Independence Day

Independence Day

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Director: Roland Emmerich

Cast: Roland Emmerich, Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum


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A group of intrepid humans attempts to save the Earth from vicious extraterrestrials in this extremely popular science-fiction adventure. Borrowing liberally from War of the Worlds, Aliens, and every sci-fi invasion film inbetween, director Roland Emmerich and producer and co-writer Dean Devlin present a visually slick, fast-paced adventure filled withSee more details below


A group of intrepid humans attempts to save the Earth from vicious extraterrestrials in this extremely popular science-fiction adventure. Borrowing liberally from War of the Worlds, Aliens, and every sci-fi invasion film inbetween, director Roland Emmerich and producer and co-writer Dean Devlin present a visually slick, fast-paced adventure filled with expensive special effects and large-scale action sequences. The story begins with the approach of a series of massive spaceships, which many on Earth greet with open arms, looking forward to the first contact with alien life. Unfortunately, these extraterrestrials have not come in peace, and they unleash powerful weapons that destroy most of the world's major cities. Thrown into chaos, the survivors struggle to band together and put up a last-ditch resistance in order to save the human race. As this is a Hollywood film, this effort is led by a group of scrappy Americans, including a computer genius who had foreseen the alien's evil intent (Jeff Goldblum), a hot-shot jet pilot (Will Smith), and the President of the United States (Bill Pullman). While some critics objected to the film's lack of originality and lapses in logic, the combination of grand visual spectacle and crowd-pleasing storytelling proved irresistible to audiences, resulting in an international smash hit.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Pete Segall
Independence Day's grand-scale invasion of theaters marked it one of the biggest summer blockbusters of the 1990s. The story is simple enough: Aliens show up over the Fourth of July weekend and without reason blow up most of the world. It's up to the heroic survivors -- stern-faced president Bill Pullman, amiable Army pilot Will Smith, and plucky software programmer Jeff Goldblum among them -- to save the planet. Independence Day is a lot of things: patriotic battle cry; special effects extravaganza; really, really scary and loud. Though the film is not particularly dramatic or thought provoking, director Roland Emmerich (The Patriot) makes an entertaining ride out of fabulous effects, particularly the horrifyingly fiery obliteration of cities worldwide. Smith is fresh once again with a terrific alien-whuppin' swagger, and though Pullman's rousing Fourth of July speech before the climactic battle is not on the literary level of Henry V's St. Crispin's Day speech, it is equally motivational. A loud throwback to alien paranoia of the H. G. Wells classic War of the Worlds, ID4 more than found itself a place in sci-fi/action history, it attacked and took over.
All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
A movie you either go with or completely resist, this cheerfully disreputable science fiction blockbuster actually has more in common with its '50s film brethren than many other modern films. Unlike the director's heavily dismissed follow-up effort Godzilla, Independence Day revels in its genre conventions and aliens-from-Mars clichés, not to mention its steadfast rah-rah patriotism that pervades throughout. Borrowing heavily from such films as Alien and especially Star Wars, the film has enough broad performance style and overheated exchanges to fit in nicely with the films it semi-parodies. In fact, at times, it almost feels like a product of Cold War paranoia, especially in designing its alien invaders as predators before we even get to know who they are. Director Roland Emmerich pulls out all the stops, and even if it's not to everyone's liking, you can't blame the guy for trying. An Oscar winner for Best Visual Effects, and part of the $300 million-plus box office club, though it's one of those blockbusters that has as many detractors as admirers.

