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With a $71 million budget and mind-blowing special effects, INDEPENDENCE DAY is a grand, high-tech throwback to such films of the 1950s as THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL and WAR OF THE WORLDS. Here, aliens, in numerous gargantuan spaceships, arrive without warning and hover over the world's most important cities, creating global panic. The nasty visitors use death rays to blow New York, Washington D.C, and Los Angeles to smithereens. A handful of plucky Americans, including the Clinton-esque President (Bill Pullman), a gung-ho fighter pilot (Will Smith) and a computer geek named David (Jeff Goldblum), attempt to devise a strategy against the invaders.
On July 4th, their risky plan is put into effect, as dozens of fighter pilots (including the President) wage an assault on the spaceships. However, their success (and the fate of the world) depends on David, who is attempting to disarm the aliens's mothership.
1996 - Academy Awards - Best Visual Effects Winner
Roland Emmerich - Director
Bill Pullman - American actor
Vivica A. Fox - American Actress
Vivica Fox - American Actress
Judd Hirsch - American Actor, TAXI
Patrick Tatopoulos - Creature Designer, SILENT HILL (2006)
Ute Emmerich - Associate Producer
Randy Quaid - American Actor, THE LAST DETAIL
Robert Loggia - American actor, JAGGED EDGE
Mary McDonnell - American actor, DANCES WITH WOLVES/BATTLESTAR GALACTICA
David Arnold - Composer/"Stargate"
Margaret Colin - American TV/Film Actress
James Duval - Actor/"Totally F***Ed Up"
Harvey Fierstein - Playwright/Actor/Screenwriter
Karl Walter Lindenlaub - Director of Photography
David Brenner - Oscar Winning Editor, began in late '80s, Oliver Stone films
Lincoln D. Hiatt
Harry Connick Jr. - American Actor/Crooner
Jeff Goldblum - American actor
Will Smith - American actor/rap performer/producer
James Rebhorn - Supporting Actor
Joseph A. Porro - Costume Designer, ULTRAVIOLET (2006)
- Format: DVD
- Color Format: Color
- UPC: 024543173588
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
- Release Date: May 2016
INDEPENDENCE DAY is a pyrotechnic, futuristic, disaster, action mondo-adventure about aliens attacking Earth and humans giving them the big boot. When mountain-sized flying saucers open fire on the world's cities, a ragtag band of colorful characters sets out to bring the alien critters to their pseudopodic knees. Borrowing liberally from science fiction classics like WAR OF THE WORLDS and THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL and a host of disaster movies from TOWERING INFERNO to METEOR, ID4 maintains a mindless mission to entertain with dazzling special effects and unabashed feel-good charm. Academy Award Nominations: Best Sound, Best Visual Effects. Academy Awards: Best Visual Effects.
Released theatrically in the USA Tuesday July 2, 1996. Color by DeLuxe; in Super 35 Panavision widescreen; digitally mastered in THX. "Independence Day" earned $100 million at the box office in just seven days -- which is faster than any other film ever made. Additional cast: Ross Bagley (Dylan). Additional credits: Pamela Klamer and Julia Levine (set design); Terry Clotiaux (visual effects producer); Joseph Viskocil (miniature pyrotechnics/mechanical effects supervisor); Michael Joyce (model shop supervisor); Peter Winther (associate producer) and Jonathan Taylor (second unit camera).
"...For fun, fright and thrills, there's not a wilder joy ride around..." - 08/08/1996 Rolling Stone, p.68
"...INDEPENDENCE DAY fulfills the promise of the movies: to deliver the audience out of the everyday and into the sensational..." - 08/01/1996 Sight and Sound, p.53-4
"...A rousing state-of-the-art cartoon capped by an aerial-combat climax..." - 07/02/1996 USA Today, p.1D
"...Witty, of-the-moment fun." -- Rating: B+ - 08/09/1996 Entertainment Weekly, p.44
"...A spectacularly scaled mix of '50s-style alien invader science fiction, '70s disaster epics and all-season gung-ho military actioners..." - 07/01/1996 Variety