Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell
Roland Emmerich (Director), Dean Devlin (Screenplay), Roland Emmerich (Screenplay)
Released: Jul. 2nd, 1996
Runtime: 2 hours, 25 minutes
On July 2, a giant alien mothership enters orbit around Earth and deploys several dozen saucer-shaped "destroyer" spacecraft that quickly lay waste to major cities around the planet. On July 3, the United States conducts a coordinated counterattack that fails. On July 4 the a plan is devised to gain access to the interior of the alien mothership in space in order to plant a nuclear missile.
Oh, and of course the aliens are defeated on America's Independence Day. Bet you didn't see that coming. I'm not sure why this film is often considered a classic; there's nothing particularly original about it.
Emmerich basically made his name with ID4 and he really deserves the credit.
The plot is simple, the dialogue is even more simple and the writing is even more simplistic but, the way the....
I've seen most of it scattered over various viewings on TV or catching little bits of it at other places, but as a whole, I liked it better then the bits I'd tried to piece together.
The story is pretty entertaining.