In 1943, the government prepares to take part
in an anti-radar experiment, involving sailors and their ship.
An unexpected side effect of the experiment throws two sailors
forward, to 1984.
Amazed to be in the future, the sailors kidnap a woman and go
on a road trip. One of the sailors is pulled back into the past.
Arriving at a military base, the remaining sailor takes part in
a risky, new experiment, to reverse the effects of the original
disastrous experiment. The experiment a success, the sailor decides
to stay in the present with his new girlfriend.
Director Stewart Raffill's, THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT, is a
well made, clever, time travel yarn.
Michael Pare ("Eddie and the Cruisers"), is well cast
as a time traveling sailor, from the 1940's. While his character
isn't very bright, he's likable, and sympathetic.
Nancy Allen ("Robocop", "Dressed to Kill"),
as a present day woman that Pare kidnaps, who falls in love with
him, is convincing.. As ably Directed by Raffill, she comes across
as strong, vulnerable, and sympathetic.
The film's Script, (Story by Wallace Bennett and Don Jakoby; Screenplay
by William Gray and Michael Janover), has some nice Sci-Fi moments.
Newly arrived, in 1984, fellow sailor/time traveler, Bobby DiCicco,
picks up an aluminum can off the beach, remarking, "It's
so light. What's it made of?"
The FX, particularly those depicting a time storm, are quite good.
The Special Visual Effects are courtesy of Cinemotion Pictures
Inc., Max W, Anderson, and Special Effects Unlimited, Inc.
Director of Photography, Dick Bush, does good work here. Particularly
good is a low angle shot, as the young Doctor Longstreet looks
at sailors on the deck below him, as though they are lab mice,
as a radar shield rotates in the background behind him.
The Music, Performed by the National Philharmonic Orchestra of
London, is frequently ominous and melancholy. Ken Wannberg gets
THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT should be fairly watchable for most
Sci-Fi viewers. Time travel/Pare fans will dig this one.
If you liked THE PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT you should
enjoy THE FINAL COUNTDOWN and/or MOON 44.