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Independence Day [1996] (1 disc)
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Director:Roland Emmerich
Writer:Dean Devlin
Roland Emmerich
Composer:David Arnold
Length:153 minutes
(2 hours 33 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Suggested Event Use:Independence Day
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:63%
Amazon Rating:3.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: As July 4th draws near, the world receives undeniable proof that they're not alone in the galaxy, though they may wish they were.


Reaction: A bit overblown, but not terrible. There are several clichés used, but also some cool scenes unique to this movie.


Personal Rating: 7/10

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Roland Emmerich => Director / Writer
Dean Devlin => Writer
David Arnold => Composer
Adam Baldwin => Major Mitchell
Bill Pullman => President Thomas J. Whitmore
Brent Spiner => Dr. Brackish Okun
Erick Avari => SETI Chief (uncredited)
Frank Welker => Special Vocal Effects (voice)
Giuseppe Andrews => Troy Casse
Harry Connick Jr. => Captain Jimmy Wilder
Harvey Fierstein => Marty Gilbert
James Duval => Miguel Casse
James Rebhorn => Albert Nimzicki
Jeff Goldblum => David Levinson
John McLaughlin => Himself
Judd Hirsch => Julius Levinson
Leland Orser => Medical Assistant #1 / Tech
Lisa Jakub => Alicia Casse
Mae Whitman => Patricia Whitmore
Margaret Colin => Constance Spano
Mary McDonnell => First Lady Marilyn Whitmore
Rance Howard => Chaplain
Randy Oglesby => Mike Dodge
Randy Quaid => Russell Casse
Raphael Sbarge => Tech / Commander
Robert Loggia => General William Grey
Robert Pine => Chief of Staff Glenn Parness
Ross Bagley => Dylan
Tracey Walter => Area 51 Lab Technician (uncredited)
Vivica A. Fox => Jasmine Dubrow
Will Smith => Captain Steven Hiller

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Production designer Patrick Tatopoulos presented director Roland Emmerich with two concepts for the aliens. Since Emmerich liked both designs so much he came up with the idea to use one design as the actual alien and the other to be a bio-mechanical suit the aliens could wear.
  • 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.
  • When Will Smith accidentally backs into a wall with the spacecraft and says, "Oops," Jeff Goldblum responds with, "Oops? I know what I've done when I've said oops, now what did you do, saying 'oops' there?" This is a quote from one of Bill Cosby's first recorded stand-up routines, I Started Out As A Child.
  • {Everybody Wants To Rule The World} by Tears for Fears was originally picked to play during the film's introduction before it was replaced by R.E.M.'s {It's the End of the World As We Know It}.
  • In the Special Edition, during the scenes where David is searching for his wife's telephone number, his computer screen displays humorous street names such as "Heresheis Avenue."
  • 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 1953 movie The War Of The Worlds.
  • When David Levinson opens his laptop computer (an Apple Macintosh PowerBook) it greets him with the message, "Good Morning Dave." - a reference to the talking computer HAL in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • When escaping the mother ship, Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) says "Faster, must go faster", a line which Goldblum's character said in Jurassic Park when being chased by the T-rex.
  • [?] James Brown's distinctive scream was used as a sound effect for the alien energy beam backfiring as Russell's plane crashes into the giant ray gun.
  • The orientation of the bent street lamps and overturned cars as seen through the tank's night vision makes them resemble the Martian spaceships from the 1953 version of War Of The Worlds.