• Thu. Jun 13th, 2024

Independence Day is a 1996 science fiction film directed by . The film follows the events that unfold after a fleet of advanced alien spaceships arrive on Earth, intent on destroying all human life. A disparate group of people, including a US President, a scientist, a fighter pilot, and a group of civilians, must come together to fight back against the alien invaders and save humanity from destruction.


Independence Day was a massive box office hit upon its release, grossing over $800 million worldwide. The film was praised for its visual effects, which were groundbreaking at the time, and its thrilling action sequences. Critics also noted the film's patriotic themes and its strong ensemble cast, which included , , , and . However, some reviewers criticized the film's reliance on cliches and its simplistic storytelling.


Independence Day was nominated for two Academy Awards, including Best Visual Effects and Best Sound. The film won the Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film, as well as several other awards for its visual effects and sound design.


Independence Day has remained popular in the years since its release, with many viewers continuing to enjoy its thrilling action and sci-fi spectacle. The film has also become a cultural touchstone, with its iconic scenes and catchphrases becoming a part of popular culture. A sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence, was released in 2016, but received mixed reviews and was not as successful as the original.


Directed by
Written by
Produced by Dean Devlin
Cinematography Karl Walter Lindenlaub
Edited by David Brenner
Music by David Arnold
Centropolis Entertainment
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • July 3, 1996
Running time
145 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $75 million
Box office $817.4 million



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