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20th Century Fox
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Special Features

Includes both the Special Edition, with 9 minutes of restored footage, PLUS the original theatrical version; Anamorphic widescreen (aspect ratio 2.35:1) for both versions; Scene-specific commentary by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin; Commentary by Oscar-Winning special effects supervisors Volker Engel and Doug Smith; Sound: English 5.1 Dolby Surround, English Dolby Surround, French Dolby Surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Will Smith Capt. Steven Hiller
Bill Pullman President Thomas J. Whitmore
Jeff Goldblum David Levinson
Mary McDonnell Marilyn Whitmore
Judd Hirsch Julius Levinson
Margaret Colin Constance Spano
Ross Elliot Bagley Dylan
Robert Loggia Gen. William Grey
Randy Quaid Russell Casse
James Rebhorn Albert Nimziki
Harvey Fierstein Marty Gilbert
Adam Baldwin Major Mitchell
Brent Spiner Dr. Brakish Okun
James Duval Miguel Casse
Vivica A. Fox Jasmine Dubrow
Lisa Jakub Alicia Casse
Mae Whitman Patricia Whitmore
Bill Smitrovich Capt. Watson
Kiersten Warren Tiffany
Harry Connick Capt. Jimmy Wilder
John Storey Dr. Isaacs
Frank Novak Teddy
Devon Gummersall Philip
Leland Orser Techy/Med Asst #1
Mirron E. Willis Aide
David Pressman Whitmore's Aide
Raphael Sbarge Commander/Tech
Bobby Hosea Commanding Officer
Dan Lauria Commanding Officer
Carlos Lacamara Radar Operator
John Bennett Perry Secret Serviceman
Tim Kelleher Technician
Jay Acovone Area 51 Guard
James Wong SETI Tech One
Jana Marie Hupp SETI Tech Three
Robert Pine Chief of Staff
Michael Winther Co-Worker #3
Greg Collins Military Aide
Kevin Sifuentes Tank Commander
Elston Ridgle Soldier
Jack Moore Mechanic
Lyman Ward Secret Service Guy
Anthony Crivello Lincoln
Richard Speight Ed
Mark Thompson Video Newscaster
Rance Howard Chaplain
Nelson Mashita Japanese Tech
Jeffrey Daniel Phillips B-2 Pilot
Kimberly Beck Housewife
Thomas F. Duffy Lieutenant
Andrew Keegan Older Boy
Jim Piddock Reginald
Jerry Dunphy Himself
Barry Nolan Himself
George Putnam Himself
Pat Skipper Redneck
Lisa Star Woman on Roof
Malcom Danare Intellectual on Roof
Robin Groth Flagstaff News Anchor
Richard Pachorek LAPD Helicopter Pilot
Frank Welker Special Vocal Effects
Giuseppe Andrews Troy Casse
Thom Barry SETI Tech Two
John Capodice Mario
Randy Oglesby Mechanic
Joe Fowler Reporter
John McLaughlin Himself
Sayed Badreya Arab Pilot
Fred Barnes Himself
John Bradley Lucas
Arthur Brooks Trucker on Roof
Eleanor Clift Herself
Joyce Cohen Kim Peters
Deenie Dakota Boomer
Jack Germond Himself
Steve Giannelli Radar Technician
James J. Joyce Master C.P.O.
Morton Kondracke Himself
Ross Lacy Aide
Carlos Lara Farmer Kid
Jon Mathews Thomson
Michael G. Moertl Thief
Mike Monteleone Butler
Julie Moran Entertainment Tonight Reporter
Marisa Morell Co-Worker 2
Vivian Palermo Technician/Medical Assistant
Matt Pashkow 2nd Officer
Eric Paskel Radar Technician
Lee Strauss Elvis Fanatic
Adam Tomei Sailor
Wayne Wilderson Area 51 Technician
Troy Willis Secret Serviceman
Eric Michael Zee Northridge Field Reporter

