Philadelphia Experiment II

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Philadelphia Experiment II
Promotional film poster
Directed by Stephen Cornwell
Produced by Mark Amin, Douglas Curtis, Paul Hellerman, Mark Levinson
Written by Kim Steven Ketelsen (story), Kevin Rock, Nick Paine
Starring Brad Johnson, Gerrit Graham, Marjean Holden
Music by Gerald Gouriet
Cinematography Ronn Schmidt
Edited by Nina Gilberti
Distributed by Trimark Pictures
Release dates
  • November 12, 1993 (1993-11-12)
Running time
97 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $5 million
Box office $2,970

Philadelphia Experiment II (also known as The Philadelphia Experiment II, The Philadelphia Experiment 2, or Philadelphia Experiment 2) is a 1993 science fiction film. It is the sequel to the 1984 film The Philadelphia Experiment, but has none of the same cast or crew and only two of the same characters. It stars Brad Johnson as David Herdeg (the hero from the first film) and Gerrit Graham as the villain who meets an untimely end.


It is nine years after the events of the first movie, and David Herdeg (the survivor of the Philadelphia Experiment) and Allison (the woman from 1984) have married and have a child. One day David awakes in agony, to a changed world in which Nazi Germany won World War II and the United States are about to mark 50 years as a Nazi conquest. America is under authoritarian rule, with its citizens surviving under an oppressive dictatorship.

In this alternative timeline, Germany won the war because it had a futuristic aircraft called the Phoenix, to deliver atomic bombs, destroying Washington, D.C., and other major targets on the east coast. The United States became demoralized and eventually surrendered to Nazi Germany. The Phoenix was destroyed in the explosion and Friedrich Mahler, the scientist who took credit for building it, was ridiculed since he was unable to reproduce "his" successful design.

The aircraft was actually a stealth F-117 Nighthawk—accidentally sent back in time in an experiment. Mahler's son, engineer William Mailer, was working on a teleportation system using technology similar to the Philadelphia Experiment. The concept was to "beam" a bomber into a high-risk area to surprise enemy air defenses, attack and escape before they could react.

The first test of the device was to transport an F-117 with a payload of nuclear weapons to Ramstein Air Base in Germany. While the aircraft was successfully teleported to Ramstein, it was also transferred through time, arriving in 1943 Nazi Germany (the US pilot's fate is unknown). Mahler finds it and tells the Nazis that it is his invention.

Because of Herdeg's unique blood, he is recruited by Mailer to travel through time successfully and prevent the alteration to the timeline. Herdeg is warped back to the night before the F-117 (now repainted in Luftwaffe colors) launches to attack Washington and successfully destroys the aircraft. Mahler is killed and his son, Mailer, is erased from the timeline. Since he was never born, the grandfather paradox erases the aircraft teleportation project from existence and restores the timeline to normal.


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At a crucial moment in 1943 Germany, Mailer has a conversation in German—without subtitles—with Mahler. Mailer tries to explain, in faltering German, that he is Mahler's son and that he needs to tell him what happened to the aircraft during the bombing run. Mahler responds in German that he has no son. Once Mahler is shot and killed, Mailer ceases to exist.

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