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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 »
Awards:
1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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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
(in alphabetical order)
Wallace C. Bennett  story
Charles Berlitz  book
William Gray 
Don Jakoby  story
Michael Janover 
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
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
Corey Burton .... adr loop group
Lawrence Doll .... helicopter pilot
Michael Donner .... production accountant
Jim Gerwig .... caterer
Joseph A. Liuzzi .... location manager
Steve Rhea .... location manager
John D. Sarviss .... helicopter pilot
Douy Swofford .... title designer
 

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Runtime:
102 min
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Color (CFI) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
John Carpenter, Joe Dante, Harley Cokliss and Jonathan Demme were slated to direct the film before Stewart Rafill was hired.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When David is running through the restaurant jumping onto tables, there is spilled food on the floor under the table before he jumps onto it.See more »
Quotes:
Sheriff Bates:We've all got problems, honey. But we don't solve 'em with guns.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Xenogears (1998) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
I'll Never Smile AgainSee more »

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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Fantastic experiment during WWII winds up throwing two sailors into future world, 30 November 2009
Author: ma-cortes

Based on an "actual event" that took place in 1943 and set during WW2 , a ¨Philadelphia experiment¨ about invisibility and involving an anti-radar goes wrong , causing an USS naval battleship -Navy Destroyer Escort- to disappear from the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard , Virginia , by means of a warp time . A pair of sailors (stars Michael Pare and Bobby DiCicco) find themselves thrown into a temporary hole and sent 40 years into the future . Then they find in modern world of 1984 and a cataclysm that threatens to destroy it and change the course of history . Meanwhile , they meet a beautiful girl(costars Nancy Allen) who help them .

This is a far-fetching but acceptable story about two sailors traveling forward in time to just to discover weird incidents and save the world . Reportedly (?) based on a true events that are developed with intrigue , suspense , thrills and noisy action . Familiar but satisfying and agreeable Sci-Fi yarn . Just amusement enough to cover production gaps and some flaws . Fine special effects for that time and liking performances by the leads manage to keep this one afloat . Good support cast as Louise Latham and Stephen Tobolowsky , among others . Colorful cinematography by Dick Bush and atmospheric musical score by Wannberg. The motion picture was professionally directed by Stewart Raffill . He's an expert on adventure genre as ¨Across the Great Divide¨ , ¨Sea Gypsies¨ and science fiction as ¨Ice pirates¨ , ¨Mc and Me¨ and of course this one . It's followed by an inferior sequel titled ¨Philadelphia experiment II ¨ with Brad Johnson . Rating : Acceptable and passable fare although better viewed in big screen .

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