The Philadelphia Experiment is a 2012 science fiction TV movie. It is directed by Paul Ziller and stars Michael Paré, Malcolm McDowell, Nicholas Lea, and Emilie Ullerup and based on the urban legend of the Philadelphia Experiment.
In 1943, the US Navy ship USS Eldridge disappears, due to the Philadelphia Experiment. In the present day (2012), researchers try to re-create the experiment, which has the unintended consequence of making the Eldridge reappear, apparently having travelled through time. The sole survivor of the original experiment is aboard, and meets up with his now-adult granddaughter. The Eldridge continues to drift through time and space, trapping others aboard it. The research company tries to cover-up the incident by killing everyone involved. A struggle ensues as others try to protect the survivors, and return them their original time and place.
- Nicholas Lea … Bill Gardner.
- Michael Paré … Hagan.
- Ryan Robbins … Richard Falkner.
- Emilie Ullerup … Molly Gardner.
- Gina Holden … Kathryn Moore.
- John Reardon … Deputy Carl Reed.
- Malcolm McDowell … Morton Salinger.
- Marsha Regis … Rami.
- Chad Krowchuk … Reece.
- Allison Hossack … Lena.
- Tom McBeath … Broadmore.
- Dean Redman … Sargent.
- Mark Pawson … Amateur Pilot.
- Lauro David Chartrand-DelValle … Hagan’s Driver (as Lauro Chartrand).
- Dmytro Kolesnyk … Mercenary (uncredited).
- Actor Michael Paré already featured in the 1984 film of the same name here, 28 years later, has the role of henchman Hagan.
- When Naval Lieutenant Bill Gardner (Nicolas Lea) first meets Lena (Allison Hossack) in the diner, he tries to pay for his coffee with a vintage silver certificate 5 dollar bill (1923 series), known as a “porthole”.
- It is a rare 5 dollar note and is actually worth hundreds of dollars in today’s money due to it’s collectible status.
- Lena’s character apparently knows that silver certificate notes are far more valuable than their face value, which is why she questions him if he is sure that he wants to use that vintage money to pay for his coffee.
- The time connection is between 1943 and 2013. When explaining the situation one character says he could stop World War II before it started.
- If the connection is to 1943 it would be too late to stop the war before it started (which was 1939).
- Setting up for a squeal? At the end of the movie, when the portal back to 1943 opens up, a stealth bomber is also pulled into the portal.
- In Philadelphia Experiment 2 (1993) a stealth aircraft ends up in 1943 in German hands.
Philadelphia Experiment Film Series
- The Philadelphia Experiment, a 1984 science fiction film starring Michael Paré.
- The Philadelphia Experiment 2, a 1993 sequel.
- The Philadelphia Experiment, a 2012 made for TV film, starring again Michael Paré and Malcolm McDowell.
- Forever Young: A 1992 time travel through cryostasis film.
- The Final Countdown: A 1980 film with a warship travelling back in time.
Production & Filming Details
- Paul Ziller.
- Josée Bernard … co-executive producer.
- Tom Berry … executive producer.
- Lisa M. Hansen … executive producer (as Lisa Hansen).
- Paul Hertzberg … executive producer.
- John Prince … producer.
- Andy Briggs … (written by).
- David Sanderson … (story editor).
- Michael Neilson.
- Michael C. Blundell.
- Christopher A. Smith.
- Cinetel Films.
- Movie Central (produced with the participation of).
- Rainbow Pictures.
- Syfy (produced in association with).
- Albatros Film (2013) (Japan) (DVD).
- Cinetel Films (2012) (Non-US) (all media).
- Free Dolphin Entertainment (2012) (France) (all media).
- IPA Asia Pacific (2013) (Thailand) (all media).
- Reel One Entertainment (2012) (USA) (all media).
- Sunfilm Entertainment (2012) (Germany) (DVD).
- Syfy (2012) (USA) (TV) (cable).
- Release Date: 28 July 2012 (US).
- Running time: 89 minutes.
- Rating: 12.
- Country: US.
- Language: English.