The Philadelphia Experiment (1984) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Philadelphia Experiment (1984)

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This interesting sci-fi adventure (named and adapted from a widely-reported incident in 1942 about a battleship that supposedly disappeared with all its crew) begins in 1943 on a naval destroyer where strange experiments are being enacted. Something goes wrong and the ship and two crewmen are sent forty nine years into the future. They then try to solve the mystery of how they got there and how they can get home. In the meantime, one of the soldiers falls in love.more
Rating: PG (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Johnny Carpenter, Wallace C. Bennett, Don Jakoby, Michael Janover
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 19, 2000
Runtime:
Starmaker Entertainment

Cast

Nancy Allen
as Allison
Eric Christmas
as Longstreet
Kene Holliday
as Maj. Clark
Joe Dorsey
as Sheriff Bates
Michael Currie
as Magnusson
Charles Hall
as Commander
Gary Brockette
as Adjutant Andrews
Debra Troyer
as Young Pamela
Miles McNamara
as Young Longstreet
Ralph Manza
as Older Jim
James Edgcomb
as Officer Boyer
Vivian Brown
as Ma Willis
Ed Bakey
as Pa Willis
Bill Smillie
as Evangelist
Lawrence Lott
as Technician
Stephen O'Reilly
as Punk Rocker
Clayton Wilcox
as Transvestite
Pat Dasko
as Dry Wells Newscaster
Richard Jewkes
as Technician
Michael Rudd
as Truck Driver
Stephanie Faulkner
as Newscaster No.1
Rick Schrand
as Mandell
Bill Smille
as Evangelist
Brent E. Laing
as Radar Technician
Michael Ruud
as Truck Driver
Andrew McCartney
as Technician
Robin Krieger
as X-ray Technician
Andrew R. Nuzzo
as Generator Technician
Joe Moore
as Commander's Buddy
Raymond Kowalski
as Radio Technician
Don Dolan
as Driver
Tony Farrell
as Bandleader
Andrew Bracken
as Crazed Sailor
Rudy Daniels
as Policeman
Gilbert Girion
as Policeman
Jay Bernard
as Engineer
Charles Hall
as Commander
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Critic Reviews for The Philadelphia Experiment

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

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

July 23, 2008
Moviehole

silly classic sci-fi

April 18, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

Didn't convince me.

October 1, 2003
FilmsInReview.com

Audience Reviews for The Philadelphia Experiment

½

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 in white coats...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.

phubbs1
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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.

garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Wildly implausible sci-fi tale - good action, romance and, of course, fun.

deano
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

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