Independence Day

Independence Day

Roland Emmerich (1996)

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Our Score
No film had presented the destruction of the Earth on such an epic scale before this preposterously successful smash-hit sci-fi adventure came along. Of course, when we say Earth we really mean the USA - the rest of the world barely gets a look in. The story is simple: gigantic alien spacecraft take up positions above major cities and then set about destroying everything below. Those plucky Yanks, however, won't go down without a fight. There are subplots focusing on the fate of ordinary folk, but most of the effort goes on the mind-boggling set pieces. Such scenes of digital mayhem are now commonplace, but this provided the template, and the levelling of Washington here is still impressive. Will Smith's charismatic performance as a wisecracking fighter pilot helped make him one of the biggest box-office draws in the western world, while Jeff Goldblum delivers a variation on his boffin role in Jurassic Park. Bill Pullman, meanwhile, manfully keeps a straight face as the beleaguered American President. Of the females, Vivica A Fox fares the best, although the likes of Mary McDonnell and Margaret Colin are largely wasted in supporting roles. But this is, after all, a special effects, not an acting, showcase, and a very entertaining one at that.


A fleet of huge flying saucers launches a devastating and unprovoked attack on Earth. As survivors try to flee the seemingly unstoppable alien invaders, the courageous US president, an ace pilot and a computer genius come up with a plan to take the fight to the enemy and save the human race. Roland Emmerich's sci-fi adventure, starring Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Randy Quaid, Robert Loggia and Harry Connick Jr.

Cast & Crew

Captain Steve Hiller Will Smith
President Thomas J Whitmore Bill Pullman
David Levinson Jeff Goldblum
Marilyn Whitmore Mary McDonnell
Julius Levinson Judd Hirsch
General William Grey Robert Loggia
Russell Casse Randy Quaid
Constance Spano Margaret Colin
Albert Nimziki James Rebhorn
Marty Gilbert Harvey Fierstein
Major Mitchell Adam Baldwin
Dr Brakish Okun Brent Spiner
Miguel James Duval
Jasmine Dubrow Vivica A Fox
Captain Jimmy Wilder Harry Connick Jr
Director Roland Emmerich
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for violence and language.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray