Independence Day

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Independence Day is a 1996 film about a worldwide alien attack and the subsequent rallying of humankind to fight back on July 4th.

Directed by Roland Emmerich. Written by Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin.
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Captain Steven Hiller

  • Look, I really don't think they flew ninety billion light-years to come down here and start a fight, and get all rowdy.
  • No, sir, I'm just a little anxious to get up there and whup E.T.'s ass, that's all.
  • Knights we are ready free. Knight one FOX 3!
  • Oh, no. You did NOT shoot that green shit at me!
  • That's right! That's right! [He is pulled back by his tangle parachute] Get off me! Get off me! [Frees himself] That's what you get! Look at you! Ship all banged up! Who's the man? Huh? Who's the man?! Wait until I get another plane! I'm lining all your friends up right beside you!
  • [punches the alien as it emerges semi-consciously from its spaceship] Welcome to Earth!
  • Now that's what I call a close encounter.
  • Y'know, this was supposed to be my weekend off. But noooo. You got me out here, draggin' your heavy ass, through the burnin' desert, with your dreadlocks (tentacles) sticking out the back of my parachute. You gotta come down here with an attitude, actin' all big and bad…and WHAT THE HELL IS THAT SMELL?! [screams and kicks the alien] I could've been at a BARBECUE! But I ain't mad.
  • [Remembers at the last moment to grab two cigars] Almost put a hex on the whole damn thing.
  • I have GOT to get me one of these!
  • That's right say hello to the earthling!
  • [Just before launching a nuke at the alien] Peace!
  • We’re not hit! We’re not hit! Stop side-seat driving!
  • Elvis has left the building!
  • [To Dylan, looking at the exploding alien ship] Didn't I promise you fireworks?

David Levinson

  • [Repeated line] Checkmate...
  • They're using our own satellites against us. And the clock is ticking.
  • Time's up.
  • We gotta burn the rain forest, dump toxic waste, pollute the air, and rip up the OZONE! 'Cause maybe if we screw up this planet enough, they won't want it anymore!
  • I gave it a cold… I gave it a virus. A computer virus.
  • [Holds up a soda can] Hey, you know how I'm, like. always trying to save the planet? [Tosses the can in the recycle bin and looks at the spaceship] Here's my chance.
  • This thing comes fully loaded. AM/FM radio, reclining bucket seats, and... power windows.
  • Must go faster. Must go faster. Must go faster! Go, go, go, go, go, go, go, go! [Note: Jeff Goldblum also said this line in Jurassic Park.]
  • [Imitating Elvis] Oh, thank you very much. [normally; to Steve] Oh, I love you, man!

Julius Levinson

  • So why are you waiting? Hmm? My Social Security will expire, you'll still be sitting there.
  • It's the White House, for crying out loud. You can't just drive up and ring the bell.
  • So tell me something: you're so smart, how come you spent 8 years at M.I.T. to become a cable repairman?
  • Everyone in the world is trying to get out of Washington, and we're the only schmucks trying to get in.
  • If I knew I was gonna meet the president I would've worn a tie. I mean, look at me, I look like a schliemiel.
  • You punched the president? Mein Gott!
  • It's Air Force One, for crying out loud, and still he gets sick! Look at me, like a rock. Could be bad weather could be good weather, doesn't matter. We could go up, we could go down, we could go back, we could go forward, we could go side to side. [David runs away, about to throw up] What-what did I say?
  • 'All you need is love.' John Lennon, smart man, shot in the back - very sad.
  • [Just before David takes off in the spaceship] Here, take these. [He hands him some airsick bags stolen from Air Force One] Just in case.


President Thomas Whitmore

  • Isn't it amazing how quickly everyone can turn against you.
  • That's the advantage of being a fighter pilot. In the Gulf War, we knew what we had to do. It's just… not simple anymore. A lot of people died today. [Sigh] How many didn't have to?
  • I saw... his thoughts. I saw what they're planning to do. They're like locusts, they're moving from planet to planet, their whole civilization. After they've consumed every natural resource, they move on. And we're next. [Major Mitchell shoot the alien in the head] Nuke 'em. Let's nuke the bastards.
  • May our children forgive us.
  • Exciting?? Thousands of people are dying out there. I don't think exciting is the word I choose to describe it.
  • Call the other planes back.
  • Good morning. [Turns on mic] Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world, and you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. Mankind. That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom… Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution… but from annihilation. We're fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice: We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!
  • I'm a combat pilot, Will. I belong in the air.
  • Hold on Command! I want another shot at it! Eagle 1 FOX 3!
  • Eagle 1 FOX 2! That is a negative IMPACT that is an NI a negative impact. Im out of missiles. Eagle 2! Oh JESUS!
  • WE ARE NOT DONE YET! DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY MISSILES LEFT?!!! PILOT YOU ARMED?!!
  • Okay, boys, let's give Mr. Casse some cover. Gentlemen! Let's plow the road!
  • He DID IT! THE SON OF A BITCH DID IT!
  • Now we know how to take them out General! Spread the word!

