Independence Day (1996)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 25 mins

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With July 4th around the corner, Earth is approached by a series of massive spaceships, which many 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. This effort is led by a group of scrappy Americans, including a computer genius who had foreseen the alien's evil intent, a hot-shot jet pilot, and the President of the United States.
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Cast: Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Will Smith

Crew: Roland Emmerich (Director), Karl Walter Lindenlaub (Director of Photography), David Arnold (Music Director)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Release Dates: 03 Jul 1996 (India)

Tagline: We've always believed we weren't alone. On July 4th, we'll wish we were.

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Did you know? Well over half of the dialogues in the scenes shared by Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch and Will Smith were improvised. Read More
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as President Thomas J. Whitmore
as David Levinson
as Captain Steven Hiller
as Major Mitchell
as Captain Watson
as Dr. Brackish Okun
as Teddy
as Special Vocal Effects
as Alien Vocal Effects
as Marty Gilbert
as Miguel
as Master CPO
as Albert Nimziki
as Kim Peters
as Julius Levinson
as Entertainment Tonight Reporter
as Tiffany
as Alicia
as Patricia Whitmore
as Intellectual on Roof
as Constance Spano
as First Lady Marilyn Whitmore
as Butler
as Redneck
as Russell Casse
as LAPD Helicopter Pilot
as General William Grey
as Flagstaff News Anchor
as Dylan


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Associate Producer
Unit Production Manager
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Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Still Photographer
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Music Director


Sound Designer
Sound Re-recording Mixer
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Production Designer
Set Decorator
Set Designer
Prop Master
Storyboard Artist


Casting Director
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Extras Casting



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Location Manager
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Visual Effects Coordinator
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Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
Converted to 3D
We've always believed we weren't alone. On July 4th, we'll wish we were.
THESE extraterrestrials don't want to phone home...They want OUR home.
The day we'll fight back!
The doomsday ship
EARTH Take a good look. It could be your last.
Don't make plans for August.
The question of whether or not we are alone in the universe has been answered.
WARNING! Your next stop may not be there.
They only want one thing... DESTRUCTION!
Enjoy The Superbowl. It May Be Your Last (Superbowl Promo)
On July 2nd, they arrive. On July 3rd, they strike. On July 4th, we fight back.
Movie Connection(s):
Referenced in: Ender's Game (English)
Referenced in: White House Down (English)
Reference: Speed (English)
Audio/Video Mismatch
The scientist who orders to 'open the launch tunnel' never opens his mouth.
Well over half of the dialogues in the scenes shared by Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch and Will Smith were improvised.

The President's speech was filmed on the 6th of August 1995 in front of an old airplane hangar that once housed the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima exactly 50 years earlier.

During the movie's premiere at the White House, Roland Emmerich gave his seat next to President Bill Clinton to Bill Pullman, fearing Clinton's reaction to the on-screen destruction of the White House.

The U.S. military had initially agreed to allow the crew to film at military bases. However, they withdrew their support after learning of the Area 51 references in the script.