History Film / TheWarOfTheWorlds

21st Jul '16 6:13:38 AM Arivne
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* PragmaticAdaptation: The original novel took place in late 1800's England and the aliens piloted towering tripod walkers. This film takes place in 1950's California, and the aliens pilot hovering manta-ray/scorpion spacecraft.

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* PragmaticAdaptation: PragmaticAdaptation
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The original novel took place in late 1800's England and the aliens piloted towering tripod walkers. This film takes place in 1950's California, and the aliens pilot hovering manta-ray/scorpion spacecraft.
21st May '16 6:10:48 PM marcoasalazarm
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* ReligionIsWrong: Averted in a strange way. The source material (at least the second half) is a firm criticism of religion, and there are religious characters who eventually turn out unhinged and dangerous in the wake of the invasion. The film is almost the complete opposite - the main religious character is kind and righteous and is given a meaningful death, and the closing narration comments on how the smallest creatures of God's kingdom defeated the invaders.

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* ReligionIsWrong: Averted in a strange way. The source material (at least the second half) is a firm criticism of religion, and there are religious characters who eventually turn out unhinged and dangerous in the wake of the invasion. The film is almost the complete opposite - the main religious character is kind and righteous and is given a meaningful death, death (one that shows that the Martians are incapable to be approached in any peaceful fashion), and the closing narration comments on how the smallest creatures of God's kingdom defeated the invaders.
7th May '16 6:13:52 PM JackG
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* CoolPlane: A Northrop B-49 flying wing is used to drop the nuke on the Martians.
26th Mar '16 7:44:03 PM LtFedora
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* NuclearCandle: When the lights go out at the square dance, one of these is lit - lighting the room far brighter than a candle should.
* NukeEm: The military tries to kill one of the tripods using a nuke, when all other weapons have been exhausted. When the shields of the Martians turns that into a NoSell, Forrester says that attacking the machines is of no use, and they need to focus on trying to kill the Martians themselves (through biological warfare).

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* NuclearCandle: When the lights go out at the square dance, one of these is lit - lighting the room far brighter than a candle should.
* NukeEm: The military tries to kill one
ManOnFire: One of the tripods using Marines takes a nuke, when all other weapons have been exhausted. When the shields of the Martians turns that into glancing bolt from a NoSell, Forrester says that attacking the machines is of no use, and they need to focus on trying to kill the Martians themselves (through biological warfare).heat-ray.


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* NuclearCandle: When the lights go out at the square dance, one of these is lit - lighting the room far brighter than a candle should.
* NukeEm: The military tries to kill one of the tripods using a nuke, when all other weapons have been exhausted. When the shields of the Martians turns that into a NoSell, Forrester says that attacking the machines is of no use, and they need to focus on trying to kill the Martians themselves (through biological warfare).
4th Feb '16 7:15:52 AM SpaceHunterM
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* MythologyGag: The scene where the reporter's transmission is cut short during the plane observation by his equipment getting destroyed by the heat-ray is a deliberate reference to Carl Phillips' fate from the 1938 radio adaptation.
18th Jan '16 9:30:09 AM DeisTheAlcano
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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: As one police officer phones in a report the companion peeks at his playing cards.
** Fire watchers, actually. Pre-satellite observation, many areas had fire watch towers manned by Federal or state personnel to keep an eye out for forest fires. They also assisted in search-and-rescue operations.

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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: As one police officer a fire watcher phones in a report the his companion peeks at his playing cards.
** Fire watchers, actually. Pre-satellite observation, many areas had fire watch towers manned by Federal or state personnel to keep an eye out for forest fires. They also assisted in search-and-rescue operations.
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12th Dec '15 6:58:17 AM Sharlee
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* WarRoom: We're treated to a war room in the Pentagon, including a [[TheBigBoard map of the world]] with small black triangles indicating areas that have been wiped out by the Martians.

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* WarRoom: We're treated to a war room in the Pentagon, including a [[TheBigBoard map of the world]] with [[SpreadingDisasterMapGraphic small black triangles indicating areas that have been wiped out out]] by the Martians.
25th Nov '15 3:02:06 PM Specialist290
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* XRaySparks: One unfortunate Marine gets hit by a Martian DisintegratorRay right in front of the camera. As the ray takes effect, his skeleton shows through the glow of his profile before he vanishes into nothingness.

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* XRaySparks: One unfortunate Marine gets hit by a Martian DisintegratorRay right in front of the camera. As the ray takes effect, his skeleton shows through the glow of his profile glowing silhouette before he vanishes into nothingness.
25th Nov '15 3:01:45 PM Specialist290
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* XRaySparks: One unfortunate Marine gets hit by a Martian DisintegratorRay right in front of the camera. As the ray takes effect, his skeleton shows through the glow of his profile before he vanishes into nothingness.
31st Oct '15 5:22:55 PM RustyBill
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** Fire watchers, actually. Pre-satellite observation, many areas had fire watch towers manned by Federal or state personnel to keep an eye out for forest fires. They also assisted in search-and-rescue operations.
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