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War of the Worlds (2005 film)

This Summer, the last war on Earth won’t be started by humans.

War of the Worlds is a 2005 American science-fiction action film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Josh Friedman and David Koepp, loosely based on the similarly-titled novel by H. G. Wells and jointly produced and released by Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures. It stars Tom CruiseDakota FanningJustin ChatwinMiranda Otto, and Tim Robbins, with narration by Morgan Freeman. In the film, an American dock worker 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 towering 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 CaliforniaConnecticutNew JerseyNew 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.

War of the Worlds was released in the United States on June 29, 2005 and in United Kingdom on July 1, 2005, by Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures. The film received generally positive reviews from critics, with many praising the performances (particularly those of Cruise and Fanning), Spielberg’s direction, screenplay, action sequences and visual effects, and was a box office success, becoming 2005’s fourth most successful film both domestically and worldwide, with $234 million in North America, and $591 million overall. The film earned three Academy Awards nominations for Best Visual EffectsBest Sound Mixing, and Best Sound Editing.

An alien hand holds Earth, that is engulfed in flame. A red weed surrounds the hand. Above the image is the film's title, WAR OF THE WORLDS and the main actor, TOM CRUISE. Below is the release date, June 29, and the cast and crew credits. War of the Worlds
North American theatrical release poster
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