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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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Calvin
Shane ...
JPL Guard #1
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Phil Gordian / Mexican Guard
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Mrs. Roosevelt
Alan Coates ...
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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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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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:

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

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$14,048,372 (USA) (16 August 1996)
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Trivia

Richard Schiff, who plays Calvin in The Arrival, co-starred with Charlie Sheen's father, Martin Sheen, in The West Wing. Ron Silver and Teri Polo also had recurring roles in The West Wing. See more »

Goofs

While in the terraforming factory in Mexico, an alien is pushed from a height and screams - in a human voice - as he falls. At other times, however, when the aliens are in some form of distress, most notably as they are being frozen in the finale, their distress cries are in their alien language. See more »

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Zane Ziminski: What do I want to do? I want to blow a hole in your head and donate your organs to science, but I've got a few questions first.
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Connections

References Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) See more »

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Teque
Written by Barbara L. Jordan, Eddie Ruperto, and Christopher Rhyne
Performed by Eddie Ruperto
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Well Done Sci-Fi.
5 September 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Charlie Sheen plays Zane, a radio astronomer who accidentally discovers an alien signal from space, that also has origins on Earth. When he tries to tell his boss(Ron Silver, very good) he downplays and denies the importance of the find. Zane then finds out he has been fired, and the tape he gave to his boss disappears, so now very suspicious, he undertakes his own investigation, which leads him to an alarming truth about aliens who are indeed very much among us...

Well written and directed by David Twohy, this science fiction film is a pleasant surprise, and Charlie Sheen is appealing and believable as the man determined to find the truth, and warn the world; sounds like a certain FBI agent from "The X-Files"...


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