History Film / ThePhiladelphiaExperiment

12th Jul '16 9:39:07 AM butterflygrrl
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* TimeTravelForFunAndProfit: Parker owns a ranch, but he doesn't seem to be any wealthier than he could have been otherwise. [[spoiler: Herdeg, however, makes a joke at the end about the military probably owing him 40 years of back pay.]]

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* TimeTravelForFunAndProfit: Parker owns a ranch, but he doesn't seem to be any wealthier than he could have been otherwise. However, he didn't see much of the future before being incapacitated, so didn't pick up a lot of information that could be easily exploited. [[spoiler: Herdeg, however, makes a joke at the end about the military probably owing him 40 years of back pay.]]
12th Jul '16 9:34:48 AM butterflygrrl
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Two sailors from 1943, David Herdeg and Jim Parker, become FishOutOfTemporalWater when the US Navy destroyer they are stationed on vanishes as an unforeseen side-effect of an experiment in creating an electromagnetic InvisibilityCloak, and they find themselves in 1984. While they deal with the culture shock, Parker gets sick and vanishes, apparently sucked back in time. Herdeg, searching for an explanation for what happened to him, winds up at a military installation where it is revealed that a second cloaking experiment is underway, this time involving an entire city. It, too, vanished, and now there's a huge vortex in the sky that is sucking everything into it and growing larger.

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Two sailors from 1943, David Herdeg and Jim Parker, become FishOutOfTemporalWater when the US Navy destroyer they are stationed on vanishes as an unforeseen side-effect of an experiment in creating an electromagnetic InvisibilityCloak, and they find themselves in 1984. While they deal with the culture shock, Parker gets sick is overcome by the out-of-control side effects and vanishes, apparently sucked back in time.disappears. Herdeg, searching for an explanation for what happened to him, winds up at a military installation where it is revealed that a second cloaking experiment is underway, this time involving an entire city. It, too, vanished, and now there's a huge vortex in the sky that is sucking everything into it and growing larger.
1st Nov '15 6:53:27 AM ham-peas
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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: There was a project involving degaussing naval ships to allow them to pass through a field of magnetic sea mines. One sailor was electrocuted, but otherwise it was a success. That's about the closest the film gets to reality.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: There was a project involving degaussing naval ships to allow them to pass through a field of magnetic sea mines. One sailor was electrocuted, which is an occupational hazard of working with the high-kiloampere currents required to cancel an entire ship's magnetic field, but otherwise it was a success. That's about the closest the film gets to reality.
1st Nov '15 6:50:25 AM ham-peas
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The movie is InspiredBy, and takes its name from, a supposed ''real'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_Experiment invisibility experiment conducted during WWII]] which resulted in the same "side effects" as depicted in the movie. Today it's regarded as being little more than the stuff of overactive, discredited conspiracy theories.

It was followed by a sequel in 1993: ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaExperimentII''.

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The movie is InspiredBy, and takes its name from, a supposed ''real'' ConspiracyTheory which itself revolves around [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_Experiment a supposed invisibility experiment conducted during WWII]] WWII]], which is said to have resulted in the same "side effects" side effects as depicted in the movie. Today it's regarded The story's most probable origin lies in WWII experiments with whole-ship degaussing as being little more than the stuff of overactive, discredited conspiracy theories.

a countermeasure against magnetically triggered sea mines, likely conflated with contemporary generator experiments aboard a destroyer which produced visually impressive, yet almost entirely harmless, corona discharges.

It was followed by a an InNameOnly sequel in 1993: ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaExperimentII''.
22nd Jun '15 12:37:27 PM Fighteer
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* ConflictBall: All Herdeg had to do was go with the military. He is never given any reason ''not'' to trust the military -- when the group of soldiers comes down the hall at the hospital, he just runs for no reason. Of course, judging by his character through the movie, he's not the brightest bulb. It gets worse when Herdeg meets the man who he takes into the base at gunpoint who out-and-out tells Herdeg "You'll never get into the base -- it's secure!" despite the fact that that very base was the one looking for Herdeg. The conflict is all quite contrived, but TropesAreTools.
** They do get chased by a helicopter which opens fire on them without warning, but that's ConflictBall, too.

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* ConflictBall: All Herdeg had to do was go with the military. He is never given any reason ''not'' to trust the The military -- when the group of soldiers comes down the hall at the hospital, he just runs for no reason. Of course, judging by his character through the movie, he's not the brightest bulb. It gets worse when in 1984 is unnecessarily aggressive in trying to capture Herdeg meets and Parker, and the man who he takes into latter are unreasonably afraid, when they are both members of the base at gunpoint who out-and-out tells Herdeg "You'll never get into U.S. Navy and, if anything, should expect reasonable treatment from the base -- it's secure!" despite government. The irrational behavior from both parties creates all the fact that that very base was the one looking for Herdeg. The conflict is all quite contrived, but TropesAreTools.
** They do get chased by a helicopter which opens fire on them without warning, but that's ConflictBall, too.
in the second act of the film.
22nd Jun '15 12:34:58 PM Fighteer
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* ConflictBall: [[JustEatGilligan All Herdeg had to do was go with the military]]. He is never given any reason ''not'' to trust the military -- when the group of soldiers comes down the hall at the hospital, he just runs for no reason. Of course, judging by his character through the movie, he's not the brightest bulb. It gets worse when Herdeg meets the man who he takes into the base at gunpoint who out-and-out tells Herdeg "You'll never get into the base -- it's secure!" despite the fact that that very base was the one looking for Herdeg. The conflict is all quite contrived, but TropesAreTools.

