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The War of the Worlds: Great Books (1994)

A look at H.G. Wells and specifically his novel, _The War of the Worlds_ and its influence on the future, and its initial intents. Included is a discussion of Wells's relationships with ... See full summary »

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Dale Minor

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Credited cast:
Leonard Nimoy ... Actor / Director / Spock / Narab
David Smith David Smith ... H.G. Wells Biographer
Brian Aldiss Brian Aldiss ... Science Fiction Writer
Michael Coren Michael Coren ... H.G. Wells Biographer
Michael Foot Michael Foot ... Former Leader of Britain's Labor Party
H.G. Wells ... Himself (commenting on freeing the air from politics) (archive footage)
Arden Albee Arden Albee ... Project Scientist, NASA Mars Mission (as Dr. Arden Albee)
Howard Koch Howard Koch ... Writer, The Mercury Theatre of the Air The War of the Worlds
Orson Welles ... Himself (explaining that the broadcast was of the H.G. Wells story) (archive footage)
William Shatner ... Captain James Tiberius Kirk (archive footage)
Leo Zoard Leo Zoard ... Himself (archive footage)
Albert Einstein ... Himself (archive footage)
Donald Sutherland ... Narrator (voice)
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David Bryan Jackson ... Protagonist (voice)
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A look at H.G. Wells and specifically his novel, _The War of the Worlds_ and its influence on the future, and its initial intents. Included is a discussion of Wells's relationships with women, his participation in society and his part in the development of the United Nations, and a comparison of the novel to the two most famous adaptations, including new interview footage with Howard Koch, the writer of the radio script. Also addressed is some of Wells's more controversial writings, which would be utilized in the 20th Century as tracts advocating genocide, as well as quotes from the smae material to show that interpretation as wrong. Written by Scott Andrew Hutchins <scottandrewh@comcast.net>

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