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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 forty years into the future.

Director:

Stewart Raffill

Writers:

Michael Janover (screenplay), William Gray (screenplay) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Paré ... David Herdeg
Nancy Allen ... Allison Hayes
Eric Christmas ... Dr. James Longstreet
Bobby Di Cicco ... Jim Parker
Louise Latham ... Pamela
Kene Holiday ... Major Clark (as Kene Holliday)
Joe Dorsey ... Sheriff Bates
Michael Currie Michael Currie ... Magnussen
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Barney
Gary Brockette Gary Brockette ... Adjutant / Andrews
Debra Troyer Debra Troyer ... Young Pamela
Miles McNamara Miles McNamara ... Young Longstreet (as Miles Mc Namara)
Ralph Manza ... Older Jim
James Edgcomb James Edgcomb ... Officer Boyer
Glenn Morshower ... Mechanic
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Storyline

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 »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El experimento Filadelfia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,877,000, 5 August 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,103,330, 3 September 1984
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (CFI)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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At the time of its release, it had the fastest theatrical-to-video window in film history (it opened in August and was released on video by late October). See more »

Goofs

The USS Yorktown is shown with the closed "Hurricane Bow" that wasn't added until 1953. During the war, the bow was open and contained anti-aircraft batteries. 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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In the Mood
Music by Joe Garland
Published by Shapiro, Bernstein and Co., Inc.
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A terrible movie - barely even based on the 'real' experiment
30 June 2001 | by lagoonguySee all my reviews

As soon as I saw the ubiquitous 1940s dance scene, where they didn't even bother giving the girls (and guys) 1940s style hair, I knew this movie was going to be bad. All the 40's girls had that lovely permed hair from the 80s. They didn't even bother with details. Now, the movie itself - The 'real' Philadelphia experiment is such a fantastic story that they could have made the movie about the real legend. No, instead they have 2 guys jump overboard while the ship is in the 'vortex', making them zip through time into 1984, where the Navy is still doing another similar experiment. No need to go into the details, but from there it just gets worse with silly adventures, the Navy trying to capture them, etc. The only saving aspect is the very end of the movie, where you see (as the real legend records) a few guys fused to the ship. But it's hardly worth it. I can't even believe they filmed a sequel. What a truly, truly disappointing movie. Someone please make a real movie about the Philadelphia Experiment.


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