Top 15 Independence Day Movie Details

While searching the internet for Independence Day movie facts, I found some interesting little known details. Obscure enough that most people could miss it, I want to make you a favor by creating ordered lists with the most intriguing hidden details.

Most of them are not blatantly obvious to be observed at first sight, so take your time and read carefully. We have extensive definitions that accurately explain any behind the scene meaning or famous dialogues.

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.

Trivia

I have collected all the famous movie trivia questions with answers from Reddit and other sources. They can be very useful in quizzes or games, or simply to learn more information. Most of the fun Independence Day details are suitable for kids.

  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

Easter Eggs

Finding Easter Eggs in movies is one of my favorite hobbies. Hidden objects, characters, 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.

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.

I am pretty sure that you've watched Independence Day, maybe in a theater near you or on the small screen, but probably not many of the small details have taken your attention. Most of the previous facts are hidden for some reason, but still, there is plenty of randomly forgetten stuff that makes the movie unique and interesting. The more you know, the more fascinated you'll be about Independence Day and will watch it online, download or stream it again and again.

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