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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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This film is widely believed to be based on a real-life and ill-fated experiment with invisibility and force fields in the 1940s. However, to the best of any factual knowledge, no such experiment ever occurred and the story was the work of an eccentric loner, Carl Allen, who sent notes on the "experiment" to the government in the 1950s and whose story was later leaked. Despite the lack of any factual evidence, the story has become an urban legend and favorite of conspiracy theorists, who point to the lack of evidence as proof that it's being covered up. 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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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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14 May 2012 | by (minneapolis, minnesota, on the planet Earth) – See all my reviews

There are a lot of questions surrounding The Philadelphia Experiment. How is it that 1940s era sailors got 1980s haircuts before they even traveled forty years into the future? How could Manfred Mann perform "The Runner" without worrying that a version of himself from 1964 might suddenly appear and rip out his vocal cords for singing such a typically idiotic 1980s type song? Why is that time travelers always make it look so easy to find a love interest? How was it that after screwing up the Philadelphia Experiment, the military still has complete confidence in Dr. James Longstreet to allow him to pursue his misguided experiments for the next forty years?

My rating: 9.7 and one half stars. The Philadelphia Experiment gets an extra half star because the time travelers see punk rockers at a diner out in the Nevada desert. Also, every car chase featured a vehicle flipping over.


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