The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Biography, Drama  |  3 August 1984 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Di Cicco ...
Louise Latham ...
Major Clark (as Kene Holliday)
Joe Dorsey ...
Michael Currie ...
Gary Brockette ...
Debra Troyer ...
Miles McNamara ...
Young Longstreet (as Miles Mc Namara)
Ralph Manza ...
Older Jim
James Edgcomb ...


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 <> and D. Conwill <>

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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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Release Date:

3 August 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Philadelphia Experiment  »

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$21,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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The film takes place in 1943 and 1984. See more »


When David is running through the restaurant jumping onto tables, there is spilled food on the floor under the table before he jumps onto it. See more »


David Herdeg: [sees President Ronald Reagan giving a speech on television] Hey, I know this guy. Is this another movie?
Allison Hayes: [smiles] No, David, it's not another movie.
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In the Mood
Music by Joe Garland
Published by Shapiro, Bernstein and Co., Inc.
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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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