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Release Date:
3 August 1984 (USA) See more »
Will you survive? See more »
A United States Navy destroyer escort participates in a Navy "invisibility" experiment that inadvertently sends two sailors 40 years into the future. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Paré ... David Herdeg

Nancy Allen ... Allison Hayes

Eric Christmas ... Dr. James Longstreet
Bobby Di Cicco ... Jim Parker
Louise Latham ... Pamela

Kene Holliday ... Major Clark
Joe Dorsey ... Sheriff Bates
Michael Currie ... Magnussen

Stephen Tobolowsky ... Barney
Gary Brockette ... Adjutant / Andrews
Debra Troyer ... Young Pamela
Miles McNamara ... Young Longstreet (as Miles Mc Namara)
Ralph Manza ... Older Jim
James Edgcomb ... Officer Boyer

Glenn Morshower ... Mechanic

Rodney Saulsberry ... Doctor
Vivian Brown ... Ma Willis
Stephanie Faulkner ... TV Newscaster #1
Ed Bakey ... Pa Willis

Michael Villani ... TV Newscaster #2

Vaughn Armstrong ... Cowboy
Bill Smillie ... Evangelist
Lawrence Lott ... Technician
Stephan O'Reilly ... Punk Rocker

Clay Wilcox ... Transvestite (as Clayton Wilcox)
Pat Dasko ... Dry Wells Newscaster
Pamela Brull ... Doris
Richard Jewkes ... Technician
Pamela Doucette ... Nurse
Michael Ruud ... Truck Driver
Deborah E. Dixon ... Nurse
Mary Lois Grantham ... Mrs. Waite
Rick Schrand ... Mandell
Patrick DeSantis ... Jim Jr. (as Patrick De Santis)
Charles Hall ... Commander
David Michels ... Prison Guard (as David Allen Michaels)
Raymond Kowalski ... Radio Technician (as Raymond Kowlaski)
Andrew McCartney ... Technician (as Andrew Mc Cartney)
Anthony R. Nuzzo ... Generator Technician

Robin Krieger ... X-Ray Technician
Joe Moore ... Commander's Buddy
Don Dolan ... Driver
Brent S. Laing ... Radar Technician
Jeffrey S. Smith ... Sailor
Tony Farrell ... Bandleader
Andrew Bracken ... Dazed Sailor
Rudy Daniels ... Policeman #1
Jay Bernard ... Engineer
Steve Sachs ... First Sailor
Bo Parham ... Radio Operator
Harry Beer ... Second Sailor
Kerry Lee Maher ... Radio Operator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sharon Doss ... Violet (uncredited)
Gilbert Girion ... Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Stewart Raffill 
Writing credits
Michael Janover (screenplay) and
William Gray (screenplay)

Wallace C. Bennett (story by) (as Wallace Bennett) and
Don Jakoby (story by)

Charles Berlitz (book) &
William L. Moore (book)

