Independence Day

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Century Fox / Centropolis Entertainment Released 1996

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Director:
Roland Emmerich
Released:
1996
Rating:
PG-13

Independence Day tells the epic story of an alien invasion and a collection of humans that work to liberate the Earth. On July 2, the world is invaded by an alien race. Though the citizens of Earth try to reach out to the aliens and make peace, the invaders ignore all the attempts and open up an all-out war. The humans, unable to punch through the aliens' force fields, are routed for the first two days and forced to take to hiding. With the dawn of July 4, the humans employ new methods of counterattacking, culminating in an epic struggle to save Earth as they know it.

Metacritic Score

  • 80

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    Two reasons it's impossible to resist "Independence Day": because of its pitch-perfect cartoonish dialogue ("Now you're never gonna get to fly the space shuttle if you marry a stri...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Cities engulfed by rolling walls of flame, sinister aquamarine power blasts turning beloved national monuments to toast, even the roiling clouds the spaceships appear out of, they ...

  • 50

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    The cutting-edge perfection of effects in Cameron and Spielberg films is replaced here by work that looks more homemade, particularly toward the end in some faintly cheesy composit...

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • I Love This Movie

    10
    This is my favorite alien invasion movie and for good reason. These aliens are very threatening. Their mother ship is a quarter the size of Earth's moon, the smaller ships are 15 miles in diameter, and an army of space fighters. And all of them are protected by energy shields preventing any damage to them. A person watching this for the first time would wonder how Earth could possibly defeat such a deadly threat, especially when the 15 mile diameter ships use a weapon that decimate entire cities.



    In the end, they are able to defeat the aliens by uploading a computer virus in the mother ship. After that, the entire planet unites in a final attack against the aliens. A crowning moment came when one man sacrifices himself to destroy the city destroying weapon, thus destroying the ship itself.



    This is a great film to add to your movie collection.moreless
  • Not too bad but a few "issues"...

    6.5
    Like having an Air Force Captains wife an exotic dancer. Why not an astronomer? Sort of feeds into old fashioned sexist attitudes that sees woman as not intelligent. As it is I don't think the Air Force would be thrilled at the prospect of one of their investments having such a partner-and they are probably correct. The special effects in the film were good but I thought the aliens were a bit cliched-communicating via telepathy like some 1950's SF flick. Good scenes near the end and a classic scene early on in the film with people waking up to see a monolithic space ship hovering over their city. Could have been better, all in all.moreless
  • About this film

    10
    This had great visual effects.
Will Smith

Will Smith

Captain Steven Hiller

Bill Pullman

Bill Pullman

President Thomas J. Whitmore

Jeff Goldblum

Jeff Goldblum

David Levinson

Mary McDonnell

Mary McDonnell

First Lady Marilyn Whitmore

Judd Hirsch

Judd Hirsch

Julius Levinson

Margaret Colin

Margaret Colin

Constance Spano

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    • Production Budget - $75,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $306,169,268 (1st)
      Worldwide Gross - $817,400,891 (1st)

      Domestic Adjusted for 2013 - $565,235,572
      Worldwide Adjusted fro 2013 - $1,509,047,799

    • Academy Awards Wins:
      1. Visual Effects

      Academy Awards Nominations:
      1. Sound

      BAFTA Nominations:
      1. Sound
      2. Visual Effects

      Grammy Wins:
      1. Instrumental Composition

    • Taglines:
      1. 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!
      2. On July 2nd, they arrive. On July 3rd, they strike. On July 4th, we fight back.
      3. They only want one thing... DESTRUCTION!
      4. We've always believed we weren't alone. On July 4th, we'll wish we were.
      5. THESE extraterrestrials don't want to phone home...They want OUR home.
      6. The day we'll fight back!
      7. EARTH Take a good look. It could be your last.
      8. The question of whether or not we are alone in the universe has been answered.
      9. WARNING! Your next stop may not be there.

    • Filming locations include:
      Santa Clarita, California
      Los Angeles, California,
      Downtown, Los Angeles, California
      Blue Ridge, Georgia
      Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah
      Tribeca, Manhattan, New York City, New York
      Colorado Springs, Colorado
      Dallas, Texas
      Fontana, California
      Grants Pass, Oregon
      Soho, Manhattan, New York City, New York
      Lakepoint, Utah,
      Manhattan, New York City, New York
      Michigan City, Indiana
      Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya
      New York City, New York
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
      Rachel, Nevada
      Reykjavík, Iceland
      Skull Valley, Utah
      Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden
      Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
      The Great Pyramids, Giza Plateau, Giza, Egypt
      Tooele, Utah
      Socorro, New Mexico
      Washington, District of Columbia
      Wendover, Utah
      West New York, New Jersey
      White Sands, New Mexico
      Windsor, California

    • Music:
      It's the End of the World As We Know It
      Written by William Berry, Peter Buck, Michael Mills
      & Michael Stipe
      Oh Vicki
      Written by Bill Elliott
      Performed by Bill Elliott
      About You
      Written by Paul Plaggens, Josh Gordon & Kyle Baer
      Performed by Greta
      Rumble
      Written by Link Wray and Milton Grant
      Performed by Link Wray
      Boom Boom Booty
      Written by Richard Rudolph, Michael Sembello, Romany Malco
      Performed by U.P.F. Featuring ROM
      Stand By
      Written by Sophie Edkvist & Lars Halapi
      Performed by Sophie Zelmani
      Live It Cool
      Written by Junior Vasquez & Lydia Rhodes
      Performed by Lydia Rhodes
      Everybody Wants to Rule the World
      By Tears for Fears

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End of The World Movies, Disaster, Futuristic