Production Company: Paramount / DreamWorks
Studio: Amblin Entertainment / Cruise Wagner Productions
Cast: Tom Cruise as Ray Ferrier, Dakota Fanning as Rachel Ferrier, Tim Robbins as Ogilvy, Miranda Otto as Mary Ann Ferrier, David Alan Basche as Tim, James DuMont, Yul Vazquez as Julio, Daniel Franzese, Tracy Howe as Mob Onlooker #1, Michalina Almindo as Refugee, Gerald Blakey as Extra, Justin Chatwin as Ray’s Son, Ambi Daniel as Refugee, Miguel Antonio Ferrer as Brazilian Neighbor, Stephen Gevedon as Neighbor, Rick Gonzalez, Tommy Guiffre as National Guardsman, David Harbour, Grant Hayes as Survivor, Amy Hohn, Elizabeth Jayne Hong, John Thompson Hopkins as Survivor, Priscilla Hopkins as Survivor, Johnny Kastl as Soldier, George Katt, January LaVoy as Brazilian Neighbor’s Wife, Christy Lee as Refugee, Riley G. Matthews Jr. as Newark Cop, Mariann Mayberry, Kirsten Nelson as Business Woman, Jorge Pallo as Army Private in Basket, Dempsey Pappion as Man in Basket #3, Rick Pisarro as Longshoremen, Sharrieff Pugh, Ann Robinson, Cory Rodriguez as Army Soldier, Camillia Sanes as News Producer, Rafael Sardina, John Scurti, Columbus Short as Soldier #4, Ty Keegan Simpkins as 3 year old boy, Channing Tatum as Boy in church scene, Lenny Venito as Manny, Travis Aaron Wade as Soldier and Michael Waldron as Newark Cop
Crew: Steven Spielberg (director); H.G. Wells (novel); David Koepp (screenplay); Duncan Clark (consulting producer); Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson (producers); Paula Wagner (executive producer)
On June 29th, 2005, Earth goes to war. From Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures comes War of the Worlds, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring international superstar Tom Cruise. A contemporary retelling of H.G. Wells’s seminal classic, the sci-fi adventure thriller reveals the extraordinary battle for the future of humankind through the eyes of one American family fighting to survive it. The film also stars Dakota Fanning, Miranda Otto, Justin Chatwin and Tim Robbins.
Tom Cruise stars as Ray Ferrier, a divorced dockworker and less-than-perfect father. Soon after his ex-wife (Miranda Otto) and her new husband drop off his teenage son Robbie (Justin Chatwin) and young daughter Rachel (Dakota Fanning) for a rare weekend visit, a strange and powerful lightning storm touches down.
Moments later, at an intersection near his house, Ray witnesses an extraordinary event that will change all their lives forever. A towering three-legged war machine emerges from deep beneath the earth and, before anyone can react, incinerates everything in sight. An ordinary day has suddenly become the most extraordinary event of their lifetimes – the first strike in a catastrophic alien attack on Earth.
Ray scrambles to get his children away from this merciless new enemy, embarking on a journey that will take them across the ravaged countryside, where they become caught in the desperate tide of refugees fleeing from an extraterrestrial army of Tripods.
But no matter where they run, there is no safety, no refuge … only Ray’s unconquerable will to protect the ones he loves.
Paramount Pictures and DreamWorks Pictures present an Amblin Entertainment/Cruise|Wagner Production, a Steven Spielberg film, War of the Worlds. Directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Josh Friedman and David Koepp, based on the novel by H. G. Wells, the film is produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Colin Wilson. The executive producer is Paula Wagner. The film also stars Dakota Fanning, Miranda Otto, Justin Chatwin and Tim Robbins. This film has been rated PG-13 for Frightening Sequences of Sci-Fi Violence and Disturbing Images.
Spielberg’s core filmmaking team, which has collaborated with the director on numerous projects, is led by director of photography Janusz Kaminski, ASC, production designer Rick Carter, editor Michael Kahn, A.C.E., and costume designer Joanna Johnston. Music is composed by John Williams. Visual effects and animation is by Industrial Light & Magic, led by senior visual effects supervisor Dennis Muren and visual effects supervisor Pablo Helman.
June 8, 2005 – As an exclusive to film site webmasters, Decca Records and Paramount have provided us with the first samples from the Official Soundtrack to the War of the Worlds. We also have a screenshot of the CD art work and a link to order the soundtrack.
Here is the soundtrack listing (WARNING: Some titles could be considered spoilers)
2. ESCAPE FROM THE CITY
3. REACHING THE COUNTRY
4. THE INTERSECTION SCENE
5. RAY AND RACHEL
6. THE FERRY SCENE
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 BASKET
14. THE REUNION
Music Composed and Conducted by John Williams
Prologue and Epilogue Narration by Morgan Freeman
Here are links to the exclusive sound clips from the CD:
Click HERE or on the CD cover art below, to order the soundtrack right now.
June 4, 2005 – Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds starring Tom Cruise will be having its world premiere in Tokyo, Japan on Monday 13 June, Stewart Till, Chairman and CEO of UIP confirmed today in London.
The cancellation mistakenly reported today was simply a change of venue. UIP Japan had originally planned the world premiere at the Budokhan however then decided sometime ago to relocate to the Virgin Roppongi given its more central and convenient location.
Paul Takaki, President of UIP Japan said today that he is extremely proud to be hosting the world premiere and looks forward greatly to welcoming Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning to Japan for this spectacular event on 13 June.
Tom Cruise will continue the promotion of War of the Worlds through Europe with premieres in Berlin, Marseille, London and Madrid. War of the Worlds opens worldwide on June 29.
Film Fetish trivia:
Filming began only seven months prior to its pending summer release date. In order to finish all 500+ CGI shots, Steven Spielberg did all the big action scenes in the early stages of shooting.
While filming in Bayonne, New Jersey, studio Paramount Pictures offered quick cash to residents who lived on First Street and Pointview Terrace to move their cars off the block, between a Tuesday and Friday. This was in order for the film crew to resume shooting.
War of the Worlds was initially estimated to have a 2007 release date, but was abruptly greenlit in mid-August 2004, for a 2005 release.
Taglines: They’re already here.
Official Websites: waroftheworlds.com
Release Dates: JUNE 29, 2005 / WORLDWIDE DATES HERE
Genre: ACTION / DRAMA / SCI-FI / THRILLER / ADVENTURE