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War of the Worlds
(2005)
War Of The Worlds
This Summer, the last war on Earth won't be started by humans.
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Stars: Tom Cruise Justin Chatwin Tim Robbins Dakota Fanning Miranda Otto
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writer: David Koepp, Josh Friedman, H.G. Wells
Language: English
Studio: Dreamworks Video
Duration: 117
Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
DVD Release: June 2010

Despite super effects, a huge budget, and the cinematic pedigree of alien-happy Steven Spielberg, this take on H.G. Wells's novel is basically a horror film packaged as a sci-fi thrill ride. Instead of a mad slasher, however, Spielberg (along with writers Josh Friedman & David Koepp) utilizes aliens hell-bent on quickly destroying humanity, and the terrifying results that prey upon adult fears, especially in the post-9/11 world. The realistic results could be a new genre, the grim popcorn thriller; often you feel like you're watching Schindler's List more than Spielberg's other thrill-machine movies (Jaws, Jurassic Park). The film centers on Ray Ferrier, a divorced father (Tom Cruise, oh so comfortable) who witnesses one giant craft destroy his New Jersey town and soon is on the road with his teen son (Justin Chatwin) and preteen daughter (Dakota Fanning) in tow, trying to keep ahead of the invasion. The film is, of course, impeccably designed and produced by Spielberg's usual crew of A-class talent. The aliens are genuinely scary, even when the film--like the novel--spends a good chunk of time in a basement. Readers of the book (or viewers of the deft 1953 adaptation) will note the variation of whom and how the aliens come to Earth, which poses some logistical problems. The film opens and closes with narration from the novel read by Morgan Freeman, but Spielberg could have adapted Orson Welles's words from the famous Halloween Eve 1938 radio broadcast: "We couldn't soap all your windows and steal all your garden gates by tomorrow night, so we did the best next thing: we annihilated the world." --Doug Thomas
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The Soundtrack

The War of the Worlds (1953)

War of the Worlds - The Complete First Season (TV series)

Classic Sci-Fi Movies and Their Remakes

Aliens Invade on DVD

The Prog-rock Opera (no kidding)


Tom CruiseRay Ferrier
Dakota FanningRachel Ferrier
Tim RobbinsHarlan Ogilvy
Miranda OttoMary Ann
Justin ChatwinRobbie
Rick GonzalezVincent
Camillia Sanes
Yul VazquezJulio
Lenny VenitoManny the Mechanic
Lisa Ann WalterBartender
Ann RobinsonGrandmother
Gene BarryGrandfather
David Alan BascheTim
Roz AbramsHerself
Michael BrownleeTV Reporter, Osaka
Camillia Sanes MonetNews Producer
Marlon YoungNews Cameraman
John EddinsNews Van Driver
Peter GeretyHatch Boss / Load Manager
David HarbourDock Worker
Miguel Antonio FerrerBrazilian Neighbor
January LaVoyBrazilian Neighbor's Wife
Stephen GevedonNeighbor with Lawnmower
Julie WhiteWoman
Marianne EbertHysterical Woman (as Marianni Ebert)
Rafael SardinaMechanic's Assistant
Amy RyanNeighbor with Toddler
Ed VassalloIntersection Guy
Michael ArthurIntersection Guy
Danny HochIntersection Guy Cop
Sharrieff PughMan Studying Street
Erika LaVonnPhotographer
Christopher Evan WelchPhotographer
John Michael BolgerMan Holding Woman
Omar JermaineMan Holding Woman
Robert CicchiniGuy in Suit
Jim HannaBus Driver
Tracy HoweCrowd Onlooker
Adam Lazarre-WhiteCrowd Onlooker
Vito D'AmbrosioCrowd Onlooker
Laura Zoe QuistCrowd Onlooker
Ana Maria QuintanaCrowd Onlooker
Lorelei LleeCrowd Onlooker
Mark ManleyFerry Worker
John ScurtiFerry Captain
Becky Ann BakerDisaster Relief Volunteer
Mariann MayberryMother
Ty Simpkins3 Year Old Boy
Jerry WalshSmart Guy
Tommy GuiffreNational Guardsman
Daniel FranzeseNational Guardsman
Ed SchiffOlder Man
Ellen BarryWoman from Upstate
Amy HohnPanicky Woman
Dan ZiskieInformative Guy (as Daniel Ziskie)
David ConleyIll-Informed Guy
Daniel Eric GoldConspiracy Buff
Booker T. WashingtonConspiracy Debunker
Maggie LaceyUpset Mother
Eric ZuckermanDoomsday Guy
Daniel A. JacobsYounger Man
Asha R. NanavatiWoman in Crowd
Joaquin Perez-CampbellYoung Soldier in Tank
Dendrie TaylorWell Meaning Mother
James DuMontWell-Meaning Father
Travis Aaron WadeWar of the Worlds Soldier
Benjamin CiaramelloWar of the Worlds Soldier (as Benny Ciaramello)
Ricky LunaWar of the Worlds Soldier
Columbus ShortWar of the Worlds Soldier
Kent FaulconWar of the Worlds Soldier
Kevin CollinsMarine Major
Terry ThomasMarine Major
Clay BringhurstAirforce Pilot
Jorge-Luis PalloArmy Private
Suanne SpokeBusinesswoman
Kirsten NelsonBusinesswoman
Melody GarrettOlder Woman
Lauri JohnsonOlder Woman
Takayo FischerOlder Woman
Shanna CollinsTeenager
Elizabeth Jayne HongTeenager
Art ChudabalaMan in Basket
Jeffrey HutchinsonMan in Basket
Dempsey PappionMan in Basket
Chris ToddMan in Basket
Johnny KastlBoston Soldier
Juan Carlos HernándezBoston Soldier
Bruce W. Derdoski Jr.Boston Soldier
John N. MoralesBoston Soldier
Morgan FreemanNarration (voice)
Dustin Ardine
Tom KennySpongeBob SquarePants
Lisa SampleBoston Survivor
Amir AllakSurvivor (uncredited)
Chad O. AllenRefugee
Michalina AlmindoRefugee
Peter AppleseedArmy Soldier
Alan Kemper ArmaniSurvivor (uncredited)
Cass AsherSoldier (uncredited)
Claudia BarrosoPortuguese Woman (uncredited)
Genre: Action & Adventure
Media: Blu-ray
Sound: Dolby
IMDb: 0407304