• Independence Day (1996)

Independence Day

Release Date: July 3rd, 1996

DVD Release Date: June 27th, 2000

PG-13 |2 hr 25 min

Plot Summary

In the epic adventure film "Independence Day," strange phenomena surface around the globe. The skies ignite. Terror races through the world's major cities. As these extraordinary events unfold, it becomes increasingly clear that a force of incredible magnitude has arrived; its mission: total annihilation over the Fourth of July weekend. The last hope to stop the destruction is an unlikely group of people united by fate and unimaginable circumstances.

Cast: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Margaret Colin, Randy Quaid, Robert Loggia

Director: Roland Emmerich

Genres: Action , Adventure , Science fiction

Production Co: Twentieth Century Fox, Centropolis Film Productions, Centropolis Entertainment

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Amusing , Survival , Soldier , Los Angeles , Underdog , Quest , 1990s , New York City , Death , Intense

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

    A rousing state-of-the-art cartoon capped by an aerial-combat climax that, to its credit, isn't anti-climactic. [2 July 1996, p.D1]

  • 63
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    For all of its huge budget, Independence Day is a timid movie when it comes to imagination. The aliens, when we finally see them, are a serious disappointment. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalleSan Francisco Chronicle

    The alien attack, taking place in several cities at once, is breathtaking...All the same, Independence Day is consistently funny. show more

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Winner Visual Effects
Nominated Achievement in Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)
Nominated Sound
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1997)