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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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Taglines:

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

Burning debris on the hood of the truck as David drives through the barn. See more »

Quotes

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?
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Memories of You
Music by Eubie Blake
Words by Andy Razaf
Published by Shapiro, Bernstein and Co., Inc.
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Despite the Paradoxes, an Enjoyable Film
19 December 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

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 (Michael Paré) and his best friend Jim Parker (Bobby Di Cicco) are projected to 1984, where they meet Allison Hayes (Nancy Allen). 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 wheel succeeded?

"The Philadelphia Experiment" is an enjoyable film with a story with paradoxes, like most of the stories about time travel. The conclusion is corny and romantic, but works well. The military team in the Jeep shooting David and Allison in their car during the persecution through the highway is ridiculous. But anyway this film is still a great entertainment after so many years. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Projeto Filadélfia" ("Philadelphia Project")


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