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The Night that Panicked America

  • Drama
  • 1975
  • Joseph Sargent
  • 100 mins

Summary

A dramatisation of the events of Halloween night in 1938, when Orson Welles's radio adaptation of the HG Wells novel War of the Worlds caused panic among the American public, many of whom believed that Martians were invading.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

On October 30 1938, Orson Welles and his company broadcast a version of HG Wells's The War Of The Worlds on the radio - and millions took it seriously as a warning of alien invasion. Director Joseph Sargent's made-for-TV docudrama shows how some people fled to the hills, while others prayed in the streets; it was as near to a state of emergency as America has ever seen. Paul Shenar (as Welles), Vic Morrow and Eileen Brennan poignantly fictionalise some of the real-life stories that unfolded on that fateful night.

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Credits

Cast

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Orson WellesPaul Shenar
Hank MuldoonVic Morrow
Stefan GrubowskiCliff De Young
Jess WingateMichael Constantine
Paul StewartWalter McGinn
Ann MuldoonEileen Brennan
Linda DavisMeredith Baxter
Norman SmithTom Bosley
Reverend DavisWill Geer
Walter WingateJohn Ritter

Crew

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DirectorJoseph Sargent

Details

Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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