General Grey

  • Mr President we got an AWAC off the coast eta to target 4 minutes.
  • Mr President your primary target has shifted course and I think our Secrets out! they are heading straight for us!
  • Your out of time! You got to disable it now!
  • Your out of time! GET YOUR ASS OUT OF THERE! Get as far away as you can.
  • Get on the wire and inform the squadron around the world. Tell them how to bring those sons of bitches down!

Connie

David! HOW DID YOU GET THIS NUMBER?!

DAVID! DAVID DAVID! DAVID TELL HIM!

He still gets airsick?

What happens if that thing gets here before the virus was planted?

Great. What about the people outside?

Russell Casse

  • We've got to stop them! I was kidnapped by space aliens 10 years ago! They did all kinds of experiments on me! They've been studying us for years, finding out our weaknesses! We've gotta stop 'em! They're gonna kill us all!
  • YOU READ MY MIND! We gotta get as far away from these things we can!
  • Well, I'm uh, Russell Casse, sir. And after Nam, I got into crop dusting, and I have been doin' it ever since. On a, uh, personal note sir, I'd just like to add that, uh, ever since I was kidnapped by aliens 10 years ago, I've been dyin' for some payback. Just want you know that, uh, I won't let ya down.
  • [Accidentally almost launches a missile while his fighter is still grounded] Oh, crap! Oh, what'd I hit? I picked a hell of a day to quit drinkin'.
  • All right, Mr. President, here we go! All right, baby! I've gotcha! Payback's a bitch, ain't it?!
  • Sorry I'm late, Mr. President! Kinda got hung up back there!
  • Armed and ready, sir! I'm packin'!
  • Whoo-hoo! Look out! Comin' through! I've got tone. Eagle 20! Fox 2! [fails to fire] Eagle 20! Fox 2! It's jammed! It won't fire!
  • Do me a favor. Tell my children... I love them very much. [Then after taking his mask off] All right, you alien assholes! In the words of My Generation: UP YOURS!!
  • Hello, boys! I'M BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!!

Others

  • SETI Chief: [Picks up ringing phone in the middle of the night] If this isn't an insanely beautiful woman, I'm hanging up.
  • SETI Technician: It's the real thing! A radio signal from another world!
  • Connie Spano: Our official position is: We have no official position.
  • Mike Dodge: [To reporter, about Russell] When they took him up in the spaceship, the aliens abused him...sexually.
  • Phillip: [To Alicia Casse] This could be our last night on earth. You don't want to die a virgin, do you?
  • Anchorman: Once again, the L.A.P.D. is asking Los Angelenos not to fire their guns at the visitor spacecraft. You may inadvertently trigger an interstellar war.
  • Elvis Enthusiast: Oh, I hope they bring back Elvis!
  • John McLaughlin: The visitors have arrived, but the president remains at the White House. Question: Are Mr. Whitmore's actions A, ultra-brave or B, fool-hardy?
  • Marty Gilbert: [As the shock wave from the alien weapon approaches] Oh, crap.
  • Cpt. Jimmy Wilder: Let's kick the tires and light the fires, big daddy!
  • Cpt. Jimmy Wilder: He's on me like white on rice, big daddy!
  • Albert Nimzicki: Two words, Mr. President: "Plausible deniability".
  • Dr. Okun: Mr. President! Wow! This is…what a pleasure. As you can imagine, they…they don't let us out much.
  • Dr. Okun: [Before showing the aliens to the President Whitmore] This is the vault. Or as some of us have come to call it: The Freak Show.
  • Captured Alien: [Speaking through Dr. Okun] Release...me. Release me. Now. Now!
  • Albert Nimzicki: [Jumps up after a nuclear missile hits a city-destroyer] Oh, yeah! It's a hit!
  • Major Mitchell: You'll have to forgive the expression, but you're about to get a crash course in modern avionics.
  • Connie Spano: Now he gets ambitious.


Dialogue

President Whitmore: I have a confession to make. I'm sleeping next to a beautiful young brunette.
Marilyn Whitmore: You didn't let her stay up all night watching TV, did you?
President Whitmore: Of course not.
[…]
Patricia Whitmore: Daddy let me watch Letterman.
President Whitmore: Traitor.

