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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
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
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)
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 .... 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)
Fernando Celis .... stunt coordinator
Monty Cox .... stunt player
Jon H. Epstein .... stunt double
Jon H. Epstein .... stunts (as Joe Epstein)
Glory Fioramonti .... stunt player (as Gloria Fioramonti)
Ted Gincig .... stunt player
Lee Praggastis .... stunts
Sherry Peterson .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Bolner .... electrician
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
Victor Kloster .... generator technician
Michael LaViolette .... electrician (as Michael La Violette)
Gary Louzon .... second unit assistant cameraman
Ron McCausland .... key grip
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
Editorial Department
William Hoy .... editor
Terry Kelley .... assistant editor
David M. Perkins .... final colorist (2000 DVD)
Arthur Tostado .... color timer
Music Department
Eric Tomlinson .... music recorded by
Transportation Department
Johnny Bartlet .... driver (as Johnny R. Bartlett)
Al Bartoli .... driver
Keenan Haight .... driver (as Ken Haight)
Allan Herendeen .... driver
Jimmie Holland .... driver (as Jimmy Dale Holland)
Tom F. Thomas .... transportation captain (as Tom Thomas)
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 .... assistant auditor
Al Ebner .... unit publicist
Jim Gerwig .... caterer: Proud Chef (as James Gerwig)
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
Phil Strauss .... production assistant
Randy Stricklin .... production assistant
Douy Swofford .... title designer
Teresa Thomas .... production secretary

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Also Known As:
102 min
Color (CFI) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
Continuity: The scene where Jim Parker is fitting in hospital has an ECG machine showing his heart beat going crazy. In a subsequent scene where he fits again before disappearing, the ECG shows a normal heartbeat.See more »
David Herdeg:This now, this time, it's not ours. We weren't here when it happened. The experiment took place on a ship in a Philadelphia harbor. It was - 1943, October. Does this sound... crazy? You know, or is this sort of thing possible now?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "The Triangle" (2005)See more »
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14 out of 19 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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