STARRING: Michael Pare, Nancy Allen, Eric Christmas, Bobby Di Cicco, Kenè Holliday

1984, 102 Minutes, Directed by: Stewart Raffill

Description: The Philadelphia Experiment takes as its jumping-off point an incident that is now paranormal legend, the U.S. Navy's supposed 1943 induction of an extremely powerful electromagnetic field around a destroyer in Philadelphia, causing its crew to become transparent, go insane, burst into flames, and so forth. The movie takes the tack that this was to render the ship invisible to radar, because of the war that was on. The test goes awry, however, and two of the crew leap forward in time to the filmmakers' present tense, 1984, where a similar experiment has caused a vortex that has trapped the 1943 ship and its crew along with a small Nevada town. The key to unbollixing this sad time-fracture lies in our heroes, the two time-traveling crew members, David Herdeg (Michael Paré) and Jim Parker (Bobby Di Cicco), whose electromagnetic instability keeps drawing them painfully back to the vortex to set things straight.

Average time travel adventure involving a man from the 1940s trapped in modern day America who wants to find a way back. Can't say I blame the poor guy . . .

Followed by a pointless sequel Philadelphia Experiment II in 1993.



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