Technical Credits
Roland Emmerich Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
David Arnold Score Composer
Rick Barker Stunts
Michael F. Blake Makeup
David Brenner Editor
Peter Bucossi Stunts
Chris Carpenter Sound/Sound Designer
Doug Coleman Stunts
Gilbert Combs Stunts
Craig Smith Makeup
Mick Curkurs Set Decoration/Design
Gary Charles Davis Stunts
Dean Devlin Producer,Screenwriter
Norman Douglass Stunts
Katalin Elek Makeup
Ute Emmerich Executive Producer
Jim Erickson Set Decoration/Design
William Fay Executive Producer
Frank Ferera Stunts
Allan Graf Stunts
Sean Haworth Set Decoration/Design
Dana Hee Stunts
Jery Hewitt Stunts
Chris Howell Stunts
Pamela Klamer Set Decoration/Design
Peter Jochen Krause Camera Operator
Wendy Kurtzman Casting
Julia Levine Set Decoration/Design
Karl Walter Lindenlaub Cinematographer
Ray Lykins Stunts
Eddie Matthews Stunts
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan Asst. Director
Tom Morga Stunts
Joseph Porro Costumes/Costume Designer
Oliver Scholl Production Designer
Douglas Hans Smith Special Effects Supervisor
Patrick Tatopoulos Production Designer
Jeff Wexler Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Winther Associate Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Independence Day
1. Opening Titles/July 2
2. Contact
3. At the White House
4. Approaching Earth
5. Chess Game
6. Compact Cable Chaos
7. Imperial Valley, California
8. Deployment / Def-Con 3
9. Visual Range
10. The Code for Panic
11. Wake up Call
12. Countdown to Extinction
13. Duty Calls
14. Get Out of Town
15. Trailer Camp Confrontation
16. Fighter Pilots Report
17. Strip Club
18. Nice Driving
19. Look up the Number
20. Attempts to Communicate
21. The Clock Is Ticking
22. Communication Breakdown
23. Panic or Party
24. Time's Up
25. July 3
26. Battle Plans
27. First Attack
28. Two on Two
29. Canyon Chase
30. Welcome to Earth
31. Desert RV Caravan
32. The Truth Is Out There
33. Urban Survivors
34. Do You Know the Way to Area 51
35. Area 51
36. The Freak Show
37. Arriving With the Alien
38. In the Ruins of El Toro
39. Alien Surgery
40. Nuclear Attack
41. Rescue at the El Toro
42. The First Lady's Death
43. July 4 - Solutions
44. Worldwide Plans
45. A Wedding
46. Independence Day
47. Using the Alien Attacker
48. Into the Mothership
49. Engage the Enemy
50. Adversity Makes Strange Bedfellows
51. Time for a Hero
52. Execute 'Jolly Roger'
53. Victory
54. Credits
1. Opening Titles/July 2
2. Contact
3. At the White House
4. Approaching Earth
5. Chess Game
6. Compact Cable Chaos
7. Imperial Valley, California
8. Deployment / Def-Con 3
9. A Technical Kiss
10. Visual Range
11. The Code for Panic
12. Wake up Call
13. Countdown to Extinction
14. Duty Calls
15. Get Out of Town
16. Trailer Camp Confrontation
17. Fighter Pilots Report
18. Strip Club
19. Nice Driving
20. Look up the Number
21. Attempts to Communicate
22. The White House Legacy
23. The Clock Is Ticking
24. Communication Breakdown
25. Panic or Party
26. Time's Up
27. July 3
28. Battle Plans
29. First Attack
30. Two on Two
31. Canyon Chase
32. Welcome to Earth
33. Desert RV Caravan
34. The Truth Is Out There
35. Urban Survivors
36. Do You Know the Way to Area 51
37. Area 51
38. The Freak Show
39. Inside the Attacker
40. Arriving With the Alien
41. In the Ruins of El Toro
42. Alien Surgery
43. Nuclear Attack
44. Recue at El Toro
45. The First Lady's Death
46. July 4 - Solutions
47. Worldwide Plans
48. A Wedding
49. Independence Day
50. Using the Alien Attacker
51. Into the Mothership
52. Engage the Enemy
53. Adversity Makes Strange Bedfellows'
54. Time for a Hero
57. Credits

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