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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.

Director:

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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Taglines:

For centuries we've been watching the skies, when we should have been watching our backs. See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie and Independence Day about aliens from other world, both come out in theaters in 1996. Twenty years later, Independence Day: resurgence and "Arrival" were released. See more »

Goofs

When Sheen is in the elevator with an alien and says, "Would you like to see the ruins my friend?" his lips don't match the words. See more »

Quotes

Ilana Green: You know, I must say, Zane, I really enjoyed our talk tonight. It's uncommon for me to find someone who can actually grasp the things that I'm passionate about.
Zane Ziminski: Yeah, I hear ya.
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References A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) See more »

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Moy Pronto Te Hiras
Written by Barbara L. Jordan, Pete Peterkin, and Christopher Rhyne
Performed by Pete Peterkin
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smart, well-made sci-fi
7 March 2002 | by Special-K88See all my reviews

Intriguing sci-fi thriller stars Sheen as a brilliant but paranoid astronomer whose obsession with his quest to discover intelligent life puts him at odds with his neglected girlfriend. He discovers a strange signal from outer space, but is fired when he tries to make it public. Deciding to take matters into his own hands, he stumbles upon the existence of aliens that have already invaded the Earth and are using a sophisticated technological scheme to try and take it over. Brainy thriller abandons guns, explosions, and car chases in favor of actual science and clever plotting. Starts off slow, but only gets more and more interesting as it goes along, with an effectively edgy performance from Sheen that's right on target. ***


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