Independence Day (1996)

USA, 1995
145m; 153m [special edition], 4035 metres
35mm, Super 35, [one print was made available in 70mm format], Panavision, colour (DeLuxe), 2.35:1
Dolby, English

An American science fiction film directed by Roland Emmerich.

Plot Summary

On July 2, a fleet of huge alien takes up position above the world's major cities and resist any attempts to communicate with them. On July 3, the launch their attack, demolishing those cities and threatening to wipe out Mankind. A group of survivors converges on in Nevada where, with the help a captured alien ship, they prepare to fight back as July 4 dawns.


Directed by: Roland Emmerich
© 1996 by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Twentieth Century Fox presents a Centropolis Entertainment production. A Roland Emmerich film. Produced and released by Twentieth Century Fox
Executive Producers: Roland Emmerich, Ute Emmerich, William Fay
Produced by: Dean Devlin
Written by: Dean Devlin & Roland Emmerich
Director of Photography: Karl Walter Lindenlaub
Film Editor: David Brenner
Music by: David Arnold
Sound Mixer: Jeff Wexler
Costume Designer: Joseph Porro
Makeup Artists: Zoltan, Katalin Elek, Michael F. Blake, Craig Smith
Hairstylist: Joy Zapata
Alien Creature Effects Designed and Supervised by: Patrick Tatopoulos
Production Designers: Oliver Scholl & Patrick Tatopoulos

Will Smith (Captain Steven Hiller)
Bill Pullman (President Thomas J. Whitmore)
Jeff Goldblum (David Levinson)
Mary Mcdonnell (Marilyn Whitmore)
Judd Hirsch (Julius Levinson)
Margaret Colin (Constance Spano)
Randy Quaid (Russell Casse)
Robert Loggia (General William Grey)
James Rebhorn (Albert Nimziki)
Harvey Fierstein (Marty Gilbert)
Adam Baldwin (Major Mitchell)
Brent Spiner (Dr Brakish Okun)
James Duval (Miguel)
Vivica A. Fox (Jasmine Dubrow)
Lisa Jakub (Alicia)
Ross Bagley (Dylan)
Mae Whitman (Patricia Whitmore)
Bill Smitrovich (Captain Watson)
Kiersten Warren (Tiffany)
Harry Connick Jr (Captain Jimmy Wilder)

Alternative Titles

Dan neodvisnosti – Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia
Den nezávislosti – Czechoslovakia
Dia da Independência – Portugal
Día de la Independencia – Argentina
Día de la independencia – Mexico
Dia de la independencia – Venezuela
Dzien niepodleglosci – Poland
A Függetlenség napja – Hungary
Ha-Yom Ha-Shlishi – Israel
ID4 – promotional title
Independence day – Maailmojen sota – Finland
Independence Day, le jour de la riposte – France (poster title)
Iseseisvuspäev – Estonia
Le Jour de l'indépendence – Canada (French)
Kurtulus günü – Turkey
Mera anexartisias – Greece

Independence Day: Resurgence (2016)

Includes extracts from
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

Extracts included in
Attack of the 50 Foot Monster Mania (1999)
Boom! Hollywood's Greatest Disaster Movies (2000)
HBO First Look: The Making of Independence Day (1996)
Hollywood Aliens & Monsters (1997)
Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998)
Independence Day: Creating Reality (2000)
Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003)
The Making of Independence Day (1996)
The Martians and Us: From Apes to Aliens (2007)
Special Effects: Anything Can Happen (1996)
The Ultimate Film (2004)



  • American Cinematographer vol.77 no.7 (July 1996) pp.33-42; 43-50 – illustrated article (Worlds at War by David E. Williams); illustrated article (The As We Know It by Ron Magid)
  • Cinefantastique vol.28 no.3 (October 1996) p.55 – review (Summer behemoth earns its hype by Steve Biodrowski)
  • Cinescape vol.2 no.7 (April 1996) p.22 – illustrated article (Burn on the 4th of July by Dean Lamanna)
  • Empire September 1996 p.26 – review (by Kim Newman)
  • Entertainment Weekly no.547 (30 June 2000) p.109 – illustrated review (New to DVD: Independence Day (B) by Marc Bernardin)
  • epd Film vol.13 no.9 (September 1996) pp.42-43 – review (Independence Day by Rudolf Worschech)
  • FilmMagasinet October 1996 p.59 – review (by Atle H. Boysen)
  • Film Review September 1996 p.17 – review (by Anwar Anwar)
  • Imágenes October 1996 p.116 – review (by Antonio Jose Navarro)
  • Première October 1996 p.32 – review (by Gerard Delorme)
  • Premiere July 1996 pp.78-83 – illustrated article (by Jeff Goldblum and David Strick)
  • Premiere vol.10 no.1 (September 1996) pp.41-42 – review (Doing Lines by Libby Gelman-Waxner [real name: Paul Rudnick])
  • Sight and Sound August 1996 p.53 – review (by Dargis Manohla)
  • Studio October 1996 p.12 – review (by Thierry Valletoux)


  • Diario de Noticias 2 May 1997 – illustrated review (by Eurico De Barros)
  • Svenska Dagbladet 4 October 1996 – review (Rymdäventyr för unga känslolägen by Jeanette Gentele)