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The Arrival (1996)

PG-13 | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 31 May 1996 (USA)
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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Shane ...
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Mrs. Roosevelt
Alan Coates ...
Terraformer
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DOD #1
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Catalina Botello ...
N.C.A.R. Woman
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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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For centuries we've been watching the skies, when we should have been watching our backs. See more »

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

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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)  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$184,261, 26 July 1996

Gross USA:

$14,048,372, 18 August 1996
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At 10 minutes and 39 seconds into the movie, a copy of Carl Sagan's book "Cosmos" can be seen next to the radio in Zane's bedroom. See more »

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(at around 14 mins) In the lecture about terraforming Mars, the lecturer talks about "raising the temperature ten fold". No scientist would say this: it's virtually meaningless as it depends on the temperature scale used. See more »

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Zane Ziminski: I come to you with what may be the preeminent discovery of the 20th century, the possibility of extra-solar life, and I get shit-canned for it?
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Referenced in Half-Life (1998) See more »

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Written by Barbara L. Jordan, Eddie Ruperto, and Christopher Rhyne
Performed by Eddie Ruperto
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Entertaining but with plenty of flaws .......
1 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

At least "The Arrival" doesn't fall into the car chases and gratuitous explosions category of sci-fi. It has some semblance of scientific reason, and some pretty original ideas. The vortex balls were an intriguing touch, and the gigantic satellite dish scenes quite effective. It is necessary to suspend disbelief on several occasions, but overall the film succeeds as entertainment. Having the kid along seemed like kind of a stretch as well. If you can look past the faults in logic, "The Arrival" is totally acceptable. If you are going to tear it apart for every little thing, then I suggest you look elsewhere. - MERK


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