Behind the Scene: can you guess the movie from the image?

What to know about Independence Day

Bill Pullman in Independence Day

Bill Pullman in Independence Day (Image credit: 20th Century Fox)

This week's Behind the Screen image is (fittingly) of Bill Pullman as President Whitmore in Independence Day, where he addresses his ragtag group of pilots before they launch the climactic aerial assault against the alien invaders (a movie monologue that has become an all-timer for many).

In case you need a refresher on the 1996 blockbuster, Independence Day was directed by Roland Emmerich, who also co-wrote the script alongside Dean Devlin. The story follows an alien invasion and humanity's fight against them. In addition to Pullman the movie stars Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, Margaret Colin, Judd Hirsch, Robert Loggia and Randy Quaid.

Independence Day earned $817 million worldwide at the box office when it was released, has a "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes and took home the Oscar for Best Visual Effects in 1997.

If you want to watch Independence Day right now, the movie is available to stream on Hulu in the US and Disney Plus in the UK; it is also available via digital on-demand platforms in both countries.

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.