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Martian Mania: The True Story of The War of the Worlds (1998)



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Credited cast:
Steve Allen ... Himself
James Cameron ... Host
Orson Welles ... Himself (archive footage)


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Release Date:

30 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La verdadera historia de la guerra de los mundos See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Outstanding Documentary
22 July 2005 | by koconnor-1See all my reviews

Outstanding documentary on what has been dubbed "The Night that Panicked America". Filmmaker James Cameron narrates a behind the scenes look at the infamous "War of the Worlds" broadcast of 1938 by Orson Welles and the Mercury Theater Company. Includes rarely seen/heard footage of the great huckster and his statement to the world following the harrowing night of the hoax, and even a footnote of a greater tragedy that took place following a similar broadcast in Mexico two decades later. For fans of old time radio, WW2 and Scifi, this is a must see. I particularly liked the real comments from residents of New Jersey who listened to the actual broadcast on that Halloween eve. While we have heard stories about the various fears and panics of persons who witnessed the events of that night, this is the one documentary I have seen or heard that truly puts it all into perspective. As a companion piece, I recommend the film, "The Night that Panicked America" which starred John Ritter.

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