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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 40 years into the future.

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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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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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El experimento Filadelfia  »

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$21,000,000 (estimated)
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The Australian trailer featured music from the film Blue Thunder (1983). See more »

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As Sailors are being driven on trucks to the "Philadelphia Naval Shipyard" they pass through the base with several live oak trees dripping with Spanish Moss - which is a dead giveaway for Charleston, South Carolina. See more »

Quotes

David Herdeg: [to transvestite] What the hell are you dressed like that for?
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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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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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