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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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John Carpenter, Joe Dante, Harley Cokliss and Jonathan Demme were slated to direct the film before Stewart Rafill was hired. See more »

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The ship shown momentarily as the Eldridge (DE-173) at the beginning of the movie is actually the USS Laffey (DD-724), a Sumner class destroyer which looks nothing like a Cannon class destroyer escort. The Laffey is a museum ship in Charleston, South Carolina. See more »

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Major Clark: So, what did you think of the future?
David Herdeg: Television was great.
Major Clark: You didn't see enough of it.
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Memories of You
Music by Eubie Blake
Words by Andy Razaf
Published by Shapiro, Bernstein and Co., Inc.
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Science friction.
31 August 1999 | by (Bethlehem, Pa. U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Yes, the idea is spectacular. Yes, the execution is paltry. You'd think with all the technology available and the decent story, the producers could have given us an adult film. Michael Pare' is a limited actor at best. He has a face the camera loves but is really wooden in his expressions. The director did not push him, and if he did, he didn't push hard enough. If this film were made today, there are many quality people who could fill all the characters aptly. Although I personally like Nancy Allen's look, she could expand her acting as well. I know she can act, if only a director would get inside her head and bring out her ability.

As far as the story line goes, again, it could have been handled so much better, It has a cheap made-for-TV quality to it. I hope someone makes it over. Yes, a repeat performance of the Hollywood kind would be greatly appreciated.


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