PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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.
The film cast includes six Oscar nominees: Jeff Goldblum, Will Smith, Robert Loggia, Mary McDonnell, Randy Quaid and Judd Hirsch.
If this isn't an insanely beautiful woman, I'm hangin' up.
SETI technician: Sir, I - I- I think you should listen to this.
The Commanding Officer of the Black Knight Squadron is shown wearing Lieutenant Colonel oak leaf clusters during the initial brief, later during the attack of the base he is wearing Captain's Bars.
Frank Bollinger, originally from the art department is credited as "Alien Supervisor" because he wasn't member of the union, so he wouldn't be allowed to work in that department.
In the Australian/New Zealand video and theatrical release several shots were edited out so the film could receive a PG rating. These include the destruction of the AWAC as it enters the fire cloud and the shot of the helicopter pilots when the alien destroyer shoots them down. It was eventually released uncut still retaining it PG rating for the Blu-ray release.
$50,228,264 (USA) (7 July 1996)
$306,169,255 (USA) (12 January 1997)
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