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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David Twohy

Writer:

David Twohy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Sheen ... Zane Zaminsky
Lindsay Crouse ... Ilana Green
Richard Schiff ... Calvin
Shane Shane ... JPL Guard #1
Ron Silver ... Phil Gordian / Mexican Guard
Teri Polo ... Char
Phyllis Applegate ... Mrs. Roosevelt
Alan Coates Alan Coates ... Terraformer
Leon Rippy ... DOD #1
Buddy Joe Hooker ... DOD #2
Javier Morga ... Co-worker
Tony T. Johnson Tony T. Johnson ... Kiki
Catalina Botello ... N.C.A.R. Woman
Georg Lillitsch Georg Lillitsch ... Computer Tech
David Villalpando ... Cabbie
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Storyline

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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sci-fi violence and terror, and for brief language | See all certifications »

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This movie and Independence Day (1996) both deal with hostile aliens from another world, and both came out in theaters in 1996. Twenty years later, Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) and Arrival (2016) were released, although the latter has no connection with The Arrival (1996) beyond a similar title and dealings with extraterrestrials. See more »

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Zane's satellite service truck does not have a California license plate. See more »

Quotes

Phil Gordian: If you can't tend to your own planet, you don't deserve to live here.
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Connections

Followed by The Arrival (1997) See more »

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Written by Barbara L. Jordan, Eddie Ruperto, and Christopher Rhyne
Performed by Eddie Ruperto
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28 June 1999 | by Red"V"See all my reviews

This is a cool film. Very solid story, good performances, catchy SFX. Better than most sci-fi out there.


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Official Sites:

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USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

31 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Making of the Arrival See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,806,763, 2 June 1996

Gross USA:

$14,063,331

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,063,331
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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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