The War of the Worlds

Corrected entry: At the beginning of the movie, a narrator explains why the Martians considered Earth the place to inhabit and not the other planets in our solar system. For some reason, he leaves out Venus.

Larry Koehn

Correction: The narrator never says "solar system" but that the Martians looked "across space", so leaving out Venus means nothing. After naming Mercury the narrator says "of all the worlds the Martians could see and study..." suggesting that more than just Venus was left off the list of worlds Martians looked at.


Corrected entry: The first appearance of the Martian machinery is the 'Cobra head/Skeleton Ray' that appears from out of the cylinder after the top unscrews and falls to the ground. The size of the hole that the 'Cobra' is protruding through is far too small for the remainder of the Martian war machine to have been able to exit from.

Correction: We don't know how the vessel was assembled. It could be designed to split in half, and the small hatch was for scouting the area before the alien ship emerged from the vessel.

Corrected entry: During the first big battle between the Martians & the U.S. Army, the Martians use their heat ray to vaporise people and equipment. Dr. Forrester, a physicist, then quickly speculates, "It neutralises mesons somehow. They're the atomic glue holding matter together. Cut across their magnetic lines of force and any object will simply cease to exist." During the '50s mesons were theorised to hold atomic nuclei together strongly. But if the Martian rays worked as the Dr. guessed, then objects wouldn't just vaporise. They'd explode with the ferocity of nuclear weapons.

Correction: The character made a mistake in his quick guess. Character mistakes are not movie mistakes.


Corrected entry: Gene Barry swings an axe at a Martian camera (tri-lens) without ever touching it and yet it falls down. He does strike a beam just to the right of the camera which is at the same level and then they both fall at the same time - how convenient. (00:51:20)

Larry Koehn

Correction: This is not a mistake. When the professor swings the axe it knocks down the beam, which traps the Martian camera's neck. While the neck is trapped he dismembers it with the axe.

Corrected entry: All the people begin leaving the church after the Martian saucer crashes. How did they all know it was safe to go outside within moments after the crash? (01:22:15)

Larry Koehn

Correction: Firstly, they don't leave IMMEDIATELY. Secondly, You can hear Dr. Forrester say "It's quiet. Maybe they have gone." - They left because there were suddenly no explosions and loud noise.

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Gene Barry and Ann Robinson are taking refuge in the house, a meteor hits the house, they recover, and act like nothing is wrong. Yet earlier in the movie, it was said that when the meteors first crashed they were too hot to get close to.

Correction: If you watch the scene, the 'Meteor' skids along the ground and builds a pile of earth between it and the house. Soil is actually quite a good thermal insulator, so its possible the earth bank shielded them.

Corrected entry: Martians die at the end of the film because of the bacteria in our atmosphere. Martians are living organisms (they had anemic blood in the movie), so why weren't humans affected adversely by the Martian bacteria?

Larry Koehn

Correction: Perhaps the human immune system is better at killing them than the Martian immune system (if there is such a thing) is at dealing with Earth bacteria.


Continuity mistake: When Sylvia and Dr. Forrester are in the farm house, Sylvia cooks some eggs, then places the plates of eggs on the table. As she places them down you can see a plate with toast stacked on it. This plate disappears in the next shot of them both sitting down. (00:42:40)

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Commentary: The Martians had calculated their descent with amazing perfection and subtlety. As more of their cylinders came from the mysterious depths of space, their war machines, awesome in their power and complexity, created a wave of fear throughout the world.

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Trivia: Steven Spielberg saw this film when he was a child and was fascinated by the Martians. He later based E.T. from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) on them.

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