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* AttackItsWeakpoint: The ship's cores -- if you can get through the forcefield at least.
* AuthorityEqualsAssKicking: The President was a fighter pilot and leads a raid against one of the ships, though he doesn't get the final shot to take them down.

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* AttackItsWeakpoint: AttackItsWeakPoint: The ship's cores -- if you can get through the forcefield at least.
* AuthorityEqualsAssKicking: AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The President was a fighter pilot and leads a raid against one of the ships, though he doesn't get the final shot to take them down.

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** The packet of fireworks that Hiller gives Dylan with the promise of setting them off once everything is over gets used later on in the official novelization, when Jasmine uses them to scare away [[ApocalypseAnarchy some looters]] that were about to attack her group of survivors.

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** Averted with Russell's crop-dusting biplane, which is carried behind his RV as the family evacuates. The original cut of the film (which made it to the official novelization) had Russell being denied to be part of the fighter wave, so he makes his HeroicSacrifice by ''duct-taping'' a missile to the side of the biplane and charging into the melee.


* ExpositingTheMasquerade: When they visit {{Area 51}}, it turns out TheGovernment knew about the aliens all along.



* WeHaveBeenResearchingPhlebotinumForYears: When they visit {{Area 51}}, it turns out TheGovernment knew about the aliens all along.


** The original ending had a [[spoiler:rejected Russell Casse stealing a missile, strapping it to his biplane and flying that into the alien ship. Had that happened in reality, the plane would have stalled and fallen when attempting to reach the ship's cannon.]]

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** The original ending had a [[spoiler:rejected Russell Casse stealing a missile, strapping it to his biplane and flying that into the alien ship. Had that happened in reality, the plane would have stalled and fallen when attempting to reach the ship's cannon.]]]] Even Dean Devlin thought this ending was unrealistic.

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** The shot of an office worker in an LA building being engulfed in flames is similar to the death of a victim of an explosion in ''Film/PropheciesOfNostradamus''.

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** Then again, given the fact that Hiller earlier laid out one of the bio-suited aliens with just one punch...


Humans fight back, with U.S. Marine pilot Steven Hiller (Creator/WillSmith), President Thomas Whitmore (Creator/BillPullman) and computer programmer David Levinson (Creator/JeffGoldblum) pulling together a {{plan}} to save the human race

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Humans fight back, with U.S. Marine pilot Steven Hiller (Creator/WillSmith), President Thomas Whitmore (Creator/BillPullman) and computer programmer David Levinson (Creator/JeffGoldblum) pulling together a {{plan}} to save the human race
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The film also spawned two tie-in novels: ''[[Literature/IndependenceDay Independence Day: Silent Zone]]'', which is about Okun's work to study their technology before the invasion, and ''[[Literature/IndependenceDay Independence Day: War in the Desert]]'', which follows the RAF pilots seen in the film as they battle alien survivors in the Middle East. In anticipation for the sequel, both books were rereleased, along with the original novelization, as part of the ''Independence Day Omnibus'', which is available as an eBook.

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The film also spawned two tie-in novels: ''[[Literature/IndependenceDay Independence Day: Silent Zone]]'', which is about Okun's work to study their technology before the invasion, and ''[[Literature/IndependenceDay Independence Day: War in the Desert]]'', which follows the RAF pilots seen in the film as they battle alien survivors in the Middle East. In anticipation for of the sequel, both books were rereleased, along with the original novelization, as part of the ''Independence Day Omnibus'', which is available as an eBook.



*** When the orignal ending was scrapped, a brief segment was added to the news bulletin of his arrest to indicate that he was a pilot in Vietnam.

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*** When the orignal original ending was scrapped, a brief segment was added to the news bulletin of his arrest to indicate that he was a pilot in Vietnam.