[Julius drinks from a styrofoam cup]
David Levinson: Hey, you have any idea how long it takes for those cups to decompose?
Julius Levinson: If you don't move [your chess piece] soon, I'm gonna start to decompose.

[The alien ship passes overhead, shaking them awake]
Captain Steven Hiller: Is it a earthquake?
Jasmine Dubrow: Not even a four pointer. Go back to sleep.

Connie Spano: Now what do we do?
President Thomas Whitmore: Address the nation. There's gonna be a lot of frightened people out there.
Connie Spano: Yeah? I'm one of 'em.

Marty Gilbert: A countdown…wait, a countdown to what, David?
David Levinson: Uh, it's like in chess: First, you strategically position your pieces and when the timing is right you… strike. See? They're positioning themselves all over the world using this signal to synchronize their efforts. In approximately six hours the signal's gonna disappear and the countdown's gonna be over.
Marty Gilbert: And then what?
David Levinson: Checkmate.
Marty Gilbert: [Gasp] Oh, my God. Oh my God! I gotta call my brother, I'd better call my housekeeper, I gotta call my lawyer. Nah, forget my lawyer.

Capt. Jimmy Wilder: You scared, man?
Captain Steven Hiller: No. You?
Capt. Jimmy Wilder: Nope. (pauses) Hold me.
Captain Steven Hiller: Hey, pay attention.
Lt. Colonel Watson: Something you wanna add to this briefing, Captain Hiller?
Captain Steven Hiller: No, sir. I'm just a little anxious to get up there and whup E.T.'s ass, that's all.
(everyone else laughs)
Lt. Colonel Watson: And you'll get your chance. You'll all get your chance. Good hunting. Dismissed!
Capt. Jimmy Wilder: Let's kick the tires and light the fires, big daddy!

Jasmine Dubrow: There you go, there you go, thinking you're all that. But you are not as charming as you think you are, sir.
Captain Steven Hiller: Yes, I am.

Julius Levinson: David, see if they got those pens that they give away.
David Levinson: Dad, what?

Captain Jimmy Wilder: Or, as the good Reverend would say, [Impersonating Rev. Jesse Jackson] Why we're on this particular mission, we'll never know. But I do know, here today, that the Black Knights will emerge victorious once again.
Unknown Pilot: Amen, man.
Captain Steven Hiller: Amen, Reverend.

Captain Jimmy Wilder: Check me out, Stevie. I'm gonna try something.
Captain Steven Hiller: Don't do nothin' stupid over there.
Captain Jimmy Wilder: You know me.
Captain Steven Hiller: That's what I'm talkin' about.

[David, Connie, Grey, and Nimzicki are all taking at once, after David objects to them using nuclear weapons]
Albert Nimzicki: Shut up! Captain, get him out of here!
Julius Levinson: Hey, don't tell him to shut up! You'd all be dead now if it wasn't for my David! None of you did anything to prevent this!
General Grey: There was nothing we could do! We were totally unprepared for this.
Julius Levinson: Oh don't give me "unprepared"! It was, what? In the nineteen- what, fifties. Whatever You had that spaceship.
David Levinson: Dad.
Julius Levinson: Yeah, that thing you found in New Mexico. Where was that?
David Levinson: Dad, not the spaceship.
Julius Levinson: Roswell. Roswell, New Mexico. No, you had the spaceship and you had the bodies. They were locked up in a, in a bunker. Where was that?
Connie Spano: Sir…I don't know.
Julius Levinson: David? Area 51, right? Area 51! You knew then! And you did nothing!
President Whitmore: Sir, regardless of what you may have read in the tabloids, there has never been any spacecraft recovered by our government. Take my word for it. There's no Area 51. There's no recovered spaceship.
Albert Nimzicki: Uh…excuse me, Mr. President. That's not entirely accurate.
David Levinson: What, which part?

President Whitmore: I don't understand, where does all this come from? How do you get funding for something like this?
Julius Levinson: You don't actually think they spend $20,000 on a hammer, $30,000 on a toilet seat, do you?

Captain Steven Hiller: Captain Steven Hiller, United States Marine Corps.
Area 51 Guard: I'm sorry, Captain. This is a restricted area. I can't let you pass without clearance.
Captain Steven Hiller: Okay. Come here. You wanna see my clearance? [Shows the officer the alien wrapped up in his parachute; the guard recoils in horror] Maybe I'll just leave this here with you.
Area 51 Guard: Let them pass! Let them pass!
Captain Steven Hiller: Get the hell out of the way!
Area 51 Guard: [To another guard] Did you see that?!

Marilyn Whitmore: He's your son?
Jasmine Dubrow: He's my angel.
Marilyn Whitmore: Was his father stationed here?
Jasmine Dubrow: Nah, he, uh, he wasn't his father. But I was kinda hopin' he wanted the job, though.