Produced by
Pegi Brotman .... associate producer
John Carpenter .... executive producer
Douglas Curtis .... producer
Joel B. Michaels .... producer
Original Music by
Kenneth Wannberg  (as Ken Wannberg)
Cinematography by
Dick Bush (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Neil Travis 
Casting by
Linda Francis 
Art Direction by
Chris Campbell 
Set Decoration by
Diane Campbell 
Costume Design by
Joanna Palace  (as Joanne Palace)
Makeup Department
Joe Giannone .... hair
Annie Maniscalco .... makeup
Production Management
Billy Ray Smith .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Max W. Anderson .... second unit director
Jeffrey Chernov .... first assistant director
Gail Joyce Fortmuller .... second assistant director
Pat Kehoe .... first assistant director (as Patrick Kehoe)
Art Department
Brit Babcock .... lead set dresser
Lee Berglund .... property master
Scott H. Campbell .... model maker
W. Stewart Campbell .... visual consultant
John Carney .... property assistant
Bill Cornford .... construction coordinator: utah
Robert Van Dyke .... propmaker foreman
Andrew Probert .... pre-production design consultant (uncredited)
Sound Department
John K. Adams .... supervising sound editor
Gary Alexander .... dialogue mixer
Barbara J. Boguski .... adr (as Barbara Boguski)
James T. Burns .... boom man
Robert Gravenor .... sound mixer (as Bob Gravenor)
Devon Heffley Curry .... adr (as Devon Heffley)
Duane Hensel .... foley artist
Dick Le Grand .... sound effects
Maggie Ostroff .... sound apprentice
R.J. Palmer .... sound apprentice
John Post .... foley artist
Steve Rice .... dialogue editor
Charles Ewing Smith .... sound effects (as Chuck Smith)
Larry Stensvold .... effects mixer
David Lewis Yewdall .... sound designer
R.J. Kizer .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Max W. Anderson .... special effects
Casey Cavanaugh .... special effects technician
Lawrence J. Cavanaugh .... special effects coordinator (as Larry Cavanaugh)
Steve Lombardi .... special effects technician (as Steven Lombardi)
Robert G. Willard .... special effects technician (as Bob Willard)
R. Bruce Steinheimer .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Max W. Anderson .... special visual effects
Beth Block .... optical supervisor
Betzy Bromberg .... printer operator
Steve Caldwell .... visual effects photography
Stuart Cudlitz .... visual effects stage assistant
Joshua Cushner .... visual effects camera operator
Christofer Dierdorff .... visual effects photography (as Chris Dierdorff)
Judith Evans .... editorial assistant
Deborah Gaydos .... animator
Julia Gibson .... visual effects supervisor
Ed Harker .... printer operator
Holly Hudson .... animator
Sharon Johnston .... production assistant
Douglas S. Kay .... computer graphics: as Joblove/Kay
Katherine Kean .... animator
Jon Lee .... motion control art director
Candace Lewis .... animation assistant (as Candy Lewis)
Paula A. Lumbard .... visual effects producer
Roxanne Mayweather .... assistant to producer
Bret Mixon .... animation assistant
Juniko Moody .... animation camera operator
Sarah Pasanen .... line-up (as Sara Pasanen)
Jonathan Seay .... visual effects cameramen
Stephen Small .... special rigging
Peter Taylor .... special rigging
Anthony Weber .... visual effects stage assistant
Craig Clark .... special effects animator (uncredited)
Fernando Celis .... stunt coordinator
Monty Cox .... stunt player
Jon H. Epstein .... stunt double
Jon H. Epstein .... stunt player (as Jon Epstein)
Glory Fioramonti .... stunt player (as Gloria Fioramonti)
Ted Gincig .... stunt player
Lee Praggastis .... stunt player
Sherry Peterson .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Bolner .... electrician
Alan Brownstein .... electrician: south carolina
Garfield Burke .... electrician
Nick Cline .... electrician (as Nicolas Cline)
Vincent Contarino .... electrician
M.J. Elliott .... still photographer
Paul Elliott .... first assistant camera
Steven Finestone .... second assistant camera
Paul Hauser .... electrician
Ben Hausing .... best boy electric
Robert Hayes .... camera operator
Jeff 'Moose' Howery .... best boy grip: south carolina (as Jeff Howery)
Bobby Huber .... electrician: south carolina (as Robert Huber)
Victor Kloster .... generator technician
Michael LaViolette .... electrician (as Michael La Violette)
Edward 'Tantar' LeViseur .... grip: south carolina (as Edward Tantar Le Viseur)
Gary Louzon .... second unit assistant cameraman
Ron McCausland .... key grip
Robert McClure .... best boy electric: south carolina (as Robert Mc clure)
David Michels .... grip (as Dave Michaels)
Roger Olkowski .... gaffer
Michael Paris .... still photographer
Jonathan Seay .... second unit photographer
Dylan Shephard .... grip
Ron Sky .... electrician
Philip Sloan .... best boy grip (as Phil Sloan)
Michael Stocks .... grip
Wayne Stroud .... best boy electric
Casting Department
Jeff Greenberg .... casting assistant
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Cate Praggastis .... casting: Utah
Gary Towles .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marydith Chase .... assistant wardrobe
Steve Lepre .... wardrobe assistant: south carolina
Editorial Department
William Hoy .... editor
Terry Kelley .... assistant editor
David M. Perkins .... final colorist (2000 DVD)
Arthur Tostado .... color timer
Music Department
Joel Fein .... music mixer
John R. Harris .... music editor
Eric Tomlinson .... music recorded by
Transportation Department
Chris Arnaud .... driver: south carolina
Johnny Bartlet .... driver (as Johnny R. Bartlett)
Al Bartoli .... driver
Dana Bennett .... driver: south carolina
Darren Christensen .... driver: utah
Todd Christensen .... driver: utah
Jackie Crane .... honeywagon driver: south carolina
Keenan Haight .... driver (as Ken Haight)
Allan Herendeen .... driver
Jimmie Holland .... driver (as Jimmy Dale Holland)
Frank Kanig .... driver: utah
Thomas Melton .... driver: south carolina
Peggy Stuber .... driver: utah
Tom F. Thomas .... transportation captain (as Tom Thomas)
Eddie Lee Voelker .... transportation captain: south carolina
Other crew
Jamie Arbuckle .... production assistant
Bob Blongiewicz .... production assistant
Brent Bowman .... production assistant
Corey Burton .... adr loop group
Randall L. Crocker .... production assistant: south carolina (as Randall Crocker)
Rudy Daniels .... craft service
Catherine Davis .... production assistant: south carolina
Lawrence Doll .... helicopter pilot
Michael Donner .... assistant auditor
Al Ebner .... unit publicist
Jim Gerwig .... caterer: Proud Chef (as James Gerwig)
Reggie Jackson .... location manager: utah
Eric Johnson .... production assistant
Coni Lancaster .... production coordinator
Joseph A. Liuzzi .... location manager (as Joe Luizzi)
Michelle Marshall .... completion guarantor: The Completion Bond Company
Thomas R. McDonough .... technical advisor (as Dr. Thomas R. Mc Donough)
Connie Papineau .... script supervisor (as Connie Papinau)
Lewis Petty .... caterer: Proud Chef
Amy Rabins .... production auditor
Joseph Raffill .... location manager
Steve Rhea .... location manager
Debra Rosen .... representative: South Carolina Film Commission
John D. Sarviss .... helicopter pilot
Susan Sinclair .... production secretary: south carolina
Phil Strauss .... production assistant
Randy Stricklin .... production assistant
Douy Swofford .... title designer
Teresa Thomas .... production secretary

