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Contact (1997)

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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Ian Broderick
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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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If it's just us, it seems like an awful waste of space. 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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11 July 1997 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,584,908 (USA) (11 July 1997)

Gross:

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

At the beginning of the movie, various TV and radio transmissions can be heard coming from Earth into outer space. As the camera moves away from Earth, these transmissions become older (i.e. the first transmissions made would be further out into space). Among the transmissions heard are:

-'Angry Days' - Lagwagon (1992)

-Third Eye Blind - Semi-Charmed Life (1997)

-Spice Girls - Wannabe (1997)

-Crash Test Dummies - God Shuffled His Feet (1993)

-Mr. Mister - Broken Wings (1985)

-Theme from Dallas (1978)

-Lipps Inc. - Funkytown (1979)

-A Taste of Honey - Boogie Oogie Oogie (1978)

-The Tramps - Disco Inferno (1976)

-Neil Armstrong's iconic "One small step for a man" (1969)

-Robert Kennedy shot in hotel (1968)

-Martin Luther King's speech "I have a dream" (1963)

-President Kennedy shot in Dallas (1963)

-Theme from The Twilight Zone (1959)

-Domenico Modugno - Volare (1958)

-Theme from The Lone Ranger (1949)

-President Roosevelt's speech "A date which will live in infamy" (1941)

-Hitler's speech in the Berlin Olympic Games' opening (1936, almost unrecognizable) See more »

Goofs

In a flashback to the early- to mid-'70s, we see a toy horse on young Ellie's nightstand. The horse is made by Breyer Animal Creations in the mid to late 1980s. See more »

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[first lines]
Young Ellie: CQ, this is W9GFO. CQ, this is W9GFO here. Come back?
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"For Carl" See more »

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References Back to the Future (1985) See more »

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Arranged by Jim Norman (as Jim Ed Norman), Kim Forester Keefe, June Forester, Kathy Forester Adkins, and Christy Forester Smith
Performed by The Forester Sisters
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Films are rarely as good as the book…but there are exceptions to the rule…
22 October 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This remains true for this very good adaptation of the classic book by Carl Sagan. Sagans' idea was to make science and the elite commandeering of information available to the majority, he wrote his books for a wide audience and I think the film shows this as was intended by its author.

The Film is roughly about Dr Arroway, Ellie, and how she handles being alone in a world without family or close friends. It is metaphorically able to make us all think about how isolated we as a race, and as people can feel.

Ellie, a brilliant young scientist working on the mistrusted SETI program discovers a message sent to earth from distant star system Vega. On its discovery Ellie must battle with the Military, Pentagon, and Male Dominated scientific world to keep her cards on the table and her discovery that of her team. Ellie is constantly kept in the game by he benefactor, a rich technological industrialist mogul who has a vested interest in her participation of the programme to reach this alien culture.

I don't wish to go on any further and spoil this movie as I rate it as a fantastic exploration of Science Vs Religion and the entire subsequent human spectrum in between. As a film there were several alterations from the book that I felt could have been included, for example not just one traveler but a range of them, philosophers, theologists, scientists, poets and Dr Arroway.

I have watched this film a number of times and still find it a joy to watch the fifth, eighth and tenth time. Jody foster playing a not so dissimilar to her role in Silence of the lambs (attractive, clever, young, successful woman battling in a male world) is exceptional and delivers feeling and intellect alongside an impressive script.

I would give this film an 8.5 and recommend it to anybody, but if you are a sci-fi fan and haven't seen this film then you're in for a treat.


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