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Independence Day Details


A group of intrepid humans attempts to save the Earth from vicious extraterrestrials in this extremely popular science-fiction adventure. Borrowing liberally from War of the Worlds, Aliens, 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


Awarded by
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


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


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