Marilyn Whitmore: I didn't know that you'd recognized me.
Jasmine Dubrow: Well, I didn't wanna say nothing. I voted for the other guy.

President:I know there is much to learn from each other if we can make a truce. We can find a way to Co-exist. can there be a peace between us?
Alien:Peace? NO PEACE!
President Whitmore: What is it you want us to do?
Captured Alien: Die…die…

General Grey: Is that glass bulletproof?
Major Mitchell: No, sir. [Shoots glass]

[After hearing about the plan to nuke the aliens, David is trying to get drunk]
David Levinson: Just my luck. No ice.
Connie Spano: I take it you've heard?
David Levinson: Hey, a toast. To the end of the world!

Connie Spano: Haven't you ever wanted to be part of something special?
David Levinson: I was part of something special.

Connie Spano: If it makes any difference, I never stopped loving you
David Levinson: But that wasn't enough, was it?

[Steve sees an unattended helicopter and gets in]
Burly Soldier: [Pointing his gun at him] What the hell are you doing? Get out of there!
Captain Steven Hiller: Look, I got something I gotta handle, I'm just borrowing it.
Burly Soldier: No you're not, Sir
Captain Steven Hiller: Do you really want to shoot me?
[Pause, then he lowers the gun]
Captain Steven Hiller: Just tell 'em I hit you
[Soldier gives him a look saying, 'who would believe that?']
Bomber PilotMr President this is RetailOp! Squadron is in the air and procceding to target.

Julius Levinson: What's the matter with you?
David Levinson: Genius.

David Levinson: You really think you can fly that thing?
Captain Steven Hiller: You really think you can do all that bullshit you just said?

Albert Nimzicki: I understand you are upset over the death of your wife, but that's no excuse for making another fatal mistake.
President Whitmore: No, the only mistake I ever made to appoint a sniveling little weasel like you as Secretary of Defense!
Albert Nimzicki: I don't think you understand-
President Whitmore: HOWEVER, that is one mistake, I am thankful to say, that I don't have to live with.
Albert Nimzicki: Mr. President-
President Whitmore: Mr. Nimzicki… you're fired.
[He and General Grey leave to work on their attack plan]
Albert Nimzicki: He can't do that.
Connie Spano: Well, he just, um, did.

Captain Steven Hiller: Oops.
David Levinson: Oops? What does that mean? W-what do you mean-
Captain Steven Hiller: Nah, I got this. I got this. Some jerk didn't put the… [He reverses the label on the controls]
David Levinson: I know what I mean when I say it. What do you mean saying "oops" there?
Captain Steven Hiller: What do you say we try that one again?
David Levinson: Yes, yes. Yes. Without the "oops". [points] There's the … thataway.

David Levinson: I was counting on this. They are bringing us in.
Captain Steven Hiller: When the hell was you gonna tell me?
David Levinson: Oops.
Captain Steven Hiller: We're going to work on our communication.

[The window on the spacecraft is opening, revealing Hiller and Levinson to the aliens]
Captain Steven Hiller: Hey, what the hell are you doing?
David Levinson: It's not me, they're overriding the system. Oh… shit! Um, hide.
[They duck behind their seats]

Albert Nimzicki: I'm not Jewish.
Julius Levinson: Nobody's perfect.

David Levinson: Hey, all right, look at us! Take a look at the Earthlings. Good-bye!
Captain Steven Hiller: Y'all take care, all right! 'Nothing but love for ya. Nothing by love for ya. [to David] You think they have any clue what's about to happen to 'em?
David Levinson: [With a cigar clamped between his teeth] Not a chance in hell. Goodnight!

Captain Steven Hiller: I ain't heard no fat lady!
David Levinson: Forget the fat lady! You're obsessed with fat lady! Drive us out of here!

David Levinson: They're chasing us!
Captain Steven Hiller: Oh, really, YOU THINK?

Patricia Whitmore: Happy Fourth of July, Daddy.
President Whitmore: Same to you, Munchkin.

Taglines

  • EARTH: Take A Good Look. It Could Be Your Last.
  • We've Always Believed We Weren't Alone. On July 4th, We'll Wish We Were.
  • The Question Of Whether Or Not We Are Alone In The Universe...Has Been Answered.
  • WARNING! Your Next Stop May Not Be There.
  • They Only Want One Thing...DESTRUCTION.
  • On July 2nd, They Arrive. On July 3rd, They Strike. On July 4th, We Fight Back.
  • Today, The Human Race Celebrates Their Independence Day.
  • Enjoy The Super Bowl, It May Be Your Last.

Cast

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