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 President's speech was filmed on the 6th of August 1995 in front of an old airplane hangar that once housed the Enola Gay, which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima exactly 50 years earlier. 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
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
Converted to 3D
Taglines:
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
Goofs:
Audio/Video Mismatch
The scientist's mouth never opens when he orders to "open the launch tunnel".
Trivia:
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. Well over half of the dialogues in the scenes between Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch and Will Smith shared were improvised.

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

Roland Emmerich admitted that he gave his seat next to President Bill Clinton to Bill Pullman as he feared Clinton's reaction to the on-screen destruction of the Whilte House.