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102 min
Color (CFI) | Color
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Did You Know?

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 »
Factual errors: When the Eldridge is given the order to get underway, there's a shot of the engines starting up. The connecting rods of a steam reciprocating engine are shown but the Eldridge had diesel-electric drive. No Navy warships had reciprocating engines since the early 1900's.See more »
David Herdeg:You know, I got it all figured out... Navy owes me 40 years back pay.See more »
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Interesting Story Letdown by Budget, 26 July 2012
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Nice bit of sci-fi and romance about two WWII sailors (Michael Pare, Bobby DiCicco) who take part in an experiment that will put an invisible shield around ships that will allow them not to be spotted by enemy ships. The experiment ends up going wrong and the two men find themselves in 1984 not knowing what went wrong but they meet a woman (Nancy Allen) who tries to help them. THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT is a pretty interesting little film that sadly just doesn't have the budget or performances to really work as well as it possibly could have. THE FINAL COUNTDOWN is a film that dealt with a few similar ideas and I think overall that film is much, much better but this one here still has enough going for it to make it worth viewing. I think the most interesting aspects deal with the sailor trying to come to terms with the fact that he's in an unknown place and soon he realizes that everything and everyone he knew is now gone. I thought the scenes with him trying to find someone from his past were the most interesting and made for some nice drama. The sci-fi elements are also pretty good as the mystery to what happened is something that keeps you glued to the film even when the special effects are making you want to gag. I understand this was a low-budget film but the effects here are beyond bad no matter when they were made. I found the performances to be mixed as well. I thought Pare didn't bring enough to the part and there were times that he came across pretty bad including a scene in a hotel where he breaks down. DiCicco is fairly good in his part and Allen is dependable as she always is. THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT has plenty of interesting ideas but one really wishes that the producers were given a bit more money to do something with it.

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