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War of the Worlds (2005)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Sci-Fi | 29 June 2005 (USA)
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As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival in this sci-fi action film.

Director:

Steven Spielberg

Writers:

Josh Friedman (screenplay), David Koepp (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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432 ( 47)
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 45 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Ray Ferrier
Dakota Fanning ... Rachel Ferrier
Miranda Otto ... Mary Ann
Justin Chatwin ... Robbie
Tim Robbins ... Harlan Ogilvy
Rick Gonzalez ... Vincent
Yul Vazquez ... Julio (as Yul Vázquez)
Lenny Venito ... Manny the Mechanic
Lisa Ann Walter ... Bartender
Ann Robinson ... Grandmother
Gene Barry ... Grandfather
David Alan Basche ... Tim
Roz Abrams Roz Abrams ... Herself
Michael Brownlee Michael Brownlee ... TV Reporter, Osaka
Camillia Monet ... News Producer (as Camillia Sanes)
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Storyline

An ordinary man has to protect his children against alien invaders in this science fiction action film freely adapted from the classic story by H.G. Wells. Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) is a dockworker living in New Jersey, divorced from his first wife Mary Ann (Miranda Otto) and estranged from his two children Rachel and Robbie (Dakota Fanning and Justin Chatwin), of whom he has custody on weekends. On one such visitation, looking after the kids becomes a little more difficult when, after a series of strange lighting storms hit his neighborhood, Ray discovers that a fleet of death-ray robotic spaceships have emerged nearby, part of the first wave of an all-out alien invasion of the Earth. Transporting his children from New York to Boston in an attempt to find safety at Mary Ann's parents' house, Ray must learn to become the protector and provider he never was in marriage.

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Genres:

Adventure | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for frightening sequences of sci-fi violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 June 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Out of the Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Athens, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$132,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$64,878,725, 3 July 2005

Gross USA:

$234,280,354

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$591,745,532
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Before David Koepp was hired, Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise asked J.J. Abrams to write the script. But, he had to turn it down, as he was working on the pilot for Lost (2004) at the time. See more »

Goofs

When Ray and the kids are driving down the freeway, there are several cars stopped randomly so they have to swerve a lot. But when it shows them inside the car, talking, they are driving perfectly straight. When it shows them from the outside again, the random cars are back and they start swerving again. See more »

Quotes

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Narrator: No one would have believed in the early years of the 21st century that our world was being watched by intelligences greater than our own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns, *they* observed and studied, the way a man with a microscope might scrutinize the creatures that swarm and multiply in a drop of water. With infinite complacency, men went to and fro about the globe, confident of our empire over this world. Yet across the gulf of space, intellects vast ...
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There are no opening credits after the title is shown. See more »

Alternate Versions

For the U.S. theatrical release, the Paramount logo appeared before the Dreamworks logo at the beginning of the film, and the poster credits said, "Paramount Pictures and Dreamworks Pictures present." Since the U.S. version's home video/DVD rights are owned by Dreamworks, the Dreamworks logo at the beginning of the movie appears before the Paramount logo, and the back of the box's cover art says, "Dreamworks Pictures and Paramount Pictures present." In the European version, the original order of the logos and studio names is preserved (and the DVD is released by Paramount). See more »

Connections

Featured in The 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

If I Ruled the World
by Leslie Bricusse & Cyril Ornadel
Performed by Tony Bennett
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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User Reviews

 
This is a Good Remake...See it for what is is
6 March 2006 | by LAKERS34See all my reviews

My Lord...We go out of our way to hate Tom Cruise because he's fallen in love with a younger, attractive, successful actress and lets the world know about it... We disagree with his religious principals and think he's a nut... We're jealous because he's 40 something, wealthy, and on top of the world... So let's vote this film Worst of 2005...I don't think so...

This is an exciting, scary, action-packed film... Cruise's performance as a dead-beat dad who gets it together was not over the top; had he made this film 10 or 15 years ago it no doubt would have been received very differently. This is Science-Fiction/Horror/Fantasy at its best and an original spin on classic material. Orson Welles would have been proud of this effort; Every important point in his original radio play in 1938 is addressed here and a truly stark film showing Man at the mercy of Martians is what we have. Excellent special effects also! Bravo! I suppose Cruise's upcoming Mission Impossible III will be voted Worst of 2006...


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