The War of the Worlds

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The War of the Worlds

Updated from London 1890 to contemporary California, George Pal's version of the HG Wells novel still works pretty well, thanks to its attractive special effects. You can on occasion see the wires manipulating the Martian ships, but their graceful sting-ray design (replacing Wells' tripod conception) is sleekly sinister; the wholesale destruction of (miniature) cities is surprisingly convincing; and the one-eyed humanoid/octopoid alien with the sucker fingers is an engaging creation. Too bad about the wooden cast, the tackily conventional romance, and a draggy religious message; but at least, given the time it was made, it isn't imbued with Cold War hysteria.

By: TM

Release details

Rated: G
Release date: Wednesday August 26 1953
Duration: 85 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Byron Haskin
Screenwriter: Barré Lyndon
Cast: Gene Barry
Ann Robinson
Les Tremayne
Henry Brandon
Robert Cornthwaite
Jack Kruschen
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