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The Arrival (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi  |  31 May 1996 (USA)
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Zane, an astronomer, discovers intelligent alien life. But the aliens are keeping a deadly secret, and will do anything to stop Zane from learning it.

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JPL Guard #1
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Phil Gordian / Mexican Guard
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Phyllis Applegate ...
Mrs. Roosevelt
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Terraformer
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DOD #1
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Kiki
Catalina Botello ...
N.C.A.R. Woman
Georg Lillitsch ...
Computer Tech
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Cabbie
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Storyline

Zane (Charlie Sheen), a young, mild-mannered astronomer discovers an extraterrestrial radio signal. After being fired from his organization for reporting this to his superior, he takes a chance on discovering the truth: that his workplace is not quite what it seems to be and a sinister conspiracy is at work. The aliens are keeping a deadly secret, and will stop at nothing to prevent Zane from learning it. Written by vishakbt1

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The greatest danger facing our world has been the planet's best kept secret...until now. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some sci-fi violence and terror, and for brief language | See all certifications »

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31 May 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$184,261 (USA) (26 July 1996)

Gross:

JPY 20,609,500 (Japan) (15 November 1996)
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When Zane and Ilana are talking about the climate changes in San Marsol Zane has a flashback of the presentation that he had crashed earlier at JBL, however he should not have heard the part about the melting polar ice because he was already removed from the room by two security guards. See more »

Quotes

Char: Why'd they leave?
Zane Zaminski: They didn't leave.
Char: How do you know?
Zane Zaminski: Because we aren't dead yet.
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References The Chase (1994) See more »

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Dos Arbolitos
Performed by Mariachi Sol
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Humor Made This Sci-Fi Work
3 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This aliens vs. earth film succeeded because it added humor to the suspense story and Charlie Sheen did a great job adding to that with an expression-filled face that made he and this film fun to watch.

Story-wise, most of it made no sense as Sheen got out of one impossible scrap after another but good sci-fi special effects and suspense helped make the story interesting and fast-moving. You get caught up in the story and don't care if their are plenty of holes in it. It's also pretty tame, language-wise. Lindsay Crouse provides the female interest and Ron Silver the villain, a familiar role for him.

The film was popular enough to make a sequel, but that horrible. Don't waste your time on that one.


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