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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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Phyllis Applegate ...
Mrs. Roosevelt
Alan Coates ...
Terraformer
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DOD #1
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DOD #2
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Co-worker
Tony T. Johnson ...
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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Shockwave  »

Box Office

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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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The length of the first signal is 42 seconds. The number 42 is, in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, "The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything", calculated by an enormous supercomputer over a period of 7.5 million years. See more »

Goofs

(at around 34 mins) Lindsay Crouse is informed about increases of several greenhouse trace gases, but the presentation shown is adding percentages of different gases to make a total sum of the per cent increase. Though the calculation is mathematically correct, it makes no sense, since it mixes different gases. See more »

Quotes

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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References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) 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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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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