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War of the Worlds (2005)

Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller |

War of the Worlds is a American science fiction action film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Josh Friedman and David Koepp, loosely based on the 1898 similarly-titled novel by H. G. Wells and jointly produced and released by Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures. It stars Tom Cruise with Dakota Fanning, Justin Chatwin, Miranda Otto, and Tim Robbins in supporting roles. It also features narration by Morgan Freeman. The film follows an American dock worker who is forced to look after his children, from whom he lives separately, as he struggles to protect them and reunite them with their mother when extraterrestrials invade the Earth and devastate cities with giant war machines. This was Gene Barry’s final film before his retirement that year and his death in 2009.

The film was shot in 73 days, using five different sound stages as well as locations in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Virginia. The film was surrounded by a secrecy campaign so few details would be leaked before its release. Tie-in promotions were made with several companies, including Hitachi.

Divorced longshoreman Ray Ferrier works at a dock in Brooklyn, New York, and is estranged from his children: 10-year-old daughter Rachel, and teenage son Robbie. Ray’s pregnant ex-wife, Mary Ann, drops them off at his house in Bayonne, New Jersey, on her way to visit her parents in Boston.

Later, a strange storm occurs during which technology stops working and lightning strikes multiple times into the middle of a local intersection, disrupting all electricity. Ray joins the crowd at the scene of the impacts, where a massive “tripod” war machine emerges from the ground and uses powerful energy weapons to destroy the area, disintegrating most of the witnesses into a grey dust.

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writers: Josh Friedman (screenplay), David Koepp (screenplay), H.G. Wells (Novel)

Stars: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins, Miranda Otto, Justin Chatwin, Tim Robbins, Rick Gonzalez, Yul Vazquez


Tom CruiseRay Ferrier
Dakota FanningRachel Ferrier
Miranda OttoMary Ann
Justin ChatwinRobbie
Tim RobbinsHarlan Ogilvy
Rick GonzalezVincent
Yul VazquezJulio (as Yul Vázquez)
Lenny VenitoManny the Mechanic
Lisa Ann WalterBartender
Ann RobinsonGrandmother
Gene BarryGrandfather
David Alan BascheTim
Roz AbramsSelf
Michael BrownleeTV Reporter, Osaka
Camillia MonetNews Producer (as Camillia Sanes)
Marlon YoungNews Cameraman
John EddinsNews Van Driver
Peter GeretyHatch Boss / Load Manager
David HarbourDock Worker
Miguel Antonio FerrerBrazilian Neighbor
January LaVoyBrazilian Neighbor’s Wife
Stephen GevedonNeighbor with Lawnmower
Julie WhiteWoman
Marianne EbertHysterical Woman (as Marianni Ebert)
Rafael SardinaMechanic’s Assistant
Amy RyanNeighbor with Toddler
Ed VassalloIntersection Guy
Michael ArthurIntersection Guy
Danny HochIntersection Guy Cop
Sharrieff PughMan Studying Street
Erika LaVonnPhotographer
Christopher Evan WelchPhotographer
John Michael BolgerMan Holding Woman
Omar JermaineMan Holding Woman
Robert CicchiniGuy in Suit
Jim HannaBus Driver
Tracy HoweCrowd Onlooker
Adam Lazarre-WhiteCrowd Onlooker
Vito D’AmbrosioCrowd Onlooker
Zoe QuistCrowd Onlooker (as Laura Zoe Quist)
Ana Maria QuintanaCrowd Onlooker
Lorelei LleeCrowd Onlooker
Mark ManleyFerry Worker
John ScurtiFerry Captain
Becky Ann BakerDisaster Relief Volunteer
Mariann MayberryMother
Ty Simpkins3 Year Old Boy
Jerry WalshSmart Guy
Tommy GuiffreNational Guardsman
Daniel FranzeseNational Guardsman
Ed SchiffOlder Man
Ellen BarryWoman from Upstate
Amy HohnPanicky Woman
Dan ZiskieInformative Guy (as Daniel Ziskie)
David ConleyIll-Informed Guy
Daniel Eric GoldConspiracy Buff
Booker T. WashingtonConspiracy Debunker
Maggie LaceyUpset Mother
Eric ZuckermanDoomsday Guy
Daniel A. JacobsYounger Man
Asha R. NanavatiWoman in Crowd
Joaquin Perez-CampbellYoung Soldier in Tank
Dendrie TaylorWell Meaning Mother
James DuMontWell-Meaning Father
Travis Aaron WadeWar of the Worlds Soldier
Ben CiaramelloWar of the Worlds Soldier (as Ben Ciaramello)
Ricky LunaWar of the Worlds Soldier
Columbus ShortWar of the Worlds Soldier
Kent FaulconWar of the Worlds Soldier
Kevin CollinsMarine Major
Terry ThomasMarine Major
Clay BringhurstAirforce Pilot
Jorge-Luis PalloArmy Private
Suanne SpokeBusinesswoman
Kirsten NelsonBusinesswoman
Melody GarrettOlder Woman
Lauri JohnsonOlder Woman
Takayo FischerOlder Woman
Shanna CollinsTeenager
Elizabeth Jayne HongTeenager
Art ChudabalaMan in Basket
Jeffrey HutchinsonMan in Basket
Dempsey PappionMan in Basket
Chris ToddMan in Basket
Johnny KastlBoston Soldier
Juan Carlos HernándezBoston Soldier
Bruce W. Derdoski Jr.Boston Soldier
John N. MoralesBoston Soldier
Morgan FreemanNarration (voice)
Tom KennySpongeBob SquarePants (voice) (archive footage)
Lisa SampleBoston Survivor
Dylan AlfonsoHomeless Teen (uncredited)
Amir AllakSurvivor (uncredited)
Chad O. AllenRefugee (uncredited)
Eduardo AlvearPassenger (uncredited)
Dustin ArdineRefugee outside the Diner (uncredited)
Alan Kemper ArmaniSurvivor (uncredited)
Cass AsherSoldier (uncredited)
Claudia BarrosoPortuguese Woman (uncredited)
Gerald BlakeyRefugee (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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