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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 forty years into the future.

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Major Clark (as Kene Holliday)
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Barney
Gary Brockette ...
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Young Longstreet (as Miles Mc Namara)
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Officer Boyer
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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)  »

Also Known As:

El experimento Filadelfia  »

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$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,877,000, 5 August 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,103,330, 3 September 1984
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Stewart Rafill re-wrote the screenplay, so that a love story developed between the characters David (Michael Paré) and Alison (Nancy Allen). Rafill also removed a lot of scientific dialogue concerning explanations for the why and how of the time travel element of the film. See more »

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When the helicopter crashes they use footage from the end of shooting for the fire scene, hence a helicopter looks like a car and buildings on fire. See more »

Quotes

Major Clark: So, what did you think of 1984?
David Herdeg: Television was great.
Major Clark: You didn't see enough of it.
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Referenced in Svengoolie: The Philadelphia Experiment (1995) See more »

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I'll Never Smile Again
By Ruth Lowe
Published by MCA Music, A Division of MCA Inc.
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The greatest bad movie I've even seen
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This movie seems at first like it's going to be the stuff of Mystery Science Theater 3000. It's basically something bad but amusing that you can make fun of. The supporting characters and extras, especially at the beginning, are just atrocious actors. But instead, the movie transforms into something pretty awesome! The end of the world feeling throughout is great, with a vast wormhole sucking up everything around it.

But then other times it's like Dukes of Hazard, with sliding off hoods of cars and vehicles exploding after getting no more than a fender bender. The movie is out of control, careening between amazingly excellent and complete crap. It's like some wise Hollywood producer said, "Needs more action" so they stuck in the most tired, cliched action sequences you can think of: car chases and gun fights. Neither belong in this film.

There's also some implausibilities. For example, David, a guy from the Navy in 1943, inexplicably runs from the Navy of today. Why would he run from the men he should trust the most? It makes no sense. Furthermore, the Navy of today is often shooting at him with real guns! Why would they be trying to kill a man who has done nothing wrong?

Anyway, it's an enjoyable film despite the inconsistencies.


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