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War of the Worlds (2005)

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War of the Worlds
War of The Worlds Poster.jpg
Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Release Date June 29, 2005
Language English
Studio Paramount Pictures
Dreamworks Pictures
Amblin Entertainment
Cruise/Wagner Productions
Distributor Paramount Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Ray Ferrier Tom Cruise
Rachel Ferrier Dakota Fanning
Mary Ann Ferrier Miranda Otto
Harlan Ogilvy Tim Robbins
Robbie Ferrier Justin Chatwin
Vincent Rick Gonzalez
Grandmother Ann Robinson
Grandfather Gene Barry

War of the Worlds is the 2005 science fiction thriller directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Cruise as Ray Ferrier, a dock worker who finds himself along with his two estranged children in the middle of an alien invasion of Earth. The movie is another feature film adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel The War of the Worlds, but like the famous 1953 adaptation, the 2005 version only uses certain aspects of the book, namely the nature of the invading aliens.

The following weapons were used in the film War of the Worlds:


Charter Arms Off Duty

Before leaving his house with his family, Ray Ferrier (Tom Cruise) grabs a Charter Arms Off Duty revolver from a case under his bed. He is later seen firing it into the air to disperse a mob swarming his commandeered minivan, but is forced to drop this gun when a carjacker steals the van. A bystander then picks up the revolver and shoots the carjacker with it, trying to steal the van himself.

Charter Arms Off Duty with Pachmayr Grips - .38 Special
Ray gets his Charter Arms Off Duty before leaving his home.
Closeup of the Charter Arms Off Duty in its' case at Ray's house.
Ray fires his Charter Arms Off Duty into the air to break up a mob swarming his minivan.
A bystander picks up Ray's revolver.

SIG-Sauer P226

A carjacker armed with a SIG-Sauer P226 steals the minivan Ray and his family are using by aiming his gun at Ray's head and forcing him to drop his revolver.

SIG-Sauer P226 - 9x19mm
A carjacker aims his SIG-Sauer P226 at Ray's head.


Colt M4A1

In several scenes, U.S. Army soldiers can be seen carrying M4A1 carbines, most notably while directing refugees through Boston near the end of the film. When an alien dies after its tripod is disabled, one of the soldiers uses the barrel of his M4A1 to lift and then drop the alien's arm to confirm it is truly dead. The M4A1s in the film are seen fitted with various accessories such as RIS foregrips, M68 Aimpoint, Trijicon ACOG, and AN/PVS-14 night vision scopes, C-More red dot sights, Surefire Universal weaponlights, and AN/PEQ-2 laser systems. They can also be seen in the hands of Marines during the hilltop battle scene.

M4A1- 5.56x45mm
A US soldier with an M4A1 Carbine in the foreground as he moves into position to attack the Tripods.
US soldiers hold their M4s on the tripod.
A US soldier holding his M4 at the ready. Note the 10th Mountain Division Combat Patch.
A US soldier approaches a dying alien with his M4A1 at the ready.

Colt M16A2

US military personnel appear carrying M16A2 rifles several times during the film; first in the Army convoy that passes by the Ferrier family, then in the hands of Marines in the hilltop battle scene.

M16A2 - 5.56x45mm
A soldier armed with an M16A2 in an Army truck (this rifle appears to have an RIS handguard with a Surefire Universal weaponlight instead of the standard A2 handguards).
An M16A2 can be seen behind Ray's shoulder.

Machine Guns

General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger

An A-10 Thunderbolt II with a GAU-8/A Avenger cannon is briefly seen flying over Ray just before the hilltop battle begins.

General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger - 30x173mm
The A-10 on the left.

General Electric M61A1 Vulcan

An F-16 Fighting Falcon with an M61A1 Vulcan cannon is briefly seen flying over Ray just before the hilltop battle begins.

GE M61 Vulcan Cannon - 20x102mm
The F-16 on the right.

M240 Machine Gun

In the scene where Ray and Robbie are arguing as the Army convoy passes, several M240 machine guns can be seen, both mounted on the vehicles and in the hands of some of the soldiers riding in them. Army and Marine Corps M1 Abrams tanks and Marine Corps LAV-25 armored personnel carriers are also equipped with M240 machine guns; the Abrams having an M240C coaxially-mounted next to the main gun and both the Abrams and LAV-25 having the M240D version mounted atop the turret.

M240B - 7.62x51mm NATO
The soldier with the glasses has an M240B while riding on the truck.
M240D - 7.62x51mm NATO
A US Marine fires the M240D machine gun mounted at the commander's hatch of his LAV-25 when counterattacking the tripods. An M240C machine gun can also be seen coaxially mounted next to the main gun on the M1A1 Abrams behind the LAV

Browning M2HB

The Browning M2HB heavy machine gun appears twice in the film; first mounted on US Army vehicles in a convoy that passes by the Ferriers, then on US Marine Corps vehicles in the hilltop battle scene, most notably on a burning Humvee rolling past Harlan Ogilvy's (Tim Robbins) house.

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
Browning M2HBs mounted on a Humvee and an M109 Paladin.
An M2HB Browning (missing an ammo box) mounted on a US Marine Corps M1A1 Abrams tank during the hilltop battle scene.

M249 SAW

Near the end of the film, a few US Army soldiers seen herding refugees through Boston and then taking down a tripod can be seen wielding an M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, most notably when surrounding the downed tripod when the pilot emerges and dies.

