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Independence Day (2-Jul-1996)

Director: Roland Emmerich

Writers: Dean Devlin; Roland Emmerich

Music by: David Arnold

Producer: Dan Devlin

Keywords: Sci-Fi, Action/Adventure, Alien Invasion, Hacking, Disaster, POTUS, Explosions

An invasion of Earth by high-tech, resource-stripping aliens charting a devastating path through our Solar System places humanity on the defensive.

ABSTRACT
A big-budget, effects-packed spectacle that kicked off the brief revival of disaster flicks in the mid-to-late 1990s, Independence Day is the story of how an invasion of Earth by ruthless aliens charting a resource-stripping course through various objects in our Solar System forces an American-led alliance of Earth-based military powers to resist, and ultimately repel, the madness.

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NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Giuseppe Andrews
Actor
25-Apr-1979   Detroit Rock City
Ross Bagley
Actor
5-Dec-1988   Nicky Banks on Fresh Prince
Adam Baldwin
Actor
27-Feb-1962   Animal Mother in Full Metal Jacket
Fred Barnes
TV Personality
1-Feb-1943   Fox News regular
Thom Barry
Actor
6-Dec-1950   Will Jeffries on Cold Case
Eleanor Clift
Journalist
7-Jul-1940   Madam President
Margaret Colin
Actor
26-May-1957   As the World Turns
Harry Connick, Jr.
Singer
11-Sep-1967   Golden voiced singer/actor
James Duval
Actor
10-Sep-1972   Go
Harvey Fierstein
Actor
6-Jun-1952   Torch Song Trilogy
Vivica Fox
Actor
30-Jul-1964   Booty Call
Jack Germond
Columnist
30-Jan-1928 14-Aug-2013 Fat Man in a Middle Seat
Jeff Goldblum
Actor
22-Oct-1952   The Fly
Judd Hirsch
Actor
15-Mar-1935   Taxi
Rance Howard
Actor
17-Nov-1928   Father of Ron Howard, Clint Howard
Lisa Jakub
Actor
27-Dec-1978   Rambling Rose
Andrew Keegan
Actor
29-Jan-1979   Camp Nowhere
Mort Kondracke
Columnist
28-Apr-1939   Tolerated by Fox, McLaughlin
Dan Lauria
Actor
12-Apr-1947   Jack Arnold on The Wonder Years
Robert Loggia
Actor
3-Jan-1930   The Jagged Edge
Mary McDonnell
Actor
28-Apr-1952   Stands With A Fist
John McLaughlin
Talk Show Host
29-Mar-1927   The McLaughlin Group
Leland Orser
Actor
6-Aug-1960   Dr. Lucien Dubenko on ER
John Bennett Perry
Actor
4-Jan-1941   Fools Rush In
Jim Piddock
Actor
8-Apr-1956   A Mighty Wind
Robert Pine
Actor
10-Jul-1941   Sgt. Getraer on CHiPS
Bill Pullman
Actor
17-Dec-1953   Independence Day
Randy Quaid
Actor
1-Oct-1950   Parents
James Rebhorn
Actor
1-Sep-1948   Independence Day
Raphael Sbarge
Actor
12-Feb-1964   Archie Hopper on Once Upon a Time
Will Smith
Actor
25-Sep-1968   Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Bill Smitrovich
Actor
16-May-1947   Andrew Thacher on Life Goes On
Brent Spiner
Actor
2-Feb-1949   Data on Star Trek: TNG
Kiersten Warren
Actor
4-Nov-1965   Saved by the Bell: The College Years
Frank Welker
Actor
16-Feb-1945   Voice actor, Transformers
Mae Whitman
Actor
9-Jun-1988   Ann on Arrested Development

