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H.G. Wells' 1901 novel of the invasion of the Earth by Martians is brought to the screen with dazzling special effects.
1953 - Academy Awards - Best Special Effects Winner
Paul Frees - Actor
Gene Barry - American actor, BURKE'S LAW
Byron Haskin - American Director/Director Of Photography/Efx
Jack Kruschen - American Supporting Actor
George Pal - Producer/Director/Effects
Leith Stevens - Composer/Conductor
Ann Robinson - Actress/1950s
Henry Brandon - American actor, 1930s-1980s
Pierre Cressoy - Actor
H.G. Wells - British Novelist, WAR OF THE WORLDS, TIME MACHINE
Herbert George Wells - British Novelist, WAR OF THE WORLDS, TIME MACHINE
George Barnes - American Cinematographer
Everett Douglas - Editor
Hal Pereira - Production Designer
Houseley Stevenson - Character Actor\D. 1953
Les Tremayne - American Actor
Albert Nozaki - Art Director\"Buccaneer"
H. G. Wells' sci-fi classic about the invasion of Planet Earth by aggressive creatures from Mars. Arriving in green-glowing spaceships shaped like metallic stingrays, the Martians blast their atomizing death beams through most of the major cities in the world. What can save the Earth? The answer is simpler than mankind might ever have guessed.
Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Sound Recording, Best Editing. Academy Awards: Best Special Effects. Color by Technicolor. Additional cast: Houseley Stevenson Jr. (General Mann's Aide), Paul Frees (Radio Announcer), Bill Phipps (Wash Perry), Vernon Rich (Colonel Heffner), and Henry Brandon (Cop). Astronomical art by Chester Bonestell.
"...Dynamic fantasy holocaust, the INDEPENDENCE DAY of its day." -- Rating: A- - 09/20/1996 Entertainment Weekly, p.90
"...George Pal's primitive but Oscar winning special effects still look 'cool' in THE WAR OF THE WORLDS..." - 05/07/1999 USA Today, p.5E
"Paramount's Technicolor was the era's most vibrant, and Gordon Jennings' now-primitive Oscar-winning effects still look cool in this George Pal production." - 06/28/2005 USA Today, p.3D
"Watching the march of the Martian machines across our country, you're taken in not by the dazzling reality of the visual tricks but by their resourcefulness and charming artificiality." - 03/08/2012 Wall Street Journal