Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Independence Day 1996

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Users: (161,226 votes) 733 reviews | Critics: 137 reviews Metascore: 59/100 (based on 18 reviews from Metacritic.com)
The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy. Fighting superior technology, Man's best weapon is the will to survive.


Roland Emmerich


Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Smith ...
Bill Pullman ...
Jeff Goldblum ...
Mary McDonnell ...
Judd Hirsch ...
Robert Loggia ...
Randy Quaid ...
Margaret Colin ...
Vivica A. Fox ...
James Rebhorn ...
Harvey Fierstein ...
Adam Baldwin ...
Brent Spiner ...
James Duval ...
Lisa Jakub ...


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. 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... Written by Gustaf Molin <gumo@hem2.passagen.se>  
Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

Alien | Spaceship | Spacecraft | Area 51 | Weapon  | See more »


On July 2nd, they arrive. On July 3rd, they strike. On July 4th, we fight back. See more »


Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sci-fi destruction and violence. See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

October 1996 (Egypt) See more »

Also Known As:

ID4 See more »

Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$50,228,264 (USA) (7 July 1996) (2 Screens)


$817,400,891 (Worldwide) (1997)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


145 min  | USA: 153 min (special edition)

Sound Mix:

DTS 70 mm (70 mm prints) (Europe) | DTS (35 mm prints) | Dolby Digital (35 mm prints) | SDDS (35 mm prints)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Down 37% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro

Did You Know?


Will Smith's squadron were stationed at El Toro air base. This is the same name as the air base from which the Flying Wing Bomber flew out of to drop the A-bomb on the Martians in the movie The War of the Worlds. El Toro Marine Corps Air Station was a real air base in Orange County, California, from 1943 until its decommissioning in 1999. See more »


Factual errors: During the interior scene of the supposed AWACS, the flight engineer panel shown is that of a 135, not an E-3. The panel of the E-3 is streamlined with push buttons; also, the pan shot from the aft of the aircraft is showing the seating inside the aircraft incorrectly. See more »


[first lines]
SETI Chief: [answering telephone] If this isn't an insanely beautiful woman, I'm hangin' up.
SETI technician: Sir, I - I- I think you should listen to this.
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Crazy Credits

"Animal action was monitored by the American Humane Association.
No animals or aliens were harmed in the making of this film." See more »


"About You"
Written by Paul Plaggens, Josh Gordon & Kyle Baer
Performed by Greta
Courtesy of Mercury Records by arrangement with Polygram
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Frequently Asked Questions

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User Reviews

Just a good bit of fun!!
14 January 2010 | by stedmpy (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews
I don't usually comment on this, I don't like to portray a movie as being good or bad just on my opinion, as everyone has their own tastes and needs when it comes to cinema. But god damn, why do so many people hate this film.

Firstly, this is not a serious film, it has never happened nor will it ever. This film is just damn good fun to watch...the explosions, the suspense, the cheesy one-liners...its not trying to tell you that aliens are coming to blow the s**t of of us...its entertainment. To all the people here that have said this is the worst movie ever...you guys need need to watch more movies, because if this is the worst movie ever then im Santa clause! To put it simply, this is 2 and a half hours of fun filled, edge of the seat (occasionally have a laugh) action...and nothing else.

Why cant people just enjoy a independence day for what it is (as mentioned above)...not why its improbable etc etc etc we all know that duh! This film is entertaining, full stop!! and thats all its supposed to be.

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