* BlatantLies: Hiller [[HeroStoleMyBike takes a helicopter without asking]] to go to El Toro. A marine turns a weapon on him and tells him to get out. Hiller says he [[YouWouldntShootMe doubts the other man really wants to shoot him]]. Marine lowers his weapon and Hiller offers him a paper thin excuse:

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* BlatantLies: Hiller [[HeroStoleMyBike takes a helicopter without asking]] to go to El Toro. A marine turns a weapon on him and tells him to get out. Hiller says he [[YouWouldntShootMe doubts the other man really wants to shoot him]]. Marine lowers his weapon and Hiller offers him a paper thin paper-thin excuse:



* FailedASpotCheck: Steve and Jazz are awakened by Jazz's kid, and think the rumbling is an earthquake. When he turns on the television and Emergency Broadcast is on, he still thinks it's the quake. Steve goes out to get the morning paper. He begins to read it, until he notices that the neighbors, ''all of them'' are packing. Only when a helicopter flies overhead and he watches its flight path does he realize it's flying toward one of the invading ships. Doubled down as Jasmine then brings Steve a cup of coffee, but she's watching it so she doesn't spill, and then looks at him, and doesn't notice the spaceship until she looks to see what ''he's'' staring at.

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* FailedASpotCheck: Steve and Jazz are awakened by Jazz's kid, and think the rumbling is an earthquake. When he turns on the television and Emergency Broadcast is on, he still thinks it's the quake. Steve goes out to get the morning paper. He begins to read it, it until he notices that the neighbors, ''all of them'' are packing. Only when a helicopter flies overhead and he watches its flight path does he realize it's flying toward one of the invading ships. Doubled down as Jasmine then brings Steve a cup of coffee, but she's watching it so she doesn't spill, and then looks at him, and doesn't notice the spaceship until she looks to see what ''he's'' staring at.



** Steve and David don't have enmity between them, but aren't really friends until after they go on the mission together.

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** Steve and David don't have enmity between them, them but aren't really friends until after they go on the mission together.



* FourStarBadass: General Grey, as contrast to the weaselly, ass-covering Secretary of Defense Nimziki. Honestly, Gen. Grey's the only person in the government who manages to keep a cool head throughout the crisis, besides President Whitmore, who himself is a badass from the Gulf War. It's really no surprise that in the movie's second act -- by which point the Vice President has been killed off-screen by the alien invaders -- General Grey becomes the President's de facto second-in-command and closest adviser. It's likely that in the movie's universe, General Grey emerges from the crisis with a George Marshall or Dwight Eisenhower-like level of respect, and it's likely that he's either going to be Whitmore's new VP or Secretary of Defense... and the most likely candidate to be Whitmore's immediate successor once his term of office is up.

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* FourStarBadass: General Grey, as in contrast to the weaselly, ass-covering Secretary of Defense Nimziki. Honestly, Gen. Grey's the only person in the government who manages to keep a cool head throughout the crisis, besides President Whitmore, who himself is a badass from the Gulf War. It's really no surprise that in the movie's second act -- by which point the Vice President has been killed off-screen by the alien invaders -- General Grey becomes the President's de facto second-in-command and closest adviser. It's likely that in the movie's universe, General Grey emerges from the crisis with a George Marshall or Dwight Eisenhower-like level of respect, and it's likely that he's either going to be Whitmore's new VP or Secretary of Defense... and the most likely candidate to be Whitmore's immediate successor once his term of office is up.



** Hiller also has one when meeting with General Grey. Hiller asks the General to be transfered back to El Toro, where he told Jazmine to go with Dylan, his stepson, only for the General to inform Hiller that El Toro had been destroyed.

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** Hiller also has one when meeting with General Grey. Hiller asks the General to be transfered transferred back to El Toro, where he told Jazmine to go with Dylan, his stepson, only for the General to inform Hiller that El Toro had been destroyed.



** The F/A-18C is shown to have a deployable braking parachute. The F/A-18, being a carrier based aircraft does not actually possess a braking parachute, relying on its arrestor hook to slow it down when landing on carriers.

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** The F/A-18C is shown to have a deployable braking parachute. The F/A-18, being a carrier based carrier-based aircraft does not actually possess a braking parachute, relying on its arrestor hook to slow it down when landing on carriers.



* MagicCountdown: The climactic 30 second countdown to the bomb's detonation on the mothership took one minute, 33 seconds of screen time.

