The War of the Worlds (movie, 2005)

War of the Worlds (written in English, War of the Worlds ) is an American film of science fiction of Steven Spielberg , released in 2005 .

It is one of four adaptations of HG Wells’ novel of the same name .


Ray Ferrier is a divorced father living in New Jersey , a suburb of New York . One morning, his ex-wife entrusts him with the care of their two children, Rachel and Robbie, for a few days. But the same evening, a storm breaks out and triggers strange phenomena like the total stopping of the vehicles because of electromagnetic flashes . Soon, huge mechanical machines emerge from beneath the earth and disintegrate human beings in total chaos.

One of the sets of the film: the fall of a Boeing 747 devastated half of the house.

Ray and his children manage to survive in one of the few cars that have been repaired. He thinks he will find refuge with his ex-wife, but she has already left for Boston and the house is empty. During the night, a Boeing 747 crashes into the neighborhood. In the midst of the debris, a team of journalists teaches them that alien creatures are behind the events and that the world is already in ruins. Finally, they discover that the US military, despite its firepower, is crushed at each confrontation with the extraterrestrials. Ray, Rachel and Robbie decide to travel to Boston, going through a series of trials that will bring them together and separate them.

Technical sheet

  • Original title: War of the Worlds
  • French title: La Guerre des mondes
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Scenario: Josh Friedman and David Koepp , based on the work of HG Wells
  • Sets: Rick Carter
  • Costumes: Joanna Johnston
  • Photo: Janusz Kamiński
  • Editing: Michael Kahn
  • Music: John Williams
  • Production: Kathleen Kennedy , Colin Wilson
Delegate Producers: Damian Collier and Paula Wagner
  • Production Companies: Cruise / Wagner Productions , DreamWorks SKG , Paramount Pictures , Amblin Entertainment
  • Distribution companies:
    • United States: Paramount Pictures
    • France : United International Pictures
  • Format: Color – 35 mm – 1.85: 1 – Dolby DTS
  • Genre: science fiction
  • Duration: 116 minutes
  • Original language: English
  • Country of origin: United States
  • Budget: 132 million USD
  • Global Revenues: $ 591,745,540
  • Release dates 1 :
United States : 
La France : 
  • Certification:
United States: PG-13 not recommended for children under 13
France: all audiences


  • Tom Cruise (VF: Jean-Philippe Puymartin ) : Ray Ferrier
  • Dakota Fanning (VF: Camille Donda ) : Rachel Ferrier
  • Justin Chatwin (VF: Alexis Tomassian ) : Robbie Ferrier
  • Miranda Otto (VF: Rafael Moutier ) : Mary Ann Davis
  • Tim Robbins (VF: Emmanuel Jacomy ) : Harlan Ogilvy
  • Rick Gonzalez : Vincent
  • Yul Vazquez : Julio
  • Lenny Venito (VF: Jean-Claude Sachot ) : Manny
  • David Alan Basche : Tim
  • Lisa Ann Walter : Cheryl
  • Ann Robinson : The grandmother
  • Gene Barry : The grandfather
  • Roz Abrams : She herself
  • Morgan Freeman (VF: Benoît Allemane ) : The narrator
  • Kirsten Nelson : A businesswoman
  • Amy Ryan : The neighbor with the baby


War of the Worlds
Soundtrack of John Williams
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Kind Classic Pop Rock
Producer John Williams
Label Decca Records

AllMusic  Link

Albums by John Williams

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  1. Prologue
  2. The Ferry Scene
  3. Reaching the Country
  4. The Intersection Scene
  5. Ray and Rachel
  6. Escape from the City
  7. Probing the Basement
  8. Refugee Status
  9. The Attack on the Car
  10. The Separation of the Family
  11. The Confrontation with Ogilvy
  12. The Return to Boston
  13. Escape from the Basketball
  14. The Reunion
  15. Epilogue
  16. End
Other songs not featured on the album
  • Little Deuce Cup (Brian Wilson and Roger Christian)
  • Hushabye Mountain (Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman)
  • Flatline (Jeffrey Scott Harber, Jayce Basques Alexander, William Peng and Drew Dehaven Hall) performed by Aphasia
  • If I Ruled the World (Leslie Bricusse and Cyril Ornadel) performed by Tony Bennett (Columbia Records)
  • Nobody Move (Benjamin Mallon, Ashby Michael, William Sherwin, Joy Eric, Omari Edwards and Glenn Kuchenbeiser) performed by Capstone
  • Enigma Vibe 2 (Nicholas Carr) performed by Nicholas Carr
  • Sailor Moon BGM (Arisawa Takanori)
  • Fa Wat (Christopher Shawn King) performed by Kriz Kang
  • Infierno (Santino) performed by Santino

Awards and Appointments

  • Film Oscar 2006 2 : nominations for the best sound mix , best sound editing , best visual effects
  • Razzie Awards 2006: Appointment in the worst actor category for Tom Cruise
  • Saturn Awards 2006 Best Young Actress for Dakota Fanning
  • Critics’ Choice Movie Awards 2006 Best Young Actress for Dakota Fanning
  • 2006 Sierra Award for Best Young Actor for Dakota Fanning
  • MTV Movie Award 2006: Appointment to the Best Scary Delivery for Dakota Fanning
  • Elected th best film of the decade 2000-2009 by Cahiers du Cinema 3
The decor of the airliner at Universal Studios in Hollywood.

Around the film

  • It’s Tom Cruise’s movie that brought in the most money. This success is mainly attributed to the media hype surrounding the star during this period, about Katie Holmes and her links with Scientology . Moreover, many critics blame Tom Cruise’s presence and accuse him of introducing Scientology references in the film, such as the film’s original poster, showing an extraterrestrial hand holding Earth at the fingertips, which looks like Strangely on the cover of The Invaders Plans , written by L. Ron Hubbard , the founder of Scientology.
  • Other spectators think they detect disguised references to the Shoah introduced by Steven Spielberg, especially with the train of death in flames or the rain of clothes falling from one of the tripods.
  • Steven Spielberg also stated 4 that he would never re-engage Tom Cruise , since he preferred to talk about Scientology rather than promoting the film.
  • We can see the scene of the plane in an episode of Experts , episode 16 of season 8, The Downside .
  • The grandparents who appear at the end of the film, played by Gene Barry and Ann Robinson, are the main actors in the first film The War of the Worlds, released in 1953. Spielberg insisted that these actors make an appearance in the film.
  • Harlan Ogilvy, the character played by Tim Robbins in this film, takes the name of ” the well-known astronomer ” mentioned by the narrator in the opening pages of HG Wells’ original work .
  • We see an episode of SpongeBob when Rachel is watching television.

Notes and references

  1. ↑ Release dates  [ archive ] – Internet Movie Database
  2. ↑ (in) Distinctions  [ archive ] – Internet Movie Database
  3. ↑ Cahiers du cinema , o 652, January 2010.  [ archive ]
  4. ↑  [ archive ]

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