Independence Day (1996)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 25 mins

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On July 2nd, communications systems worldwide are sent into chaos by a strange atmospheric interference. It is soon learned by the military that a number of enormous objects are on a collision course with Earth. At first thought to be meteors, they are later revealed to be gigantic spacecraft, piloted by a mysterious alien species. After attempts to communicate with the aliens go nowhere, David Levinson, an ex-scientist turned cable technician, discovers that the aliens are going to attack major points around the globe in less than a day. On July 3rd, the aliens all but obliterate New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, as well as Paris, London, Houston and Moscow. The survivors set out in convoys towards Area 51, a strange government testing ground where it is rumored the military has a captured alien spacecraft of their own. The survivors devise a plan to fight back against the enslaving aliens, and July 4th becomes the day humanity will fight for its freedom. July 4th is their Independence Day...
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Cast: Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Will Smith

Crew: Roland Emmerich (Director), Karl Walter Lindenlaub (Director of Photography), David Arnold (Music Director)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Release Dates: 03 Jul 1996 (India)

Tagline: We've always believed we weren't alone. On July 4th, we'll wish we were.

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Did you know? The film was banned in Lebanon under pressure from Hezbollah, because it included scenes where Israeli and Iraqi soldiers joined forces, in the montage where militaries around the world signed onto the U.S.'s plan to counter-attack the alien forces. In 1996 (and to the present day), Lebanon officially boycotts any form of entertainment that features Israelis. Read More
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as President Thomas J. Whitmore
as David Levinson
as Captain Steven Hiller
as Major Mitchell
as Captain Watson
as Dr. Brackish Okun
as Teddy
as Marty Gilbert
as Miguel
as Albert Nimziki
as Julius Levinson
as Tiffany
as Alicia
as Patricia Whitmore
as Intellectual on Roof
as Constance Spano
as First Lady Marilyn Whitmore
as Butler
as Redneck
as Russell Casse
as General William Grey
as Dylan




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Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Converted to 3D
We've always believed we weren't alone. On July 4th, we'll wish we were.
THESE extraterrestrials don't want to phone home...They want OUR home.
The day we'll fight back!
The doomsday ship
EARTH Take a good look. It could be your last.
Don't make plans for August.
The question of whether or not we are alone in the universe has been answered.
WARNING! Your next stop may not be there.
They only want one thing... DESTRUCTION!
Enjoy The Superbowl. It May Be Your Last (Superbowl Promo)
On July 2nd, they arrive. On July 3rd, they strike. On July 4th, we fight back.
Filming Locations:
New York City, New York, United States
Rachel, Nevada, United States
Skull Valley, Utah, United States
South Street & Pike Slip, Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Tooele, Utah, United States
Very Large Array, Socorro, New Mexico, United States
36 64th Street, West New York, New Jersey, United States
White Sands, New Mexico, United States
4th Street, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, United States
K Street Northwest & N Capitol Street Northwest, Washington DC, United States
4th Street Viaduct, Los Angeles, California, United States
6033 W 74th Street, Los Angeles, California, United States
Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Blue Ridge, Georgia, United States
Grants Pass, Oregon, United States
The Great Pyramids, Giza Plateau, Giza, Egypt
Reykjavík, Iceland
Quartzsite, Arizona, United States
2nd Street Tunnel between Hill and Figueroa, Los Angeles, California, United States
Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, United States
California, United States
Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya
Wendover Airport - 345 S. Airport Apron, Wendover, Utah, United States
Santa Clarita, California, United States
Biltmore Hotel - 506 S. Grand Avenue, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, United States
Church Street & Leonard Street, Tribeca, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Greene Street & Grand Street, Soho, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Kaiser Steel Mill, Fontana, California, United States
Lakepoint, Utah, United States
When Connie and David argue, David opens the refrigerator door, and we see several items (a milk carton and a few bottles) on the shelves inside the door. When Connie opens the refrigerator a moment later, those shelves are empty.

The interior of Russell's F-18 cockpit is depicted in two separate fashions when seen from his point of view. At times, his HUD is decorated with a photo of his three children. At others, the HUD is seen accompanied by a matchbook.

During the scene before the US counter-attack, the planes on the ground are F-14's, with the wings swept all the way back. However, the planes taking off and in the air are F-18s, which do not utilize a swept wing design.

