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Contact (1997)

 -  Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi  -  11 July 1997 (USA)
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Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of intelligent aliens, who send plans for a mysterious machine.

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Astronomer Dr. Ellie Arroway has long been interested in contact to faraway lands, a love fostered in her childhood by her father, Ted Arroway, who passed away when she was nine years old leaving her then orphaned. Her current work in monitoring for extraterrestrial life is based on that love and is in part an homage to her father. Ever since funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) was pulled on her work, which is referred to some, including her NSF superior David Drumlin, as more science fiction than science, Ellie, with a few of her rogue scientist colleagues, have looked for funding from where ever they could get it to continue their work. When Ellie and her colleagues hear chatter originating from the vicinity of the star Vega, Ellie feels vindicated. But that vindication is short lived when others, including politicians, the military, religious leaders and other scientists such as Drumlin, try to take over her work. When the messages received from space are decoded, ... Written by Huggo

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Get ready to take a chance on something that just might end up being the most profoundly impactful moment for humanity, for the history... of history. See more »


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Rated PG for some intense action, mild language and a scene of sensuality | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$57,700,000 (Non-US) (31 October 1997)

Gross:

$100,853,835 (USA) (31 October 1997)
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Trivia

President Bill Clinton's appearance was taken from an actual press conference on the White House South Lawn in 1997 - if you look closely at his hair, it appears brighter than that of the other people in the shot. His remarks were regarding the real-life discovery of an arctic meteorite discovered to be from Mars. See more »

Goofs

When Ellie is leaving Aricebo Palmer Joss leaves her a note. When we first see the note it is pinned to a wall. When Ellie looks at in on the wall the 9 in the phone number has a straight tail. She takes it off the wall and puts it down beside the phone. At that point it's a different note. The signature is different and the 9 in the phone number has a short hook, like a lower case g. In the next scene, when Ellie is packed up and about to get in the jeep to leave, she goes back in to see if she missed anything. She sees the note by the phone. This time it's back to the original note. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Ellie: CQ, this is W9GFO. CQ, this is W9GFO here. Come back?
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Funkytown
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Written by Steven Greenberg
Performed by Lipps Inc.
Played briefly during the opening sequence
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Diamond in the Rough
26 June 2003 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

So many movies out there are pure drivel. They use sex, or shock, or sex to sell two hours of something that in no way contributes to our existence; be it inspiration, knowledge or spiritual awakening.

Contact is an exceptional example of a movie that DESERVES to exist. From the spectactular beginning shot that shows us just how small we are in a world that once thought the universe was made for, and around, mankind; to its realistic conclusion that any X-Phile would expect to happen: this movie appeals to our humanity, intelligence and sense of adventure.

One of the greatest realisations that the movie will guide you to is that what we search for in outer space is actually in our own backyards. We are cut off from each other and sci-fi tries to quell our loneliness with ideas that we'll meet E.T. and wont feel so lonely in our existence. But were AREN'T alone... we have each other.

I never get tired of watching this movie, though I wish they brought out a packed special edition DVD full of behind the scene effects and the like.


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