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* ConflictBall: [[JustEatGilligan All Herdeg had to do was go with the military]].military. He is never given any reason ''not'' to trust the military -- when the group of soldiers comes down the hall at the hospital, he just runs for no reason. Of course, judging by his character through the movie, he's not the brightest bulb. It gets worse when Herdeg meets the man who he takes into the base at gunpoint who out-and-out tells Herdeg "You'll never get into the base -- it's secure!" despite the fact that that very base was the one looking for Herdeg. The conflict is all quite contrived, but TropesAreTools.



* JustEatGilligan: As under ConflictBall above, all Herdeg and Parker had to do was check in with the military and explain their story. The scientists were indeed looking for them and didn't mean them any harm.
22nd Jun '15 7:59:25 AM Morgenthaler
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A sequel, ''The Philadephia Experiment II'', was released in 1993. Herdeg wakes up one morning to discover that Germany has retroactively conquered the United States, apparently having won WorldWarTwo using a mysterious super-bomber. It turns out that yet another teleportation experiment resulted in the transportation of a nuclear-armed F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter to 1943, and he must return to the past to stop it from being used by the Nazis. It features none of the original cast.

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A sequel, ''The Philadephia Experiment II'', It was released followed by a sequel in 1993. Herdeg wakes up one morning to discover that Germany has retroactively conquered the United States, apparently having won WorldWarTwo using a mysterious super-bomber. It turns out that yet another teleportation experiment resulted in the transportation of a nuclear-armed F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter to 1943, and he must return to the past to stop it from being used by the Nazis. It features none of the original cast.1993: ''Film/ThePhiladelphiaExperimentII''.



!!Tropes present in ''The Philadelphia Experiment'':

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!!Tropes present in ''The Philadelphia Experiment'':
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!!Tropes present in ''The Philadelphia Experiment II'':
* ALittleSomethingWeCallRockAndRoll: Rock's absence in the alternate Nazi-run America is indirectly noted. The main bad guy is introduced as he tries to decide what background music to use for a propaganda film celebrating 50 years of totalitarian rule. After listening to Mahler, Wagner, Strauss, and Handl, he decides that "highbrow Eurotrash" won't cut it. Later on, he settles on country swing, but it still doesn't sound quite right.
* AlternateHistory: A scientific experiment sends a stealth fighter carrying nuclear bombs back in time to 1943. The Nazis capture the jet and use it to bomb Washington D.C. and win WorldWarII.
* ForWantOfANail: A rather ''big'' nail, but still.
%%* TheFutureIsShocking
* GivingRadioToTheRomans: Albeit by accident -- a stealth aircraft armed with nuclear bombs is transported back in time to Nazi Germany, where it's used to attack several cities in the eastern United States.
* GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel: The point of the film.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: You'd think that scientists in this world would have figured out by now not to try to teleport things or make them invisible.
* RippleEffectProofMemory: Somehow the altered modern timeline knows about what went wrong in the unaltered one.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: A variation in that Herdeg has to fix the past to stop the future from screwing with the past.
* StableTimeLoop: Inverted; see below.
* StupidJetpackHitler: Thanks to TimeTravel.
* TemporalParadox: In this case, [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong setting right what once went wrong]] ''destabilizes'' the StableTimeLoop and erases the entire incident from ever having happened.
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!!Tropes present in ''The Philadelphia Experiment II'':
* ALittleSomethingWeCallRockAndRoll: Rock's absence in the alternate Nazi-run America is indirectly noted. The main bad guy is introduced as he tries to decide what background music to use for a propaganda film celebrating 50 years of totalitarian rule. After listening to Mahler, Wagner, Strauss, and Handl, he decides that "highbrow Eurotrash" won't cut it. Later on, he settles on country swing, but it still doesn't sound quite right.
* AlternateHistory: A scientific experiment sends a stealth fighter carrying nuclear bombs back in time to 1943. The Nazis capture the jet and use it to bomb Washington D.C. and win WorldWarII.
* ForWantOfANail: A rather ''big'' nail, but still.
%%* TheFutureIsShocking
* GivingRadioToTheRomans: Albeit by accident -- a stealth aircraft armed with nuclear bombs is transported back in time to Nazi Germany, where it's used to attack several cities in the eastern United States.
* GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel: The point of the film.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: You'd think that scientists in this world would have figured out by now not to try to teleport things or make them invisible.
* RippleEffectProofMemory: Somehow the altered modern timeline knows about what went wrong in the unaltered one.
* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: A variation in that Herdeg has to fix the past to stop the future from screwing with the past.
* StableTimeLoop: Inverted; see below.
* StupidJetpackHitler: Thanks to TimeTravel.
* TemporalParadox: In this case, [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong setting right what once went wrong]] ''destabilizes'' the StableTimeLoop and erases the entire incident from ever having happened.
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10th Nov '14 7:01:13 PM joeengland
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* BodyHorror: After the ship returns from its trip many of the sailors are severely burned, but several are even seen "phased" halfway through a metal walkway... still living.
8th Sep '14 1:02:22 AM Arivne
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* AlternateHistory: A scientific experiment sends a stealth fighter carrying nuclear bombs back in time to 1943. The Nazis use the jet to bomb Washington D.C. and win WorldWarII.

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* AlternateHistory: A scientific experiment sends a stealth fighter carrying nuclear bombs back in time to 1943. The Nazis use capture the jet and use it to bomb Washington D.C. and win WorldWarII.
8th Sep '14 1:00:40 AM Arivne
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* AlternateHistory: A scientific experiment sends a stealth fighter carrying nuclear bombs back in time to 1943. The Nazis use the jet to bomb Washington D.C. and win WorldWarII.
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