M249 SAW with 200-round ammo drum - 5.56x45mm
A soldier approaches a fallen tripod with his M249 SAW at the ready.

M242 Bushmaster Chaingun

During the hilltop battle scene, US Marine LAV-25s are seen, mounting an M242 Bushmaster chaingun as their primary armament.

M242 Bushmaster chaingun - 25x137mm
A USMC LAV-25 armed with an M242 Bushmaster chaingun counterattacking the tripods.

M197 Vulcan

During the hilltop battle scene, US Marine AH-1W Super Cobras can be seen armed with chin-mounted M197 Vulcans, though they only engage the off-screen tripods with Hellfire anti-tank missiles.

M197 Vulcan - 20x102mm
A group of USMC AH-1W Super Cobras armed with chin-mounted M197 Vulcans launch their rockets as they engage the tripods. Note that these are CGI aircraft as they lack the correct color scheme for real USMC helicopters and are missing the landing skids.


Winchester Model 1912

Harlan Ogilvy (Tim Robbins) is often be seen with a Winchester Model 1912 shotgun close by him, first seen holding it in the air following the hilltop battle scene to signal Ray and his daughter Rachel (Dakota Fanning) to him. He comes close to using it when some of the aliens are prowling around the basement of his house where he, Rachel, and Ray are hiding, but is stopped by Ray for fear that opening fire would reveal their location to the aliens.

Winchester Model 1912 Riot Gun - 12 gauge
Harlan holds his Winchester Model 1912 in the air.
Harlan readies his 1912.
Harlan loads his Winchester Model 1912.
Harlan surreptitiously aims his Model 1912 through a gap in a wall.

Rocket Launchers


During the hilltop battle scene, an M141 SMAW-D rocket launcher fitted with an AN/PVS-4 night-vision scope can be seen being fired by a US Marine at an off-screen tripod.

M141 SMAW-D launcher and HEDP rocket - 83mm
A Marine fires an M141 SMAW-D at an advancing tripod.

FGM-148 Javelin

Another weapon used in the final battle scene of the movie is the FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank guided missile launcher, used by US Army soldiers to attack a tripod. An Army squad leader is heard calling for one of his men to bring "the javelin". Despite the squad leader saying that the tripod will require a "top kill" (utilizing the missile's top-attack mode), the soldiers fire the missiles straight at the tripod, which the Javelin cannot actually do as even its direct attack profile climbs and descends diagonally.

FGM-148 Javelin - 127mm
A soldier running with an FGM-148 Javelin.
A soldier fires his Javelin at the tripod. The minimum range of the Javelin is 65 meters (213 feet) in direct attack mode: closer than this, the warhead would not have armed.
A closer view of the Javelin.


When the Army convoy is passing by the Ferriers, several Humvees can be seen with BGM-71 TOW launchers mounted on them. A few TOW launchers can also be seen on Marine Corps Humvees during the hilltop battle scene.

BGM-71 TOW mounted on Humvee - 152mm
A soldier wearing a 29th Infantry Div. Patch glances at Robbie while manning a BGM-71 TOW mounted on a Humvee.

Carl Gustav M2

In the final battle scene, US Army soldiers can be seen firing several Carl Gustav recoilless rifles at the tripod. The squad leader specifically refers to them as a "Gustav". Even though this weapon is only used by special forces units in the US military, not regular infantry as shown in the film, when aliens attack, it can be assumed you scavenge what you can.

Carl Gustav M2 - 84x246mm R
A soldier fires a Carl Gustav recoilless rifle.

Grenade Launchers

M203 Grenade Launcher

Near the end of the film, several US Army soldiers in Boston can be seen with M203 grenade launchers mounted on their M4A1s.

M4A1 with an under-slung M203 - 40x46mm
On the left, a soldier points his M4A1 carbine mounted with an M203 Grenade Launcher.

RM Equipment M203PI

At least one of the US soldiers at the end of the film uses an RM Equipment M203PI mounted to his M4A1 with a SOLA (Snap-On Launcher Assembly) interbar.

RM Equipment M203PI attached to an AR-15 carbine with a SOLA (Snap-On Launcher Assembly) interbar - 40x46mm
Soldier with an M203PI mounted on his M4A1 in the foreground.
A soldier with an M203PI mounted on his M4A1 carbine in the background. Visible in this shot is the horizontal groove on the frame of the grenade launcher which identifies it as an M203PI.

Mk 19 Grenade Launcher

When Robbie Ferrier (Justin Chatwin) attempts to hitch a ride with a passing US Army convoy, one of the passing Humvees can be seen with a Mk 19 grenade launcher mounted on top.

Mk 19 grenade launcher in vehicle mounting - 40x53mm
A Mk 19 grenade launcher mounted on an Army Humvee passing by the arguing Ferriers.


M67 Hand Grenade

In the scene where Rachel is captured by one of the tripods, Ray Ferrier finds a bandolier of M67 hand grenades in an abandoned Humvee and throws one at the tripod to get its attention. Once captured by the tripod, he uses the rest of the grenades to destroy it from the inside out.

M67 high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
A bandolier of M67 HE-frag hand grenades.
Ray takes out an M67 hand grenade and uses it to get the tripod's attention.
Ray spits out the pins from a pair of M67 grenades.

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