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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 is overcome by the out-of-control side effects and 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.

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Two sailors from 1943, David Herdeg (Creator/MichaelPare) and Jim Parker, Parker (Bobby Di Cicco), 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 is overcome by the out-of-control side effects and 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.


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* StockMysteries: The Philadelphia Experiment

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* StockMysteries: StockUnsolvedMysteries: The Philadelphia Experiment

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* TeleFrag: The fate of several soldiers aboard the ship when it accidentally time-travels.


* HumanArchitectureHorror: *Still-living sailors fuses with the deckplates,* anyone?!

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* HumanArchitectureHorror: *Still-living ''Still-living sailors fuses with the deckplates,* deckplates,'' anyone?!

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*HumanArchitectureHorror: *Still-living sailors fuses with the deckplates,* anyone?!


The movie is InspiredBy, and takes its name from, a ConspiracyTheory which itself revolves around [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_Experiment a supposed invisibility experiment conducted during WWII]], which is said to have resulted in the same side effects as depicted in the movie. The story's most probable origin lies in WWII experiments with whole-ship degaussing as 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.

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The movie is InspiredBy, and takes its name from, a ConspiracyTheory UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheory which itself revolves around [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_Experiment a supposed invisibility experiment conducted during WWII]], which is said to have resulted in the same side effects as depicted in the movie. The story's most probable origin lies in WWII experiments with whole-ship degaussing as 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.


* 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.]]


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.


* 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.


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''.


* 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.


* 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.

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