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War of the Worlds, The (1953) Movie Information

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Sci-Fi, Drama





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Byron Haskin


Gene Barry
Ann Robinson
Les Tremayne
Robert Cornthwaite
Sandro Giglio
Lewis Martin





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A meteor hits in a small town outside of Los Angeles California. A scientist investigates only to discover the beginning of a deadly alien invasion.

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Chris Kavan 10/09/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Classic Sci-Fi effort. Despite its decided age with dated effects, this is still one of the better early efforts. It's not at all cheesy and actually has a decent story. A must for any fan of 50s sci-fi.

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Gabe 09/04/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Despite the mediocre acting and B-movie effects, this movie still was lacking something. I only reccomend this for the hard-core sci-fi movie fan.

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Alex 06/26/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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A decent sci fi pic with out dated special effects and bad acting. The concept is great and the execution is ok. It could have been better but 50's fans will appreciate it. Good?

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03/03/2009 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

War of the Worlds

Sadly, the original "War of the Worlds" (1953) was a very unfocused movie. It wavered between trying to be a character drama and a disaster movie, but it really failed at both.

For starters, the lead actor (Gene Barry) portrayed a smug, unlikable character. This made it hard for me to care whether or not he survived, or whether he and Ann Robinson would actually fell in love.

Without a core group of characters to care about, you are forced to focus on the disaster movie elements, which in this case involve a bunch of hovering spaceships blasting their way through Los Angeles and the rest of the world. Most of this plays in documentary/newsreel style in an attempt to recreate the success of the Orson Welles radio drama that created so much panic. If like me you are bored with the...

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