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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 , , 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. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:July 3, 1996

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Volker Engel Best Visual Effects 1996 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jeff Wexler Best Sound 1996 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Douglas Hans Smith Best Visual Effects 1996 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bob Beemer Best Sound 1996 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Bill W. Benton Best Sound 1996 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Chris Carpenter Best Sound 1996 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Clay Pinney Best Visual Effects 1996 Winner

Cast

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

Crew

Roland Emmerich
Director
Dean Devlin
Producer
Dean Devlin
Screenwriter
Roland Emmerich
Screenwriter
Karl Walter Lindenlaub
Cinematographer
David Arnold
Composer (Music Score)
David Brenner
Editor
Oliver Scholl
Production Designer
Patrick Tatopoulos
Production Designer
Peter Winther
Associate Producer
Ute Emmerich
Executive Producer
Roland Emmerich
Executive Producer
William Fay
Executive Producer
Julia Levine
Set Designer
Jim Erickson
Set Designer
Sean Haworth
Set Designer
Pamela Klamer
Set Designer
Joseph Porro
Costume Designer
Chris Carpenter
Sound/Sound Designer
Jeff Wexler
Sound/Sound Designer
Sergio Mimica-Gezzan
First Assistant Director
Eddie Matthews
Stunts
Rick Barker
Stunts
Chris Howell
Stunts
Tom Morga
Stunts
Norman Douglass
Stunts
Peter Bucossi
Stunts
Dana Hee
Stunts
Allan Graf
Stunts
Ray Lykins
Stunts
Frank Ferrara
Stunts
Jery Hewitt
Stunts
Wendy Kurtzman
Casting
Josh Rose
Digital Effects
Bob Beemer
Re-Recording Mixer
Volker Engel
Visual Effects
Dan Bradley
Stunts Coordinator
Douglas Hans Smith
Special Effects Supervisor
Katalin Elek
Makeup
Dean Devlin
Second Unit Director
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