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* MagicCountdown: The climactic 30 second 30-second countdown to the bomb's detonation on the mothership took one minute, 33 seconds of screen time.



** Most notable of all comes during the climax, when [[spoiler:the alien controller in the mothership hangar realises a nuke is about to go off five feet in front of his face]].

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** Most notable of all comes during the climax, when [[spoiler:the alien controller in the mothership hangar realises realizes a nuke is about to go off five feet in front of his face]].



* SceneryGorn: This film revels in the wholesale destruction of the populated centres of the world. (Emmerich returned to make similarly spectacular carnage in ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow'' and ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve''). Love of this trope must be the reason that a movie which features the destruction of the White House is shown on American television every year on the Fourth of July.

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* SceneryGorn: This film revels in the wholesale destruction of the populated centres centers of the world. (Emmerich returned to make similarly spectacular carnage in ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow'' and ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve''). Love of this trope must be the reason that a movie which features the destruction of the White House is shown on American television every year on the Fourth of July.



** May be justified though as it appears that these aliens have curbstomped the living ''crap'' out of everything they've come across prior to Earth, and nobody else ever came up with the idea, or if they did, never had the sheer balls to try it. As such, electronic counteroffensives by a race whom appears to be all but dead in the water probably never occurred to them.

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** May be justified though as it appears that these aliens have curbstomped the living ''crap'' out of everything they've come across prior to Earth, and nobody else ever came up with the idea, or if they did, never had the sheer balls to try it. As such, electronic counteroffensives by a race whom who appears to be all but dead in the water probably never occurred to them.



* SeeTheWhitesOfTheirEyes: The city buster laser apparently required the destroyers to be immediately above the cities and well in atmosphere. There is also the old fashioned dogfighting.
* SemperFi: Marines have a strong presence in the films cast. Will Smith is a cigar chomping Marine Corps F-18 pilot. William Grey, the President's most trusted right hand man throughout the film, is a Marine Corps General. Also, Grey is alluded to (if not outright referred to) as the President's former commander, which strongly suggests that President Whitmore is a Marine as well.

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* SeeTheWhitesOfTheirEyes: The city buster laser apparently required the destroyers to be immediately above the cities and well in the atmosphere. There is also the old fashioned dogfighting.
* SemperFi: Marines have a strong presence in the films cast. Will Smith is a cigar chomping cigar-chomping Marine Corps F-18 pilot. William Grey, the President's most trusted right hand right-hand man throughout the film, is a Marine Corps General. Also, Grey is alluded to (if not outright referred to) as the President's former commander, which strongly suggests that President Whitmore is a Marine as well.



* SomeKindOfForceField: When the first air-to-air missiles reveal a invisible barrier surrounding the big flying saucer, Hiller declares, "They must have some kind of protective shield over the hull!"

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* SomeKindOfForceField: When the first air-to-air missiles reveal a an invisible barrier surrounding the big flying saucer, Hiller declares, "They must have some kind of protective shield over the hull!"



* SurpriseCheckmate: In his EstablishingCharacterMoment, David quickly beats his father at chess without much fanfare. Julius tries to protest, but concedes shortly after his son has left. In addition, David uses a chess metaphor to explain that the aliens are going to attack, seeing the terrifying "checkmate" well before it actually happens and in time to save Whitmore and most of his staff.

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* SurpriseCheckmate: In his EstablishingCharacterMoment, David quickly beats his father at chess without much fanfare. Julius tries to protest, protest but concedes shortly after his son has left. In addition, David uses a chess metaphor to explain that the aliens are going to attack, seeing the terrifying "checkmate" well before it actually happens and in time to save Whitmore and most of his staff.



** The City Destroyer arriving over New York is all over the place. First it is shown approaching from the southeast (from Brooklyn), over the Statue of Liberty. Then it is shown approaching over the Hudson River from the southwest. Then a later shot shows it emerging from the Brooklyn side of Manhattan from the southeast, then it is shown again approaching from the south.

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** The City Destroyer arriving over New York is all over the place. First First, it is shown approaching from the southeast (from Brooklyn), over the Statue of Liberty. Then it is shown approaching over the Hudson River from the southwest. Then a later shot shows it emerging from the Brooklyn side of Manhattan from the southeast, then it is shown again approaching from the south.



