|War of the Worlds 1953 N/R, 85 min.|
Genre: Sci-Fi / Action / Horror / Thriller
Director: Byron Haskin
Cast: Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Les Tremayne, Lewis Martin, Cedric Hardwicke, Robert Cornthwaite, Jack Kruschen, Henry Brandon, Sandro Giglio, William Phipps, Houseley Stevenson Jr., Paul Frees, Vernon Rich, Cedric Hardwicke
This imaginative film relates the H.G. Wells story about a Martian invasion and earned the Academy Award for Best Special Effects. What looks like a meteor crashes on Earth while a crowd, including Dr. Clayton Forrester (Gene Barry) and Sylvia Van Buren (Ann Robinson), watches. The object is too hot to investigate, and it turns out to be a Martian spaceship. When the Martians invade and destroy cities, the military attacks; but, even the atomic bomb does not stop them. The invasion is finally stopped short when a bacteria invades the aliens' bloodstreams.
|War of the Worlds 2005 PG-13, 117 min.|
Genre: Action / Sci-Fi / Adventure / Drama / Thriller
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, Miranda Otto, Tim Robbins, David Alan Basche, Yul Vazquez, Rick Gonzalez, Lenny Venito, Lisa Ann Walter, Daniel Franzese, Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Roz Abrams, Michael Brownlee
Adapted from H.G. Wells' 1898 novel, this story involves a deadbeat father, Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise), trying to regain a relationship with his children–Robbie (Justin Chatwin) and Rachel (Dakota Fanning)–when a three-legged alien that attacks humans appears on the scene. Will Ray be able to save his kids? Three Academy Award nominations were received (Best Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects).
|War of the Worlds (1953)|
|War of the Worlds (2005)|
|Oscars: Best Director for Schindler's List (1993), Best Director for Saving Private Ryan (1998)|
|Oscar: Best Supporting Actor for Mystic River (2003)|
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