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The Arrival (1996)

PG-13 | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 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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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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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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For centuries we've been watching the skies, when we should have been watching our backs. 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)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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 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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Cabbie: [looking towards old, scruffy building] Posada San Marsol. One of our much very best hotels!
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Referenced in Half-Life (1998) See more »

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Ramblin' On My Mind
Performed by Robert Lockwood Jr. (as Robert Jr. Lockwood)
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I came - I saw - I left happy
7 November 2001 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

I was a little bit late getting to the theater to see The Arrival. The movie was slated to start ten minutes past the hour and I didn't arrive there until five after. Then I had to go through the concession stand crowd. When I finally reached the theater -- the large screen was engrossed by a huge satellite disk and there was some guy talking. "Damn," I thought. "I just missed the start of the movie." It wasn't three seconds after that realization that I had another one. "This isn't the movie. It's a commercial." A commercial which it turned out for one of the large multi-billion dollar phone companies. Talk about false scares.

Some people have called 'The Arrival' a thinking man's science fiction movie. While the jury is still out on that, I will say it's not stupid either. It is however one more of those 'one man saves the world' flicks. Which are never terribly realistic, but on their own terms, entertain. Charlie Sheen plays Zane Zaminski. A smart, but soon-to-be paranoid astrophysicist who has the slithery Godian (Ron Silver) for a boss. One day watching the satellites some anomaly passes his screen. Suddenly the search is on. What was it? WHO was it? Not letting the subject go gets him fired from his job and deeper and deeper he journeys into the paranoia.

The Arrival is one part use your mind, two parts conspiracy theory. As Zane takes it upon himself to get to the bottom of things and find out who's involved and to what lengths they'll go to suppress everything. Soon we start to see elements straight out of the X Files. Aliens... conspiracy... colonization. The story has it's own set of implausibilities, but things move at such a pace that there isn't much time to question them. Zane knows something is going on and the deeper he digs the more we find out. It's all about the ride. Could one man really stop such things from happening? Probably not, but that doesn't stop 'The Arrival' from being a fun time.


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