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Independance Day

Independance Day launched Will Smith into the box office star that he is today. The film is one of the highest grossing in history and was a remarkable event movie that no one predicted would reahc the heights it did. Will Smiths charming pilot got a lot of laughs and helped Will establish his transition from TV star to movie star.

Original Release Date: July 3, 1996


Will Smith
Jeff Goldblum
Bill Pullman
Randy Quaid
Vivica A. Fox
Judd Hirsch

Movie Budget: N/A

Box Office
Domestic: 306.1 Million
Overseas: 510.8 Million
Overall: 816.9 Million

DVD Details
Versions: Original, 5 Star Collection
Release Date: October 16, 2001

Bonus Features

  • Commentary by Roland Emmerich and Dan Devlin
  • Multi-story option: Viewer can select original theatrical release or special edition release with 9 minutes of added footage
  • Scene specific commentary by director Roland Emmerich and producer Dean Devlin
  • Special effects commentary by Academy Award winners Volker Engle and Doug Smith
  • Interactive Link to Download the Official, Never-Before-Seen ID4 Interactive GameMaking-Of Documentary: Creating Reality (30 min.)
  • Production Stills Gallery, Story Boards Gallery & Concept Art Gallery
  • Full 3-D animated interactive menu screens
  • Original Biplane Ending


EARTH. Take a good look. It could be your last.

One of the biggest box office hits of all time delivers the ultimate encounter when powerful aliens launch an invasion against the human race. The spectacle begins when massive spaceships appear. Wonder turns to terror as the ships blast destructive beams of fire down on cities all over the planet. Now the world's only hope lies with determined survivors, uniting for one last strike against the invaders - before it's the end of mankind.

Best Scene

Seeing the Aliens blow up the Whitehouse was probably the biggest impact scene in Independance Day. Will Smith dragging the alien across the desert was another good one.


Oscar - Best Visual effects
Saturn Award - Best Director - Roland Emmerich
Saturn Award - Best Science Fiction Film
Saturn Award - Best Visual effects
BMI Film Music Award - David Arnold
Kids Choice Award - Favorite Movie
MTV Movie Award - Best kiss - Will Smith & Vivica A. Fox
Peoples Choice Award - Favorite Dramatic Motion Award


Captain Hiller "I'm just a little anxious to get up there and whup E.T.'s ass."

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