howard Klee
Ross Walton Ross Walton ... Additional Voices (voice)
Gyuri Sarossy Gyuri Sarossy ... Additional Voices (voice)
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Documentary-drama recounting the Martian War of 1913 - 1917. Europe was on tenterhooks in the 2nd decade of the 20th century, everyone was expecting a Great War between the major European powers. But then, in 1913, something crashed into the forests of SW Germany. Troops were sent to investigate but were wiped out. Martian fighting machines began making their way across Western Europe and the countries of Europe combined forces to resist them. With aspects taken from "The War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells and from WWI itself, this dramatisation presents a documentary style look at events as they unfolded and the effect they had of our world today. Lots of references to real events including the mass attacks and defeats as men were thrown against machines on the Western front, the Christmas truce and the Angel of Mons, America's isolationism and late entry into the conflict, the worldwide "Spanish" flu epidemic that killed more people than the war, and many other things. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Drama | Sci-Fi | War

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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The First Martian War See more »

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16:9 HD
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Scared My Grandma
8 September 2018 | by sarahmedeiros-96197See all my reviews

I have to commend the filmmakers here, as this movie completely fooled my grandmother. She watched this by herself on the History Channel and called my father in a complete panic due to the fear that the "cockroach headed and spider armed" aliens would return to earth.

This was accomplished due to the use of the CGI aliens being incorporated into actual WW1 footage. Also, the use of actors pretending to be former soldiers were convincing enough to her to prove that this story was real. Apparently, she was shaking and claimed that she couldn't go to sleep until the family was prepared to deal with the looming threat of alien invasion.

So I don't know if this review helps anyone, but if anything it shows how convincing this mockumentary can be and serves as a reminder to not necessarily believe everything you see on TV. Or the History Network.


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