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Independence Day (1996) Movie Information

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Action, Sci-Fi





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Roland Emmerich


Will Smith
Jeff Goldblum
Bill Pullman
Judd Hirsch
Randy Quaid
Mary McDonnell





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The world watches as alien ships hover over major cities world-wide - but their intentions are anything but peaceful.

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Leighann Paige 09/12/2016 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Independence Day is the epitome of 1990's action sci-fi. Aliens target major cities across the United States and America leads the attack against them in order to save all of humanity. The star-studded cast brings to life fairly well-written characters and scenes that help push the movie along. The special effects and score certainly don't hurt either. But there are a large number of cheesy lines, awkward characters, and uninteresting moments to go around. It didn't help that there were subplots with almost every character that didn't really need to be there. But I can't help but adore this film. Cheesy and some-what needless, but still fun to watch. Good for most sci-fi/action movie fans.

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Matthew Brady 08/11/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Independence Day is a fun action pack film that has the 90's written all over it.

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Old Winter 11/18/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Run of the mill alien invasion (imagine that). Goldblum trademark "manic" is strained to breaking point. He has a very unlikely ex-wife in a very unlikely job. He has a comedy sidekick that is just plain tedious. He takes his Dad along to be horrified every couple of minutes by his son's actions. Explosions are loud and colourful. Will Smith is a badass that kicks a lot of alien butt with all the character depth of the sheet of A4 the plot must have come on.

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12/21/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Independence Day" by Yojimbo

Devlin and Emmerich are hardly known for their sophistication and subtlety, and this big budget B-movie certainly won't change any minds on that score. It follows the summer blockbuster formula to the letter, but it is done with enough tongue in cheek humour to make it a hugely enjoyable experience. The action is all very gung-ho and flag waving (I'm still not sure if the president's "Independence Day" speech is meant to be taken seriously, but it always raises a laugh from me!) but thrillingly done; the dogfight through a canyon is as exciting as Hollywood action gets, and you can't help but cheer for Randy Quaid's boozy abductee in the climactic battle. Jeff Goldblum is at his least irritating and has some fantastic banter with his crotchety Jewish father played to perfection by veteran...

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10/06/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


Even though this made millions of dollars in the box office, itís a very disappointing film overall because itís pretty on the outside but has nothing to offer inside. I think the filmmakers focused too much on the visual effects to the point where they totally ignored the emotional core. When it tried to be sentimental, it just didnít work because most of the characters are one-dimensional so the audience canít relate to their struggle. I expected this film to have more teeth and biteĖthe closest it came to reaching my expectations were scenes where we see the aliens up close. Thereís real suspense during those scenes because weíre as curious as the characters that are interacting with them. As for its pacing, I couldnít believe nothing happened during the first fifty minutes of the pict...

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08/01/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Good, but typical "Alien Invasion" movie

On July 2nd, communications around the world are sent into chaos as a signal is detected from what appears to be the moon.

At first, it appears to be one huge celestial body, but it is quickly learned that it is an enormous spacecraft that launches numerous smaller crafts that take positions over major cities around the world.

"Jack" (Jeff Goldblum), a former scientist, figures out that the aliens are using the world's satellites to send signals to each other to coordinate an attack which begins on July 3rd, when the ships begin to attack major cities around the globe.

Survivors of the attack converge on Area 51, a secret, but well-known, military facility in New Mexico. In a part of the facility, which is inaccessible to the majority of the survivors, is an alien craft which ...

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