On July 2, a giant alien mothership enters orbit around Earth and deploys several dozen saucer-shaped 'destroyer' spacecraft that quickly lay waste to major cities around the planet. On July 3, the United States conducts a coordinated counterattack that fails. On July 4 the a plan is devised to gain access to the interior of the alien mothership in space in order to plant a nuclear missile.

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  1. Roland Emmerich

    Director, Screenplay

  2. Dean Devlin


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  1. Will Smith

    Will Smith

    Captain Steven Hiller

  2. Bill Pullman

    Bill Pullman

    President Thomas J. Whitmore

  3. Jeff Goldblum

    Jeff Goldblum

    David Levinson

  4. Mary McDonnell

    Mary McDonnell

    First Lady Marilyn Whitmore

  5. Judd Hirsch

    Judd Hirsch

    Julius Levinson

  6. Robert Loggia

    Robert Loggia

    General William Grey

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 25m

Budget $75,000,000.00

Revenue $816,969,268.00

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Release Information

  • June 25, 1996
    PG-13, Theatrical



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