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The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)

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A United States Navy destroyer escort participates in a Navy "invisibility" experiment that inadvertently sends two sailors 40 years into the future.

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Reportedly based on a true incident during World War II involving an anti-radar or invisibility experiment that caused the U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Eldridge to disappear from Philadelphia Harbor. Two of the ship's sailors finds themselves thrown 40 years into the future to 1984. Written by K. Rose <rcs@texas.net> and D. Conwill <conwi1wd@cmich.edu>

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An adventure beyond time. The experiment that should never have happened 41 years ago... Is still going on. See more »


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3 August 1984 (USA)  »

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The script originally included several pages of scientific-based dialog at the very end that were cut. See more »

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In a front shot of Allison's car, the rear view mirror is missing, and you can see the spot where it should be attached to the windshield. When the scene switches to a rear shot of the vehicle driving away, the mirror can clearly be seen in the window. See more »

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[Trying to steal Allison's car]
David Herdeg: Where the hell's the clutch?
Allison Hayes: It's automatic!
David Herdeg: Get in, you're driving.
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Excellent bubble-gum science fiction.
27 December 1999 | by (Poughkeepsie, NY) – See all my reviews

People always seem to write this off as too soft and fuzzy, poorly executed, but it is one of the most charming and fun science fiction films I have ever seen. The effects are amazing and the direction is way more expressive than you would expect. As far as science fiction goes, this is no 'Alien' or 'Solaris' and it has logical loopholes you could drive a battleship through, but it is fast paced and lots of fun to watch. Be prepared to suspend your disbelief with steel girders and rent this.


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