CAST

Will Smith   ...   Capt. Steven Hiller (pilot)
Bill Pullman   ...   President Thomas J. Whitmore
Jeff Goldblum   ...   David Levinson (computer genius)
Mary McDonnell   ...   Marilyn Whitmore
Judd Hirsch   ...   Julius Levinson
Margaret Colin   ...   Constance Spano
Randy Quaid   ...   Russell Casse
Robert Loggia   ...   Gen. William Grey
James Rebhorn   ...   Albert Nimziki
Harvey Fierstein   ...   Marty Gilbert
Adam Baldwin   ...   Maj. Mitchell
Brent Spiner   ...   Dr. Brackish Okun
James Duval   ...   Miguel
Vivica Fox   ...   Jasmine Dubrow
Lisa Jakub   ...   Alicia
Ross Bagley   ...   Dylan
Mae Whitman   ...   Patricia Whitmore
Bill Smitrovich   ...   Capt. Watson
Kiersten Warren   ...   Tiffany
and
Harry Connick, Jr.   ...   Capt. Jimmy Wilder
Giuseppe Andrews   ...   Troy
John Storey   ...   Dr. Isaacs
Frank Novak   ...   Teddy
Devon Gummersall   ...   Philip
Leland Orser   ...   Techy / Medical Asst. #1
Mirron E. Willis   ...   Aide
Ross Lacy   ...   Aide
David Pressman   ...   Whitmore's Aide
Vivian Palermo   ...   Tech / Med. Asst.
Raphael Sbarge   ...   Commander / Tech
Bobby Hosea   ...   Commanding Officer
Dan Lauria   ...   Commanding Officer
Steve Giannelli   ...   Radar Tech
Eric Paskel   ...   Radar Tech
Carlos LaCamara   ...   Radar Operator
John Bennett Perry   ...   Secret Serviceman
Troy Willis   ...   Secret Serviceman
Tim Kelleher   ...   Technician
Wayne Wilderson   ...   Area 51 Technician
Jay Acovone   ...   Area 51 Guard
James Wong   ...   SETI Tech One
Thom Barry   ...   SETI Tech Two
Jana Marie Hupp   ...   SETI Tech Three
Matt Pashkow   ...   Second Officer
Robert Pine   ...   Chief of Staff
Marisa Morell   ...   Co-Worker #2
Michael Winther   ...   Co-Worker #3
Dexter Warren   ...   Co-Worker #4
Paul LeClair   ...   Co-Worker #5
Capt. Michael "Chewy" Vacca   ...   Lt. Peterson
David Chanel   ...   Secret Service Agent
John Capodice   ...   Mario
Greg Collins   ...   Military Aide
Derek Webster   ...   Sky Crane Pilot
Mark Fite   ...   Pilot
Eric Neal Newman   ...   Pilot
Levani   ...   Russian Pilot
Kristof Konrad   ...   Russian Pilot
Kevin Sifuentes   ...   Tank Commander
Elston Ridgle   ...   Soldier
Randy Oglesby   ...   Mechanic
Jack Moore   ...   Mechanic
Barry Del Sherman   ...   Street Preacher
Lyman Ward   ...   Secret Service Guy
Anthony Crivello   ...   Lincoln
Richard Speight, Jr.   ...   Ed
Barbara Beck   ...   Monica Soloway
Joe Fowler   ...   Reporter
Andrew Warne   ...   Reporter
Sharon Tay   ...   Reporter
Peter Jozef Lucas   ...   Russian Reporter
Yelena Danova   ...   Russian Newscaster
Derek Kim   ...   Korean Newscaster
Vanessa J. Wells   ...   Newscaster
Jessika Cardinahl   ...   German Video Newscaster
Gary W. Cruz   ...   Video Newscaster
Ron Pitts   ...   Video Newscaster
Wendy L. Walsh   ...   Video Newscaster
Christine Devine   ...   Video Newscaster
Mark Thompson   ...   Video Newscaster
Ernie Anastos   ...   Rex Black -- NY Newscaster
Kevin Cooney   ...   Atlantic Air CINC
Rance Howard   ...   Chaplain
Nelson Mashita   ...   Japanese Tech
Jeff Phillips   ...   B-2 Pilot
Sayed Badreya   ...   Arab Pilot
Adam Tomei   ...   Sailor
John Bradley   ...   Lucas
Kimberly Beck   ...   Housewife
Thomas F. Duffy   ...   Lieutenant
Andrew Keegan   ...   Older Boy
Jon Matthews   ...   Thomson
Jim Piddock   ...   Reginald
Fred Barnes   ...   Himself
Eleanor Clift   ...   Herself
Jerry Dunphy   ...   Himself
Jack Germond   ...   Himself
Mort Kondracke   ...   Himself
John McLaughlin   ...   Himself
Barry Nolan   ...   Himself
George Putnam   ...   Himself
Eric Michael Zee   ...   Northridge Field Reporter
Pat Skipper   ...   Redneck
Carlos Lara   ...   Farmer Kid
Mike Monteleone   ...   Butler
Lee Strauss   ...   Elvis Fanatic
Lisa Star   ...   Woman on Roof
Malcolm Danare   ...   Intellectual on Roof
Arthur Brooks   ...   Trucker on Roof
Michael G. Moertl   ...   Thief
James J. Joyce   ...   Master CPO
Joyce Cohen   ...   Kim Peters (Reporter)
Julie Moran   ...   Entertainment Tonight Reporter
Robin Groth   ...   Flagstaff News Anchor
Richard Pachorek   ...   LAPD Helicopter Pilot
Dakota   ...   Boomer
Gary Hecker   ...   Alien Vocal Effects (voice)
Frank Welker   ...   Special Vocal Effects (voice)

REVIEWS

Review by Kye Miller (posted on 13-Oct-2005)

I love this movie. It's strangely gratifying to watch the Library Tower get disintegrated in LA. There are 2 seconds of suspense in the scene where the ship over New York City is about to give the burst of energy to the Empire State Building. The death ray just sits, while New Yorkers watch in shock and awe, then, CHYUUU, BOOOM! The ESB is gone! Then the White House gets trashed when the death ray hovers before the burst of energy destroys it once and for all. The destruction of cities is a marvel of SFX, especially that scene where a block in NYC (with a traffic light) has their building's faces obliterated by the horrific wall of fire. Great family fun!


Review by anonymous (posted on 13-Oct-2005)

I love this movie. It's strangely gratifying to watch the Library Tower get disintegrated in LA. There are 2 seconds of suspense in the scene where the ship over New York City is about to give the burst of energy to the Empire State Building. It just sits, while New Yorkers watch in shock and awe, then, CHYUUU, BOOOM! The ESB is gone! Then the White House gets trashed when the death ray hovers before the burst of energy destroys it once and for all. The destruction of cities is a marvel of SFX, especially that scene where a block in NYC (with a traffic light) has their building's faces obliterated by the horrific wall of fire. Great family fun!


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