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Contact (1997)

Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending 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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From the Academy Award-winning director of "Forrest Gump" and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Contact" take you on a journey to the heart of the universe 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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Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,584,908 (USA) (13 July 1997)

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$100,920,329 (USA)
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On the original novel President of the United States was a woman called Helen Lasker. Linda Hunt was considered for this role, but not cast. See more »

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The radio and TV signals that are said to have reached the star Vega could not. By SETI's own calculations, these signals are imperceptible from noise within 2 light-years; Vega is 25.7 light-years away. 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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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Written by Georgia Dobbins, William Garrett, Freddie Gorman, Brian Holland and Robert Bateman
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No film has moved me more than this one, ever
5 November 2004 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

This, for me, is a masterpiece. I have enjoyed it more with each viewing.

Carl Sagan was a great man. He promoted science in the way it should be, portraying the profound mysteriousness of our universe with humility, and without dogma. In his book, the Demon-Haunted World, he quoted Einstein:

"All our science, measured against reality, is primitive and childlike -- and yet it is the most precious thing we have".

Contact conveys this simple message in a subtle yet immensely powerful way. The performances are some of the most compelling I have seen, particularly by Jodie Foster and David Morse.

Just magnificent.


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