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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... David Herdeg
... Allison Hayes
... Dr. James Longstreet
... Jim Parker
... Pamela
... Major Clark (as Kene Holliday)
Joe Dorsey ... Sheriff Bates
Michael Currie ... Magnussen
... Barney
Gary Brockette ... Adjutant / Andrews
Debra Troyer ... Young Pamela
Miles McNamara ... Young Longstreet (as Miles Mc Namara)
... Older Jim
James Edgcomb ... Officer Boyer
... 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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3 August 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El experimento Filadelfia  »

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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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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 »

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As the Sailors are heading for the Naval Base in the beginning, they cross a Bridge. Modern day street lamps can be clearly seen. See more »

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David Herdeg: [to transvestite] What the hell are you dressed like that for?
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The Runner
By Ian Thomas
Published by Mark-Cain Music
Performed by Manfred Mann
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Despite the Paradoxes, an Enjoyable Film
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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 (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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