Independence Day (1996)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi


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The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive.


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21 August 2008 | Dario_Gino
8
| Still a great flick
This movie is TRULY one of the best and names itself the Science Fiction version of "Top Gun". The actors were great. Will Smith got "jiggy with it" as a hotshot F/A-18 pilot in the movie; Randy Quaid (the older brother of Dennis Quaid) proved to be the comic relief; Bill Pullman's character transformed from a President with the problem of a nation into a reborn veteran; and Jeff Goldblum became more brilliant than ever! The only difference between "Independence Day" and "Top Gun" is that the 2 adversaries were humans and aliens instead of Americans and Soviet pilots. Independence Day is really just patriotic drivel in means of plot and adventure. But the film comes into its best moments when the action sequences hit the screen. Buildings explode and men die in beautifully choreographed fashions that raise the bar for many modern action films today.

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Trivia

First of three "Independence Day" movies, with the second being Independence Day: Resurgence (2016), and the third, the planned [error], as it is currently known.


Quotes

SETI Chief: If this isn't an insanely beautiful woman, I'm hangin' up.
SETI technician: Sir, I - I- I think you should listen to this.


Goofs

(at around 1h 40 mins) In the first "RAF" F-16 scene, the tail number on the airframe in the background, WS690, was actually assigned to a Gloster Meteor NF.12 Night Fighter built by Armstrong Whithworth in the late 40s/early 50s.(Page 311 of British Military Aircraft Serials 1912-1966 by Bruce Robertson). Current UK Military serials begin with the letter "Z". Current tail numbers are painted in 12" high white characters on the rear fuselage, not the tail fin. The national markings are also incorrect, if the RAF had operated the F-16 the aircraft would have carried low visibility (pink and light blue) tactical roundels and tail cockades together with squadron markings on the fin and either side of the fuselage roundels.


Crazy Credits

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


Alternate Versions

In the original UK theatrical release during the closing sequence in the desert as Levinson (Goldblum) and Hiller (Smith) are walking towards the jeep, Hiller suggests to Levinson that he needs a new 'hero' walk and to swing his hips more. This dialogue, that explains Goldblum's odd walk, is missing from the video release


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About You
Written by Paul Plaggens, Josh Gordon & Kyle Baer
Performed by Greta
Courtesy of Mercury Records
By arrangement with PolyGram Film & TV Licensing

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Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,228,264 7 July 1996

Gross USA:

$306,169,268

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$817,400,891

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