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Brave New Jersey (2016)

TV-MA | | Comedy | 4 August 2017 (USA)
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A comedy about a small New Jersey town on the night of Orson Welles' legendary 1938 "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast, which led millions of listeners to believe the U.S. was being invaded by Martians.


Jody Lambert
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Credited cast:
Anna Camp ... Peg Prickett
Heather Burns ... Lorraine Davison
Evan Jonigkeit ... Sparky
Tony Hale ... Clark Hill
Raymond J. Barry ... Captain Ambrose P. Collins
Sam Jaeger ... Paul Davison
Erika Alexander ... Helen Holbrook
Dan Bakkedahl ... Reverend Ray Rogers
Mel Rodriguez ... Sheriff Dandy
Grace Kaufman ... Ann Davison
Noah Lomax ... Peter
Matt Oberg ... Chardy Edwards
Sandra Ellis Lafferty ... Old Farmer Lady
Leonard Earl Howze ... Stan Holbrook
Adina Galupa ... Shannon


A comedy about a small New Jersey town on the night of Orson Welles' legendary 1938 "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast, which led millions of listeners to believe the U.S. was being invaded by Martians.

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An alien invasion comedy where the aliens never show up.





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Release Date:

4 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

New Jersey nagyjai See more »

Filming Locations:

Maury City, Tennessee, USA


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,514,105, 6 August 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,918,944, 6 August 2017
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Production Co:

The Shot Clock, BondIt See more »
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Did You Know?


In-joke: mayor Clark Hill (Tony Hale) recommends the book "Gone with the Wind" to his friend Lorraine Davison (Heather Burns). The male star of the film of "Gone with the Wind" was Clark Gable. See more »


The dialogue includes several modern expressions that wouldn't have been used in 1938, including "time frame" and "inappropriate" to mean an unwanted sexual advance from a man to a woman. See more »


Long Story Short
Written by Dennis Lambert
Performed by Tony Hale
Courtesy of Tuneworks Music
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Like watching badly mixed paint dry
14 August 2017 | by hond-92064See all my reviews

This movie suffers in the first place from a boring and disjointed plot. And that is a kiss of death for any film. It starts there. The basic plot situation makes one sit up - the doings of a number of people in an small town in the New York area who believed the by now legendary radio play that Orson Welles did with the H.G. Wells story War of the Worlds - a story about the Martians attacking earth. It was done in the form of news announcements and according to legend many people believed it was true and panicked. Brave New Jersey sets out to tell story of a number of them. And right there it all falls to pieces because the description of the plot is the most exciting part. For the rest it is mediocre acting, bad story line, boring characters... in fact mediocre soap opera. Don't bother with this movie. Rather stare at the wall.

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