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The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)

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Release Date: Aug 3, 1984 Wide

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This science fiction thriller was inspired by a mythical real-life event, the WWII era disappearance of an entire naval vessel during a radar-cloaking test. In 1943, David Herdeg Michael Pare and Jim Parker Bobby DiCicco are sailors stationed aboard a Virginia battleship. Their vessel is undergoing an experiment conducted by brilliant scientist Dr. Longstreeet (Eric Christmas), who is attempting to render Allied craft invisible to radar. The ship becomes briefly invisible, but the test is a

Sep 19, 2000

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One of the best science-fiction films of the 80s - up there with "RoboCop" and "2010"

July 23, 2008 | Comment (1)
Moviehole

silly classic sci-fi

April 18, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

Didn't convince me.

October 1, 2003
FilmsInReview.com

Weird urban legend. Over the top, but interesting.

August 25, 2002
Laramie Movie Scope

Enjoyable time-twisting B-movie.

March 22, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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Audience Reviews for The Philadelphia Experiment

Highly enjoyable adventure which is supposedly based on the real events of 1943 involving the USS Eldridge. Of course there is no evidence to support the stories but the spooky possibility of it all is still fun to think about and actually adds to the films enjoyment.

Yes it looks pretty kooky now with lots of errors and dodgy effects but like many old films that's part of the fun. Actually the effects for the time vortex aren't too bad and the shots of the vortex hole in the sky with lots of swirling cloud around it are quite good still.

The acting is very basic and hokey with chief of cheese Mr Pare and one of the Queens of the 80's Nancy Allen both in a very soppy love plot, lots of military types running around being ordered by lots of scientist types haha its all very cute.

Its really the perfect boys own adventure with a love interest, daring heroism, mystery and a happy ending which can't fail to make you smile..it will also make you wanna jump through time vortexes too hehe.
September 17, 2012
phubbs1

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Time travel story that's strangely devoid of the usual humour and charm that's associated with this kind of thing. Dull and rather pointless; the similar The Final Countdown is far better.
March 3, 2007
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xGary Xx

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Wildly implausible sci-fi tale - good action, romance and, of course, fun.
December 4, 2006
deano
Dean McKenna

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Likeable little sci-fi, love story thing.
July 17, 2013
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