In Area 51 a bottle of Bushmills Whiskey beside the fridge is square on to the camera, a few seconds later it has rotated 45 degrees.

When Steve gives David the cigar his fingers change from being held together to spread apart between shots.

As David and his father are driving into Washington D.C. the door lock over David's right shoulder changes back and forth from locked to unlocked depending on the shot.

Audio/Video Mismatch
The scientist's mouth never opens when he orders to "open the launch tunnel".

Audio/Video Mismatch
Miguel tells his younger brother to "Pack up, we're leaving," without moving his mouth.

Audio/Video Mismatch
When Marty (Harvey Fierstein) honks his car horn while trying to escape, the "honk honk" does not match the image of his hand pressing the horn.

Audio/Video Mismatch
At Area 51, the soldier shoots the alien at point blank range, and two shots are fired. The second shot is heard before he pulls the trigger.

Audio/Video Mismatch
At the beginning of the battle over Area 51, President Whitmore fires his first missile, which is destroyed by the alien ships shield. As he begins to fire the second, his instrument panel shows he has fired one, and has three left. But when it cuts to the outside his fighter jet, all 4 missiles are still intact. Also the missile fired the second time, is in the spot where the first missile was fired from.

Character Error
Farmer Lucas complains to Miguel Casse that his crop is failing because Russell Casse has not dusted his crop. He has a handful of wilted vegetation to prove his case. Dusting is typically for pests, wilting vegetation is typically from lack of water so that would not be Russell Casse's fault for not dusting but rather Lucas' fault for not watering.

Character Error
The map of Russia shown in "Sky News" (in Russian), shows the city of St. Petersburg as Petrograd, a name used only from 1914 until 1924 (it was called St. Petersburg 1703-1914, Leningrad 1924-1991, and St. Petersburg again ever since.) Other misspellings: Novosibirsk spelled "Novosyoyrsk" (and erroneously described as mountainous), "Fenomen" (phenomenon) spelled "Fznamenon". Inexplicably, the station is called Soviet News, even though the movie takes place some years after the abolition of the Soviet Union.

Character Error
When Marines Hiller & Wilder are getting ready to go up the first time, Hiller calls Wilder "soldier." Marines are not supposed to be called "soldier," especially by other Marines. Soldiers are Army.
The scene in which Will Smith drags the unconscious alien across the desert was filmed on the salt flats near Great Salt Lake in Utah. Smith's line, "And what the hell is that *smell*?" was unscripted. Great Salt Lake is home to tiny crustaceans called brine shrimp. When they die, the bodies sink to the bottom of the lake (which isn't very deep) and decompose. When the wind kicks up just right, the bottom mud is disturbed and the smell of millions of decaying brine shrimp can be very very bad. Apparently, nobody warned Will.

According to producer/co-writer Dean Devlin, the US military had agreed to support the film by allowing the crew to film at military bases, consulting the actors who have military roles, etc. However, after learning of the Area 51 references in the script, they withdrew their support.

Producer Dean Devlin said that well over half of the dialogue in the scenes Jeff Goldblum shared with Judd Hirsch and Will Smith was improvised.

The President's speech was filmed on 6 August 1995 in front of an old airplane hangar. The hangar once housed the Enola Gay, which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima exactly 50 years earlier on 6 August 1945.

Roland Emmerich admitted that during the movie's premiere at the White House, he gave his seat next to President Bill Clinton to Bill Pullman, fearing Clinton's reaction to the on-screen destruction of the White House.

Director Roland Emmerich was notified one day that Robert Loggia was very upset and refusing to leave his trailer. Days earlier, producer Dean Devlin accidentally suggested to Loggia that he watch Airplane! (1980) for inspiration when he actually intended to suggest Airport (1970). Not familiar with either film, Loggia rented Airplane! and after watching it thought that he had unknowingly been participating in the production of a "spoof" movie.

The film was banned in Lebanon under pressure from Hezbollah, because it included scenes where Israeli and Iraqi soldiers joined forces, in the montage where militaries around the world signed onto the U.S.'s plan to counter-attack the alien forces. In 1996 (and to the present day), Lebanon officially boycotts any form of entertainment that features Israelis.