"Joe Smith, American" lives in a Los Angeles suburb and works at an aircraft plant. One night Joe hears a voice cut in on a radio program: "This is God. I'll be with you for the next few days." It turns out, everyone in the world listening to any radio heard the same thing. More messages come; some people react positively, others negatively. Written by
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The voice of God is never actually heard in the movie. The screenplay is written in such a way that the consequences of each of God's broadcasts are seen, but the broadcasts themselves are omitted. See more »
Joe Smith, American:
You remember what the voice said last night? That we should all do our homework for tomorrow? Well, let's take a look at the things that God told us to look at. Let's just see how great his miracles really are. There's the moon. The stars. It's the air we breathe. The earth we walk on. It's the trees. It's the hills. And it's things like loving each other. The way I love you and the way Mom loves us. It's all those wonderful things, Johnny. The way I love you and you love me, we got nothing to ...
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Comparisons: Next Voice You Hear, Day the Earth Stood Still, Red Planet Mars, Contact
Four speculative films:
The Next Voice You Hear (1950) The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) Red Planet Mars (1952) Contact (1997)
On three levels, these four films have aspects in common that make them an interesting film study. 1) Contact with a presence from beyond Earth, either from Heaven or somewhere in outer space. 2) Alien or God presents humans with message that cannot be ignored and which throws Earthlings into a certain level of turmoil about the implications of the message for humanity 3) The contact has religious implications, either overt in The Next Voice You Hear, Red Planet Mars and Contact, or to a lesser degree in The Day the Earth Stood Still
I doubt that Carl Sagan would be pleased to see his humanistic book-turned-film Contact placed in this grouping, but I have enjoyed all four of these films and feel that they make for interesting comparisons.
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