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Category: Action/Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mystery/Noir/Thriller, Sci-Fi/FantasyNotable as: Science FictionSub-Category: Doomsday film, Alien invasion, Science Fiction, Thriller, Disaster FilmMain subject: alien invasionNarrative location: Los AngelesRuntime: 82 - 85 minutesLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesFilming location: CaliforniaDirector: Byron HaskinScreenwriter: H. G. Wells, Barré LyndonBased on: The War of the WorldsMusic: Leith StevensCinematography: George BarnesStars: Gene Barry, Ann Robinson, Cedric Hardwicke, Les Tremayne, Edgar Barrier, Henry Brandon, Ivan Lebedeff, Jack Kruschen, Paul Frees, Robert Cornthwaite, Sandro Giglio, Walter Sande, William PhippsProducer: George PalStudio: Paramount PicturesAwards won: Academy Award for Best Special Effects
National Film Registry
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Everett Douglas)
Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Award details: (details at IMDb)

The War of the Worlds is a 1953 American Technicolor science fiction film from Paramount Pictures, produced by George Pal, directed by Byron Haskin, and starring Gene Barry and Ann Robinson. The film is a loose adaptation of the H. G. Wells novel of the same name, and is the first of five feature film adaptations of his famous 1898 novel concerning an invasion of Earth from the planet Mars. Large meteorite-spaceships come crashing down all over the Earth, disgorging Manta Ray-shaped Martian war machines armed with fearsome heat-ray and "skeleton" beam energy weapons; they slowly begin the route of humanity wherever they move.

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