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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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The US Navy did not support the making of the film as it did not wish to be associated with the alleged true events surrounding the events of Philadelphia Experiment. See more »

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Early in the movie an order is given onboard the control ship to tell the Eldridge to turn off its equipment. The order is given to an enlisted man wearing a sound-powered phone who then turns to a 1MC box. Although the order needs to be sent by radio, both of the devices are only for internal communications on a ship. See more »

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David Herdeg: This now, this time, it's not ours. We weren't here when it happened. The experiment took place on a ship in a Philadelphia harbor. It was - 1943, October. Does this sound... crazy? You know, or is this sort of thing possible now?
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I'll Never Smile Again
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Published by MCA Music, A Division of MCA Inc.
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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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