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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

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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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

Unrated

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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

Company Credits

Production Co:

Pendragon Pictures See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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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 »

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Wow...
9 June 2005 | by brianlindstrandSee all my reviews

Wow...

I picked this up at the local Wal-Mart after reading online that it had been released early. I've been following this online for some time, and just had to buy the film.

Wow...

I guess the thing that really struck me was the editing, or lack thereof. Time and again, characters (usually The Narrator and whoever he is with) are shown walking...and walking...and walking. I am not an editor, but I do know that you can cut between someone leaving point A to show them arriving at point B. There is no need to show almost the entire journey! Wow...

I actually ended up feeling somewhat sorry for the actors involved in this. They seem to have been given no direction as to what to do during scenes other than to look scared or look happy, depending on what action was to be added at a later date.

Wow...

Why it was decided to do almost all the effects using CG is beyond me. Even ILM still employs miniatures sometimes. One of the most distracting uses of green screen in this film is the constant rushing about of (according to the end credits) the same group of people representing the citizenry of different towns and cities, including London. At times these folk are coming and going with no regard as to the angle of the shot or the distance they are from the camera. In one shot in London, there appear to be at least two men over six feet tall walking just behind the narrator's brother (played by star Anthony Piana without his distracting mustache). Not since GETTYSBURG have I seen such a fake piece of facial hair.

Wow...

Why Timothy Hines talked up this film the way he did is beyond me. It is a turkey, plain and simple. On the plus side (at least for me) it has provided some of the most genuine laugh-out-loud bits of hilarity I have seen in quite a while.


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