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Director:
Writers:
Michael Janover (screenplay) and
William Gray (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
3 August 1984 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Will you survive? See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
I'm a sucker for a time travel movie... See more (50 total) »

Cast

  (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
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.
Charles Hall ... Commander
David Michels ... Prison Guard (as David Allen Michaels)
Raymond Kowalski ... Radio Technician
Andrew McCartney ... Technician
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)
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Directed by
Stewart Raffill 
 
Writing credits
Michael Janover (screenplay) and
William Gray (screenplay)

Wallace C. Bennett (screen story) and
Don Jakoby (screen story)

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 
 
Cinematography by
Dick Bush 
 
Film Editing by
Neil Travis 
 
Casting by
Linda Francis 
 
Art Direction by
Chris Campbell 
 
Set Decoration by
Diane Campbell 
 
Costume Design by
Joanna Palace 
 
Makeup Department
Joe Giannone .... hair stylist
Annie Maniscalco .... makeup artist (as Annie F. Maniscalco)
 
Production Management
Billy Ray Smith .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Max W. Anderson .... second unit director
Jeffrey Chernov .... first assistant director
Pat Kehoe .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Brit Babcock .... head on-set dresser
Scott H. Campbell .... model maker
W. Stewart Campbell .... visual consultant
Robert Van Dyke .... propmaker foreman
Andrew Probert .... pre-production design consultant (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John K. Adams .... supervising sound editor
Gary Alexander .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Robert Gravenor .... sound mixer
Duane Hensel .... foley artist
Dick Le Grand .... sound effects
John Post .... foley artist
Steve Rice .... dialogue editor
Charles Ewing Smith .... sound effects (as Chuck Smith)
R.J. Kizer .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Max W. Anderson .... special effects
Lawrence J. Cavanaugh .... special effects
R. Bruce Steinheimer .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Max W. Anderson .... visual effects supervisor
Deborah Gaydos .... animator
Julia Gibson .... visual effects production manager
Holly Hudson .... animator
Douglas S. Kay .... computer graphics: as Joblove/Kay
Katherine Kean .... animator
Candace Lewis .... animation assistant
Bret Mixon .... animation assistant
Juniko Moody .... animation camera operator
Jonathan Seay .... visual effects cameramen
Craig Clark .... special effects animator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Fernando Celis .... stunt coordinator
Monty Cox .... stunts
Jon H. Epstein .... stunt double
Jon H. Epstein .... stunts (as Joe Epstein)
Glory Fioramonti .... stunts
Ted Gincig .... stunts
Lee Praggastie .... stunts
Sherry Peterson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Olkowski .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Cate Praggastis .... casting: Utah
Gary Towles .... extras casting assistant
 
Editorial Department
Terry Kelley .... assistant editor
David M. Perkins .... final colorist (2000 DVD)
 
Other crew
Jamie Arbuckle .... production assistant
Bob Blongiewicz .... production assistant
Brent Bowman .... production assistant
Corey Burton .... adr loop group
Rudy Daniels .... craft service
Lawrence Doll .... helicopter pilot
Michael Donner .... production accountant
Al Ebner .... unit publicist
Jim Gerwig .... caterer
Eric Johnson .... production assistant
Joseph A. Liuzzi .... location manager
Michelle Marshall .... completion guarantor: The Completion Bond Company
Thomas R. McDonough .... technical advisor (as Dr. Thomas R. Mc Donough)
Lewis Petty .... caterer: Proud Chef
Steve Rhea .... location manager
Debra Rosen .... representative: South Carolina Film Commission
John D. Sarviss .... helicopter pilot
Phil Strauss .... production assistant
Randy Stricklin .... production assistant
Douy Swofford .... title designer
Teresa Thomas .... production secretary
 

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Runtime:
102 min
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Color:
Color (CFI) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The town showing the destruction of buildings was shot in Utah. The city needed funds to help pay for a new sewage system, so director Stewart Rafill purchased a block of run-down, abandoned buildings and had his special effects team blow it up for the film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In a front shot of Allison's car, the rear view mirror is missing, and you can see the spot where it should be attached to the windshield. When the scene switches to a rear shot of the vehicle driving away, the mirror can clearly be seen in the window.See more »
Quotes:
Jim Parker:Isn't that - water up ahead?
David Herdeg:No. This is a desert. And that's a mirage.
Jim Parker:[later, walking through the flooded plain] How much longer you think this mirage is gonna last?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in 100 Million BC (2008) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Memories of YouSee more »

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45 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
I'm a sucker for a time travel movie..., 29 May 2001
Author: Lone Wolf (cbaile@msaa.com) from South Jersey

I've seen every time travel movie ever made, and I must say that the Philadelphia Experiment ranks pretty high on my list of favorites. Despite the cheesy love story (almost as bad as Titanic or Pearl Harbor) the effects are pretty good and the story is cool.

The actors were fair (Nancy Allen was great, though) and the screenplay is pretty good. It's a really interesting story in itself, though. If you have any interest at all in this movie, I would strongly recommend looking for books about the actual Philadelphia Experiment. (sometimes found in collections of paranormal phenomenon) The supposed true story involves tests to camoflauge a navy ship - rendering it either invisible to radar or TRULY invisible (stories vary as to the exact intent of the experiment) apparently through the use of magnetic fields. The rumor is that the ship disappeared from the Philadelphia naval yard and TELEPORTED to a Virginia naval yard. The crew had a variety of side-effects, ranging from temporary invisibility and/or intangibility to getting phased into solid objects and getting stuck there. (a couple of people who were phased into solid objects can be seen in the movie - pretty cool!) The "true" story makes a great read and even if only a fraction of it is true, it's a pretty remarkable idea that any of it happened in reality.

The Philadelphia Experiment is an entertaining movie, but more for sci fi fans and their girlfriends rather than the average moviegoer. Stay away from the Philadelphia Experiment II, though... it's just awful.

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