Directed by: Roland Emmerich
Written by: Roland Emmerich, Dean Devlin
Produced by: Dean Devlin
Other cast: Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Judd Hirsch, Robert Loggia, Randy Quaid, Margaret Colin, Vivica A. Fox
Release date: July 3, 1996
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Running time: 2h 25min
The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive.
In Mary’s words…
First Lady Marilyn Whitmore! I was just talking about her yesterday, because we were shooting downtown, and when my driver was taking me home, I looked up and I saw the U.S. Bank building… and suddenly the whole moment inIndependence Day came flooding back where Marilyn Whitmore is on the roof of one of the buildings in L.A. and gets into the helicopter, and then she looks over at the roof of another building, where all these Los Angelinos are dancing and asking the aliens to take them. It was a blast!
I was really surprised, though, because when I read the script, I think I was working on something else at the time, so I had to read it pretty quickly, and… I hadn’t really done a lot of action movies before, so I didn’t really know how to read the special-effects paragraphs. So I kind of skipped over them and I looked through the story, looked for the characters and the usual things I look for, and I said, “Oh, I’d love to play this! This will be wonderful! This is going to be quite a wonderful movie!” When I went to the premiere and saw them blow up the White House, I was absolutely astonished! I was, like, “Oh, my God! Look at the movie I agreed to!” But in the long run, it was really a fun, marvelous thing. I loved it. [from “Mary McDonnell on Battlestar Galactica and going mute in front of Robert Redford” by Will Harris]