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Philadelphia Experiment II (1993)

David Herdeg's participation in a failed 1943 experiment in radar invisibility has propelled him 40 years into the future. An aberration in his genetic makeup enabled him to pass through ... See full summary »

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Stephen Cornwell

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Wallace C. Bennett (characters), Don Jakoby (characters) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Johnson ... David Herdeg
Marjean Holden ... Jess
Gerrit Graham ... Dr. William Mailer / Friedrich Mahler
John Christian Graas John Christian Graas ... Benjamin Herdeg
Cyril O'Reilly ... Decker
Geoffrey Blake ... Logan
Lisa Robins ... Scotch
David Wells ... Pinstripes
Larry Cedar ... Hank the Controller
Al Pugliese ... Coach
James Greene ... Professor Longstreet
Andrew Steel Andrew Steel ... Lieutenant
Allen Perada ... Mahler's Double
Hank Stone ... Gate PK
John Rixey Moore ... General #1
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Storyline

David Herdeg's participation in a failed 1943 experiment in radar invisibility has propelled him 40 years into the future. An aberration in his genetic makeup enabled him to pass through the portal of time. It has also made him sensitive to any alteration to the time continuum. Another disasterous experiment in 1993 sends a stealth aircraft through the time portal, into 1943 Germany. Simultaneously, Herdeg is pulled into the portal, and finds himself in the terrifying 1993 that resulted from a Nazi victory in World War II. Written by Kevin Ackley <kackley1@aol.com>

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They cut a hole through time


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Rated PG-13 for military violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

4 June 1994 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

The Philadelphia Experiment 2 See more »

Filming Locations:

Fillmore, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,926, 14 November 1993, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,970
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Production Co:

Trimark Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Shot in 34 days. See more »

Goofs

In the alternate 1993 where the Nazis had conquered the U.S., no German was spoken by anyone including the soldiers and guards. It seems unlikely that The descendants of the Nazi's that occupied the U.S. would somehow switch to English. In addition to this, Mailer seems to be having trouble communicating in German when he meets his father in 1943. It's very unlikely the descendants of the occupying Nazis would abandon their home language and not force the surviving U.S. civilian population to learn German. No explanation for this is offered. See more »

Quotes

Dr. William Mailer: What went through your mind on your way here?
David Herdeg: Truth is twisted, who's responsible?
Dr. William Mailer: Well, responsibility is, generally, one of those things claimed by the righteous, whereas consequences are assigned to the meek. What's your choice?
David Herdeg: Strength... to make the right choice.
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Connections

References RoboCop (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

TACO SALAD EXPERIMENT
Performed by The Radio Ranch Straight Shooters
(C) 1992, All Rights Reserved
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Some Good Ideas That Never Really Come Together
27 July 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Philadelphia Experiment II (1993)

** (out of 4)

Sequel to the 1984 cult classic has David (Brad Johnson) living with his son in current day 1993. What he doesn't know is that the government is trying a new experiment and when they start it they end up sending David to a new time. The new setting is still 1993 but it's fifty years after Germany defeated the world and times are certainly a lot different. David ends up joining forces with some rebels and they try to correct history. There's a fairly good movie located somewhere inside PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT II but sadly the budget just isn't there and the execution is also all over the place and in the end we're left with a film that doesn't work and one that will mostly likely frustrate you because they weren't able to make it work. The first forty-five minutes or so are actually fairly entertaining as everything in the story is getting set up. We learn about what David has been up to since the previous movie and they set up his lifestyle and situation very well. Once the actual accident happens we're introduced to an excellent idea: what would the U.S. be like if they lost WWII? There are so many great ideas that could have come from this but sadly the second portion of the film pretty much falls apart as the brain is turned off and we're just given a bunch of silly action scenes that all come across incredibly cheap. The problem with the low budget is that it really hurts these action scenes because none of them feel as if they're really happening. The big, "epic" battle just looks tame and it's really hard to believe that you're in this war-torn environment when everything just looks like a bad "B" movie. I think there's a great story to be found in this film but the execution just isn't here so one really hopes that another film, with a bigger budget and with more wiggle room with the screenplay, will come along. Performances are what you'd expect from a film like this with Johnson doing a decent job. I can't imagine fans of the first film would enjoy this since there's no one from that previous film connected to this one.


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