Top 15 Independence Day Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Independence Day facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Independence Day film message.

When Jeff Goldblum looks up his wife's address in 'Independence Day' (1996), it reads as "123 Heresheis Avenue."
When Jeff Goldblum looks up his wife's address in 'Independence Day' (1996), it reads as "123 Heresheis Avenue."
Will Smith buys his girlfriend (Vivica A. Fox) a dolphin engagement ring because "she has a thing for dolphins." Here in an earlier scene she is seen wearing dolphin earings.
Will Smith buys his girlfriend (Vivica A. Fox) a dolphin engagement ring because "she has a thing for dolphins." Here in an earlier scene she is seen wearing dolphin earings.

Independence Day Trivia

These trivia from Reddit and other sources can be used as questions with answers in quizzes or games.

  1. They filmed Will Smith dragging the alien across the salt flats of Utah. Will Smith improvised the "And what the hell is that smell?" Nobody warned him of the horrible smell that sometimes comes of the Great Salt Lake due to billions of dead brine shrimp each year.

  2. The explosion of the primary weapon of the alien destroyer during the climax of the film, is the same explosion from the Empire State building getting destroyed, except flipped upside down.

  3. - Featured the Powerbook 5300 as the "computer that saved the world". In reality, it was regarded as the worst laptop from Apple, having been recalled for batteries bursting into flames on the assembly line and in an Apple programmer's house

Independence Day Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - The satellite destroyed by the approaching alien ship has a Death Star replica on it, foreshadowing the upcoming planet-wide destruction.
    The satellite destroyed by the approaching alien ship has a Death Star replica on it, foreshadowing the upcoming planet-wide destruction.

Independence Day Hidden Details

Randy Quaid's character Russell says he was abducted by aliens and insinuates he was anally probed. When he destroys the alien ship he flies his plane into the ship's "behind"

During the battle after the virus upload, the war room thought all missiles had been fired because he accidentally armed it before take off. It's also the probable cause for the malfunction during the battle.

1 - At the beginning some one says that they hope the aliens bring back Elvis, at the end of the movie Will Smith says "Elvis has left the building"
At the beginning some one says that they hope the aliens bring back Elvis, at the end of the movie Will Smith says "Elvis has left the building"

Who is pulling the fire engine horn in Independence Day (1996)?!

A distinct cats meow is heard when the second missile that Will Smith launches hits the target.

1 - Will Smith told his friend Jimmy 'don't get premature on me' when he put his 'victory dance' cigar in his mouth before they'd won. Their squadron lt. colonel in home base did the same thing, and both he and Jimmy died in alien attacks.
Will Smith told his friend Jimmy 'don't get premature on me' when he put his 'victory dance' cigar in his mouth before they'd won. Their squadron lt. colonel in home base did the same thing, and both he and Jimmy died in alien attacks.

The countdown is just striking 9:11 as he opens his computer to check after boarding the helicopter.

1 - The English Teacher from Pretty In Pink is behind President Whitmore in Independence Day (1996)
The English Teacher from Pretty In Pink is behind President Whitmore in Independence Day (1996)
Independence Day poster
Independence Day poster

Independence Day Plot

The aliens are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy Earth. Fighting superior technology, mankind's best weapon is the will to survive.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Independence Day. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Director Roland Emmerich
Stars Will Smith, Bill Pullman, Jeff Goldblum, Mary McDonnell
IMDB score 7.0