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    Independence Day (1996)

    PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 3 July 1996 (USA)
    2:27 | Trailer
    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.


    Roland Emmerich
    719 ( 192)
    Won 1 Oscar. Another 34 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »



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    Robert Loggia ... General William Grey
    Randy Quaid ... Russell Casse
    Margaret Colin ... Constance Spano
    James Rebhorn ... Albert Nimziki
    Harvey Fierstein ... Marty Gilbert
    Adam Baldwin ... Major Mitchell
    Brent Spiner ... Dr. Brakish Okun
    James Duval ... Miguel
    Vivica A. Fox ... Jasmine Dubrow
    Lisa Jakub ... Alicia


    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, as well as Paris, London, Houston and Moscow. 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 ... Written by Gustaf Molin <gumo@hem2.passagen.se>

    Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


    On July 2, 1996, the aliens came. On July 3, 1996, the aliens saw and struck. On Independence Day 1996, the human race will CONQUER! See more »

    Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

    Parents Guide:

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    Release Date:

    3 July 1996 (USA) See more »

    Also Known As:

    ID4 See more »

    Filming Locations:

    Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


    Box Office


    $75,000,000 (estimated)

    Opening Weekend USA:

    $50,228,264, 7 July 1996

    Gross USA:


    Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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    Technical Specs


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    Sound Mix:

    DTS 70 mm (70 mm print)| DTS (35 mm prints)| Dolby Digital (35 mm prints)| SDDS (35 mm prints)| DTS (DTS: X)



    Aspect Ratio:

    2.39 : 1
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    Did You Know?


    Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin wrote the screenplay when they took a month-long vacation in Mexico. It was greenlit by 20th Century Fox the day after they sent the studio the script. See more »


    During the scene before the US counter-attack, the planes on the ground are F-14's, with the wings swept all the way back. However, the planes taking off and in the air are F-18s, which do not utilize a swept wing design. 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

    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. See more »

    Alternate Versions

    In some cinemas in the Middle East, all scenes including Judd Hirsch were removed. In the film, Hirsch's character speaks Yiddish and wears the traditional Jewish yarmulke. See more »


    Referenced in South Park: Die Hippie, Die (2005) See more »


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    User Reviews

    5 September 2001 | by langolierSee all my reviews

    Absolutely the worst movie that Hollywood has delivered to the theaters and video stores. I expected it to be equivalent to the 1953 classic "War Of The Worlds," but it didn't even come close. The plot was so stupid, that I'm sure it would insult the intelligence of an adult with a 3rd grade education. The film tried to include some satire, which was not the least bit funny. I thought that the film was legitimate at the beginning. Unfortunately, it became bogus during the scene where Will Smith is dragging the alien and talking in "rap-language." From then on, the films plot and acting got progressively worse. I give the special effects a ten, but give the remainder of the movie a negative ten. Ten plus negative ten equals zero. I give the film a big fat ZERO.

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