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The biggest of the new wave of disaster flicks paying tribute to the Irwin Allen celebrity-fests of the '70s finds an alien armada descending on Earth to create some fireworks on the July 4th weekend. The fate of the world rests in the hands of an unlikely band of Earthlings led by President Whitmore (Pullman), a computer expert (Goldblum), and a Marine fighter pilot (Smith). Special effects, despite forgoing some of the more expensive newer technology, don't disappoint. Strong (if not A-list) cast and plenty of action. Devlin and Emmerich wrote the script while promoting "Stargate," after a reporter asked Emmerich if he believed in aliens.

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Available on Running time 135 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Sci Fi, Alien Beings--Vicious, Disaster Flicks, Military: Army, Presidency, Special FX Extravaganzas, Airborne, Race Against Time, Rescue Missions, Boom!, Top Grossing Films of 1996, Big Battles
Screenplay
Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich
Cast
Bill Pullman, Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, Margaret Colin, Randy Quaid, Mary McDonnell, Robert Loggia, Brent Spiner, James Rebhorn, Vivica A. Fox, James Duval, Harry Connick, Harvey Fierstein, Richard Speight, Adam Baldwin, Bill Smitrovich, Mae Whitman, Kiersten Warren, Giuseppe Andrews, Devon Gummersall, Leland Orser, Raphael Sbarge, Bobby Hosea, Dan Lauria, Robert Pine, John Capodice, Lyman Ward
Cinematography
Karl Walter Lindenlaub
Director
Roland Emmerich
Music
David Arnold
Producer
Dean Devlin, William Fay, 20th Century-Fox

Awards

Oscars 1996: Visual FX; MTV Movie Awards 1997: Kiss (Vivica A. Fox/Will Smith).

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Independence Day
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Nicholle

This is a good movie with a lot of action. On July 2 the US Military learns that meteors are entering the Earth's atmosphere and will collide with Earth. They realize that they are wrong and that the meteor is a spacecraft full of aliens. When the spacecrafts arrived they started invading all the major cities and were set up in a sequence to destroy each city at the same time. The Aliens used all of Earth's communication systems to communicate with one another. The survivor's on Earth devise a way to fight back and they all head to Area 51, which is a government testing sight, where a small alien fighter space ship was being held captive. Will Smith is a marine fighter and Jeff Goldblum is a computer expert and they have taken control to try and save the Earth. On July 4, Earth finally regains control back from the Aliens and they have their Independence back. The chemistry among the actors is very good and the show is exciting.

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Nicholle

This is a good movie with a lot of action. On July 2 the US Military learns that meteors are entering the Earth's atmosphere and will collide with Earth. They realize that they are wrong and that the meteor is a spacecraft full of aliens. When the spacecrafts arrived they started invading all the major cities and were set up in a sequence to destroy each city at the same time. The Aliens used all of Earth's communication systems to communicate with one another. The survivor's on Earth devise a way to fight back and they all head to Area 51, which is a government testing sight, where a small alien fighter space ship was being held captive. Will Smith is a marine fighter and Jeff Goldblum is a computer expert and they have taken control to try and save the Earth. On July 4, Earth finally regains control back from the Aliens and they have their Independence back. The chemistry among the actors is very good and the show is exciting.