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Independence Day

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Roland Emmerich

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About the Movie

On July 2nd, communications systems worldwide are sent into chaos by a strange atmospheric interference. First thought to be meteors, they are later revealed to be gigantic spacecraft, piloted by a mysterious alien species who have set out to launch an attack throughout the globe. On July 3rd, the aliens all but obliterate New York, Los Angeles, and Washington when a band of survivors devise a plan to fight back against the enslaving aliens. On July 4th, humanity fights for its freedom.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 67
  • Fresh: 42
  • Rotten: 25
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The film has a genial it's-only-a-movie attitude that sets it apart, quite emphatically, from other blockbuster action movies. – Caryn James, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: It's the first futuristic disaster movie that's as cute as a button. Which, when all the special effects blow over, is what we Americans like in a monster hit. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: As unavoidably entertaining as it is hopelessly cornball. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Maybe the moviemakers' mission was to boldly go where everyone in Hollywood has gone before: the bank. – Rita Kempley, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


An absolute classic action movie. Great acting from Will Smith and a great storyline. Special effects are good, when you consider how "old" this movie is. Thumbs up for this.

Not a good movie a GREAT MOVIE

You should watch it for the Bill Pulman speech alone, it still gives me chills


I have seen this movie so many times I have lost count. One reason it is so entertaining and stirring is the fabulous music of David Arnold. He is a master of the mood with his compositions. One may say..."It is just a twist on the old War of the Worlds story" but ID4 is much more than that. It is a perfect combo of special effects and plot, maybe predictable to some extent, but it will leave you with a smile. Everybody needs to see this movie!!

Independence Day
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Released: 1996

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Available Bundle

  1. Independence Day 2 Film Collection, 20th Century Fox Film
  2. Fox 4K HDR Action Adventure Collection, 20th Century Fox Film