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In Independence Day, a scientist played by Jeff Goldblum once actually had a fistfight with a man (Bill Pullman) who is now president of the United States. That same president, late in the film, personally flies a jet fighter to deliver a payload of missiles against an attack by extraterrestrials. Independence Day is the kind of movie so giddy with its own outrageousness that one doesn't even blink at such howlers in the plot. Directed by Roland Emmerich, Independence Day is a pastiche of conventions from flying-saucer movies from the 1940s and 1950s, replete with icky monsters and bizarre coincidences that create convenient shortcuts in the story. (Such as the way the girlfriend of one of the film's heroes--played by Will Smith--just happens to run across the president's injured wife, who are then both rescued by Smith's character who somehow runs across them in alien-ravaged Los Angeles County.) The movie is just sheer fun, aided by a cast that knows how to balance the retro requirements of the genre with a more contemporary feel. --Tom Keogh

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Will SmithCaptain Steven Hiller
Bill PullmanPresident Thomas J. Whitmore
Jeff GoldblumDavid Levinson
Mary McDonnellFirst Lady Marilyn Whitmore
Judd HirschJulius Levinson
Robert LoggiaGeneral William Grey
Randy QuaidRussell Casse
Margaret ColinConstance Spano
Vivica A. FoxJasmine Dubrow
James RebhornAlbert Nimzicki
Harvey FiersteinMarty Gilbert
Adam BaldwinMajor Mitchell
Brent SpinerDr. Brackish Okun
James DuvalMiguel Casse
Lisa JakubAlicia Casse
Giuseppe AndrewsTroy Casse
Ross BagleyDylan Dubrow
Bill SmitrovichLt. Colonel Watson
Harry Connick Jr.Captain Jimmy Wilder
John StoreyDr. Isaacs
Frank NovakTeddy
Devon GummersallPhilip

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Masterpiece IndependenceDay
  • Genre: Sci-Fi Movies
  • Theme(s): Post-Apocalyptic
  • Director: Roland Emmerich
  • Producer: Fox
  • Length: 145 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJul 3, 1996
    EuropeAug 9, 1996
    JapanDec 7, 1996
    AustraliaAug 29, 1996
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaMar 11, 2008
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMar 5, 2002
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