Writers: Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich
Director: Roland Emmerich
Release: July 3, 1996
Tagline(s): We’ve always believed we weren’t alone. On July 4th, we’ll wish we were.
THESE extraterrestrials don’t want to phone home…They want OUR home.
The day we’ll fight back!
The doomsday ship
EARTH Take a good look. It could be your last.
Don’t make plans for August.
The question of whether or not we are alone in the universe has been answered.
WARNING! Your next stop may not be there.
They only want one thing… DESTRUCTION!
Enjoy The Superbowl. It May Be Your Last (Superbowl Promo)
On July 2nd, they arrive. On July 3rd, they strike. On July 4th, we fight back.
On July 2, 1996, the aliens came. On July 3, 1996, the aliens saw and struck. On Independence Day 1996, the human race will CONQUER!
Producer: Dean Devlin
Associate-Producer: Peter Winther
Executive-Producer(s): Roland Emmerich, Ute Emmerich, William Fay
Stars/Actors: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsh, Robert Loggia, Randy Quaid, Margaret Colin, Vivica A. Fox, James Rebhorn, Adam Baldwin, Harry Connick, Jr
Music by: David Arnold
Production Company: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Runtime: 145 minutes
Synopsis: The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind’s best weapon is the will to survive.
Declassified by Agent Palmer: ‘Today, We Celebrate Our Independence Day’ Inside the 1996 Blockbuster Movie Independence Day
Quotes and Lines
President Thomas Whitmore: Isn’t it amazing how quickly everyone can turn against you?
Newscaster: Once again, the L.A.P.D. is asking Los Angelenos not to fire their guns at the visitor spacecraft. You may inadvertently trigger an interstellar war.
Captain Jimmy “Raven” Wilder: …kick the tires and light the fires…
Captain Jimmy “Raven” Wilder: Why we’re on this particular mission we’ll never know. But I do know, here today, that the Black Knights will emerge victorious once again.
Julius Levinson: You don’t actually think they spend $20,000 on a hammer, $30,000 on a toilet seat, do you?
Dr. Okun: Mr. President! Wow! This is… what a pleasure. As you can imagine, they… they don’t let us out much.
David Levinson: Must go faster, must go faster!
Captain Steven Hiller: No, you did NOT shoot that green shit at me!
Constance Spano: Now he gets ambitious.
David Levinson: Hey, you have any idea how long it takes for those cups to decompose?
Julius Levinson: If you don’t move soon, I’m gonna start to decompose.
President Thomas Whitmore: Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. “Mankind.” That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can’t be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it’s fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom… Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution… but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: “We will not go quietly into the night!’ We will not vanish without a fight! We’re going to live on! We’re going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!”
Captain Steven Hiller: Y’know, this was supposed to be my weekend off, but noooo. You got me out here draggin’ your heavy ass through the burnin’ desert with your dreadlocks stickin’ out the back of my parachute. You gotta come down here with an attitude, actin’ all big and bad…
Captain Steven Hiller: I ain’t heard no fat lady!
David Levinson: Forget the fat lady. You’re obsessed with fat lady. Just get us out of here!
Julius Levinson: It’s the White House, for crying out loud. You can’t just go up and ring the doorbell.
President Thomas Whitmore: I saw… its thoughts. I saw what they’re planning to do. They’re like locusts. They’re moving from planet to planet… their whole civilization. After they’ve consumed every natural resource they move on… and we’re next. Nuke ’em. Let’s nuke the bastards.
Julius Levinson: Oh, don’t give me unprepared! You knew about this for years! What with that spaceship you found in New Mexico! What was it called… Roswell, New Mexico! And that other place… uh… Area 51, Area 51! You knew then! And you did nothing!
Captain Steven Hiller: We’re not hit! We’re not hit! Stop side-seat driving!
Julius Levinson: If you’re so smart, tell me something, how come you go to M.I.T. for 8 years to become a cable repairman?
David Levinson: You really think you can fly that thing?
Captain Steven Hiller: You really think you can do all that bullshit you just said?
Julius Levinson: You punched the President?
David Levinson: He wasn’t the President *yet*!
Julius Levinson: If I had known I was gonna meet the president, I would’ve worn a tie. I mean, look at me. I look like a schlemiel.
David Levinson: It’s like in chess: First, you strategically position your pieces and when the timing is right you strike. They’re using this signal to syncronize their efforts and in 5 hours the countdown will be over.
Julius Levinson: Everyone’s trying to get out of Washington, and we’re the only schmucks trying to get in.