A United States Navy destroyer escort participates in a Navy "invisibility" experiment that inadvertently sends two sailors forty years into the future.

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Stewart Raffill

Writers:

Michael Janover (screenplay), William Gray (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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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 ... Magnussen
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Barney
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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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 »


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Nancy Allen and Bobby Di Cico both appeared in Steven Spielberg's 1941 (but shared no scenes together). Each film dealt with World War II (before that they starred in I Wanna Hold Your Hand directed by 1941 co-writer Robert Zemeckis). See more »

Goofs

As Sailors are being driven on trucks to the "Philadelphia Naval Shipyard" they pass through the base with several live oak trees dripping with Spanish Moss - which is a dead giveaway for Charleston, South Carolina. See more »

Quotes

Sailor #1: Hey, there goes the whiz kid.
Sailor #2: Doesn't look too happy, does he?
David Herdeg: Maybe he knows somethin' we don't.
Sailor #1: Thanks, David, that's just what I wanted to hear.
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Referenced in Xenogears (1998) See more »

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The Runner
By Ian Thomas
Published by Mark-Cain Music
Performed by Manfred Mann
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Fantastic experiment during WWII winds up throwing two sailors into future world
30 November 2009 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Philadelphia Experiment See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$21,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,877,000, 5 August 1984

Gross USA:

$8,103,330

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,103,330
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Color (CFI)| Color

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1.78 : 1
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