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Independence Day

Independence Day is a 1996 American epic science fiction action film directed and co-written by Roland Emmerich. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell, Judd Hirsch, Margaret Colin, Randy Quaid, Robert Loggia, James Rebhorn, and Harvey Fierstein. The film focuses on disparate groups of people who converge in the Nevada desert in the aftermath of a worldwide attack by an extraterrestrial race of unknown origin. With the other people of the world, they launch an all-out counterattack on July 4Independence Day in the United States.

Plot

On July 2, 1996, an enormous mothership orbits the Earth, deploying multiple saucers, each with a fifteen-mile radius, that take positions over Earth's major cities. David Levinson, an MIT-trained satellite technician, decodes a signal embedded within global satellite transmissions, realizing it is the aliens' countdown timer for a coordinated attack. With help from his ex-wife, White House Communications Director Constance Spano, David and his father Julius gain access to the Oval Office and alert President Thomas Whitmore to the threat. Whitmore orders evacuations of New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., but it is too late. The saucers fire destructive beams, causing massive explosions that kill millions. Whitmore, the Levinsons, and a few others escape aboard Air Force One as the capital is destroyed along with the other cities.

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    award Academy Award for Best Visual Effects Amanda Award for Best Foreign Feature Film Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss Satellite Award for Best Editing Satellite Award for Best Visual Effects Saturn Award for Best Director
    contentLocation California Houston Los Angeles New York City Washington, D.C.
    director Roland Emmerich
    editor David Brenner
    events alien invasion aviation extraterrestrial life Roswell UFO incident
    genre action adventure science fiction
    keywords air force one alien ship area 51 around the world capture computer virus destructive beams directed-energy weapons enclosed space first lady first lady of the united states force field force fields grand canyon independence day injured july 4 kill massachusetts institute of technology military base mit morse code mothership natural resources nuclear missile oval office president president of the united states psychic roswell secret service secretary of defense survive telepathically telepathy u.s. military ufo conspiracy ufo conspiracy theory united states secret service united states secretary of defense us military virus wash white house communications director
    musicBy David Arnold
    nomination Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing Academy Award for Best Visual Effects BAFTA Award for Best Sound BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Foreign Language Film Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie MTV Movie Award for Best Action Sequence MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance MTV Movie Award for Best Movie Satellite Award for Best Editing Satellite Award for Best Visual Effects
    producer Dean Devlin
    productionCompany Centropolis Entertainment
    publisher 20th Century Fox
    recordedAt Bonneville Salt Flats Colorado Colorado Springs Iceland Los Angeles National Radio Astronomy Observatory New Jersey New Mexico New York City Pittsburgh Reykjavík Utah Wendover Airport
    theme disaster science fiction action science fiction adventure science fiction war