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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 ...
JPL Guard #1
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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
Georg Lillitsch ...
Computer Tech
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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 USA:

$184,261, 26 July 1996

Gross USA:

$14,048,372, 18 August 1996
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In 1996 this movie and Independence Day about aliens from other world had come out in theaters in the same year. 20 years later in 2016 Independence Day: resurgence would come out in theater as well as another alien visitation movie coincidentally called "Arrival" 2016. See more »

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During the final scenes at the remote radio telescope site, vehicles - including two white vans - are shown flying down a dusty road with dust billowing up behind and around them. Thereafter, though, the vans sometimes have dust on them and sometimes don't. The third vehicle, a sedan, appears to not have any dust on it whatsoever. See more »

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Cabbie: [looking towards old, scruffy building] Posada San Marsol. One of our much very best hotels!
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References Terminator 2 (1991) See more »

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Dos Arbolitos
Arranged by Robert W. Schachner
Performed by Mariachi Sol
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smart, well-made sci-fi
7 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Intriguing sci-fi thriller stars Sheen as a brilliant but paranoid astronomer whose obsession with his quest to discover intelligent life puts him at odds with his neglected girlfriend. He discovers a strange signal from outer space, but is fired when he tries to make it public. Deciding to take matters into his own hands, he stumbles upon the existence of aliens that have already invaded the Earth and are using a sophisticated technological scheme to try and take it over. Brainy thriller abandons guns, explosions, and car chases in favor of actual science and clever plotting. Starts off slow, but only gets more and more interesting as it goes along, with an effectively edgy performance from Sheen that's right on target. ***


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