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The War of the Worlds

  • Action
  • Sci-fi
  • 1953
  • Byron Haskin
  • 81 mins
  • X

Summary

Science-fiction adventure, starring Gene Barry and Ann Robinson. With their civilisation on the verge of extinction, the Martians scan the solar system and conclude that only the Earth is fit for colonisation. The human race faces its greatest challenge as a Martian invasion force is launched.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Although it never comes close to reproducing the panic generated by Orson Welles's famous 1938 radio broadcast, this is a splendid version of HG Wells's sci-fi classic. When the "meteor" that lands in southern California turns out to be the mothership of a Martian invasion, the governments of the world unleash their most potent weapons in a counterproductive attempt to stem the tide of destruction. The miraculous deliverance is clumsily staged, but it scarcely matters. Director Byron Haskin enhances the impact of Gordon Jennings's Oscar-winning special effects by ensuring that his extras convey a genuine sense of terror as civilisation collapses around them.

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Credits

Cast

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Dr Clayton ForresterGene Barry
Sylvia Van BurenAnn Robinson
General MannLes Tremayne
Doctor PryorRobert Cornthwaite
Doctor BilderbeckSandro Giglio
Pastor CollinsLewis Martin
Wash PerryWilliam Phipps
Alonzo HoguePaul Birch
NarratorCedric Hardwicke
Sheriff BoganyWalter Sande

Crew

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DirectorByron Haskin

Details

Languages
English | Spanish
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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