** Regarding the scene where they nuke UsefulNotes/{{Houston}}, a brief shot of highway exits for South Houston and the University of Houston side-by-side. Those areas are about nine miles apart. No where in Houston will you see exits for those that close together.

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** Regarding the scene where they nuke UsefulNotes/{{Houston}}, a brief shot of highway exits for South Houston and the University of Houston side-by-side. Those areas are about nine miles apart. No where Nowhere in Houston will you see exits for those that close together.



** Hiller claims that he is aware of the alien fighter capabilities and that makes him the best chance with flying the Roswell ship. Being a pilot he already has a background in adjusting to different control schemes, but the controls seem fairly intuitive using dual joysticks. His first attempt in the cockpit ends with him going in reverse, although the movement directions being labeled wrong by the scientists wasn't helpful. Immediately after making that claim David asks him quietly if he really believes he can fly it.

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** Hiller claims that he is aware of the alien fighter capabilities and that makes him the best chance with flying the Roswell ship. Being a pilot he already has a background in adjusting to different control schemes, but the controls seem fairly intuitive using dual joysticks. His first attempt in the cockpit ends with him going in reverse, although the movement directions being labeled wrong by the scientists wasn't weren't helpful. Immediately after making that claim David asks him quietly if he really believes he can fly it.




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** Jasmine finds a working truck to get her son out of the ruins of Los Angeles. Between there and El Toro, she picks up a whole crowd of refugees and starts coordinating first aid & food for them all. The only part of this that the audience sees is when she picks up the First Lady.


* DieLaughing: [[spoiler:Russel's HeroicSacrifice has him laughing and shouting profanities at the aliens all the way.]]



* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Russel's HeroicSacrifice has him laughing and shouting profanities at the aliens all the way.]]

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* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Russel's HeroicSacrifice has him laughing and shouting profanities at the aliens all the way.]]


** George Putnam opens the report by mentioning an extraordinary event taking place in the "Russian Republic." The Russian Republic was a short-lived provisional government that existed following Tsar Nicholas' abdication until the October Revolution.
** The report is broadcast from "Soviet Central News."
** [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/id4/images/6/63/ScreenShot045.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20140102171626 This map]] includes the entirety of the USSR, including Ukraine and the Central Asian and Baltic countries.

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** George Putnam opens the report by mentioning an extraordinary event taking place in the "Russian Republic." The Russian Republic was a short-lived provisional government that existed following Tsar Nicholas' abdication until the October Revolution. \n Following the dissolution of the USSR, Russia officially became the Russian Federation.
** The report is broadcast from "Soviet Central News."
" Though this is also incorrect as the central news agency in the Soviet Union was the Telegraph Agency of the Soviet Union.
** [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/id4/images/6/63/ScreenShot045.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20140102171626 This map]] includes the entirety of the USSR, USSR prior to its breakup, including Ukraine and the Central Asian and Baltic countries.


*** When David is explaining the countdown to Marty, he points to a TV with a map showing the arrival of alien ships. One of them is listed as being over Bombay, which changed its name to Mumbai in 1995. In addition, a reporter states that a ship has arrived over the capital of India, which is actually New Delhi.

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*** When David is explaining the countdown to Marty, he points to a TV with a map showing the arrival of alien ships. One of them is listed as being over Bombay, which changed its name to Mumbai in 1995. In addition, a reporter states that a ship has arrived over the capital of India, which is actually New Delhi. However, similar to how one of the ships is listed as being over "Germany" instead of Berlin, this could be an in-universe mistake at the network, which is trying to cover an alien invasion.


* ActuallyPrettyFunny: When an article in the paper compares the president to [[Literature/OliverTwist Oliver]], he only thinks that the comparison is clever.

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: When an article in the paper compares the president to [[Literature/OliverTwist Oliver]], he only thinks that the comparison is clever. In the extended cut, Connie tells him that he's been voted in the Orange County Dispatch as one of the ten sexiest men of the year, which he remarks is "accomplishing something."

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