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War of the Worlds [2005] (1 disc)
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Director:Steven Spielberg
Writer:David Koepp
Josh Friedman
Composer:John Williams
Length:116 minutes
(1 hour 56 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:6.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:74%
Amazon Rating:3.0/5 stars
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  • Sci-Fi
  • CG
  • Suspense / Horror
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Synopsis: As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival.


Reaction: A well made version of the story. Could do with more character development, though.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Cast and Crew
Steven Spielberg => Director
David Koepp => Writer
Josh Friedman => Writer
John Williams => Composer
H.G. Wells => Novel
Amy Ryan => Neighbor with Toddler
Ann Robinson => Grandmother
Camillia Sanes Monet => News Producer (as Camillia Sanes)
Channing Tatum => Boy in Church Scene (uncredited)
Dakota Fanning => Rachel Ferrier
David Alan Basche => Tim
Gene Barry => Grandfather
Julie White => Woman
Justin Chatwin => Robbie
Lenny Venito => Manny the Mechanic
Lisa Ann Walter => Bartender
Marlon Young => News Cameraman
Michael Brownlee => TV Reporter, Osaka
Miranda Otto => Mary Ann
Morgan Freeman => Narration (voice)
Rick Gonzalez => Vincent
Roz Abrams => Herself
Tim Robbins => Harlan Ogilvy
Tom Cruise => Ray Ferrier
Tom Kenny => SpongeBob SquarePants (voice) (archive footage)
Yul Vazquez => Julio (as Yul Vázquez)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • During the filming of the underwater scenes (where the ferry capsizes) Steven Spielberg played a prank on Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning by playing the dramatic music from Jaws (also one of Spielberg's films) through the massive underwater speakers on the sound stage.
  • According to an interview with Miranda Otto, she originally turned down the part offered by Steven Spielberg as she was newly pregnant. However, Spielberg wanted her to play the part and changed the script to incorporate her pregnancy into the role.
  • When the aliens are investigating the junk in the basement, one of them plays with a bicycle wheel. This is tied to the original book when the main character observes that, with all the advanced technology the aliens possess, they don't use any wheels, and wonders if the alien life form had skipped the invention of the wheel.
  • The words "alien" and "Martian" are never spoken in the movie.
  • This is one of the first movies to show The United States Marine Corps new MARPAT digital camouflage uniforms, as well as the Interceptor body armor vests used by all branches of the US military.
  • The tripod design for the alien machines is based on H.G. Wells' original description from his book, including the heat rays at the ends of arms. The "red weed" is also from the novel, as is the alien "need" for humans.
  • Had a 72-day shooting schedule. This was the same amount of time used for Steven Spielberg's previous movies, Schindler's List and Raiders of the Lost Ark. The crew started filming only seven months prior to its release. In order to finish all 500+ CGI effects, Steven Spielberg did all the big action scenes in the early stages of shooting.
  • The opening voiceover monologue paraphrases and updates the first paragraph from H.G. Wells's novel. For example, "19th century" is changed to "21st century".
  • While filming nearby, Tom Cruise, along with a 20-member entourage, including Steven Spielberg, visited a Lexington, Virginia, Dairy Queen. Cruise saw a jar on the counter with a photo of [?] Ashley Flint and her story. Flint was in a go-cart accident a few months earlier, leaving her family with a mountain of hospital bills. Cruise put $5000 cash into the jar.
  • Tom Cruise's sixth consecutive film to break the $100m barrier domestically since 2000 and his 13th movie to break that barrier in total.
  • There are very few panoramic images in this movie. Almost all shots, also during the tripod attacks, were filmed with the camera set at a person's eye-sight. This manner of filming was influenced by the amateur footage of the terrorist attacks on New York City of 11 September 2001.
  • Ray's horror at discovering ash all over himself after stumbling home was influenced by September Eleventh survivor stories.
  • Gene Barry's final film. He also appeared in the original 1953 film The War of the Worlds as Dr. Clayton Forrester.