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The Philadelphia Experiment (2012)

In 'The Philadelphia Experiment', a secret government research project tries reviving the World War II "Philadelphia Experiment," which was an attempt to create a cloaking device to render ... See full summary »

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Paul Ziller

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Andy Briggs, David Sanderson (story editor)
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Complete credited cast:
Nicholas Lea ... Bill Gardner
Michael Paré ... Hagan
Ryan Robbins ... Richard Falkner
Emilie Ullerup ... Molly Gardner
Gina Holden ... Kathryn Moore
John Reardon ... Deputy Carl Reed
Malcolm McDowell ... Morton Salinger
Marsha Regis ... Rami
Chad Krowchuk ... Reece
Allison Hossack Allison Hossack ... Lena
Tom McBeath ... Broadmore
Dean Redman ... Sargent
Mark Pawson Mark Pawson ... Amateur Pilot
Lauro David Chartrand-DelValle ... Hagan's Driver (as Lauro Chartrand)
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In 'The Philadelphia Experiment', a secret government research project tries reviving the World War II "Philadelphia Experiment," which was an attempt to create a cloaking device to render warships invisible. When the experiment succeeds, it brings back the original ship (the Eldridge) that disappeared during the first test in 1943 - which brings death and destruction to the 21st century. It's up to the sole survivor (Lea) of the first experiment and his granddaughter (Ullerup) to stop it. Written by SyFy Official Press Release

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

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 July 2012 (USA) See more »

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Dolby SR

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Near the end of the movie, when the Dr. Falkner is describing controls to Bill Gardner, he calls one a "Magnetic Flux Capacitor", perhaps as a nod to the Back to the Future movies, which are also about time travel. See more »

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When the airplane "N-1030" is requesting clearance for takeoff, they call the tower and announce themselves as "Vantage 354." In reality, they would have called out their plane model and N-Number "N1030." See more »

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Remake of The Philadelphia Experiment (1984) See more »

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Another SyFy Attempt From Paul Ziller
1 June 2013 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A group of scientists trying to create a cloaking device accidentally conjure up the USS Eldridge, a ship that disappeared in 1943. Now their only priority is to send it back.

While I did not see the 1980s version of this story, I am familiar with what allegedly happened in real life. I think this is a fine plot of what could have happened, even if it does not necessarily make logical sense.

Director Paul Ziller is SyFy's go-to guy and has made quite a few of their productions now, with varying degrees of success. I feel like Ziller really has a handle on how to make a low-budget science fiction film, as he has the formula down. The weakest part is always the special effects (the computer-generated effects), which are out of his control.

Of course, this film also suffers from having Emilie Ullerup, one of the worst actresses in the history of the universe. Her character is a bit hard to believe (a world-class hacker working as a waitress in a small town diner), but even if we accept that, Ullerup just kept overacting repeatedly. I felt no sympathy for her and think the film would have been much better if her scenes were just cut out completely.

And why did the police officer wear jeans?


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