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The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)

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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In 1943, the United States tests an anti-radar system to make the U.S. Navy ships invisible to the enemy. Dr. James Longstreet uses his experiment in the destroyer escort USS Eldridge that disappears from Philadelphia. The sailors David Herdeg and his best friend Jim Parker are projected to 1984, where they meet Allison Hayes. They unsuccessfully try to contact their base and out of the blue Jimmy disappears in a hospital. Allison helps David to visit Jimmy's wife Pamela, but Jimmy refuses to see him. Now David's only hope is meeting Dr. James Longstreet to learn what to do. Will he be well succeeded? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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3 August 1984 (USA)  »

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El experimento Filadelfia  »

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$21,000,000 (estimated)
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The film takes place in 1943 and 1984. See more »

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When the sailors arrive at the pier in the beginning, the white ship seen in the background is the NS Savannah, the world's first nuclear powered cargo ship. The NS Savannah was not launched until 21 July 1959, 16 years after the first experiment in the movie. See more »

Quotes

David Herdeg: Whew. What is *that*?
Allison Hayes: Oh, I think it's a Porsche.
David Herdeg: Now that's *really* neat.
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The Runner
By Ian Thomas
Published by Mark-Cain Music
Performed by Manfred Mann
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Underrated, Excellent
11 March 1999 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film is brilliant - I don't care what others think - It is your basic adventure time travel film. I think the plot is genius - When something disappears nobody thinks what's going on while it's invisible - This is what happens in the film as a ship is cloaked during world war 2 to prevent radar detection but the ship completely vanishes - while invisible 2 crew members jump overboard into one of the best time warps i've ever seen, into 1984 - I think the acting, effects and overall tension of the movie was way ahead of it's time and will remain my personal favourite film.


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