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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Zane Zaminsky
... Ilana Green
... Calvin
Shane ... JPL Guard #1
... Phil Gordian / Mexican Guard
... Char
... Mrs. Roosevelt
Alan Coates ... Terraformer
... DOD #1
Buddy Joe Hooker ... DOD #2
... Co-worker
Tony T. Johnson ... Kiki
Catalina Botello ... N.C.A.R. Woman
Georg Lillitsch ... Computer Tech
... 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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The greatest danger facing our world has been the planet's best kept secret...until now. See more »

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Sci-Fi | Thriller

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

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31 May 1996 (USA)  »

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Shockwave  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$184,261, 26 July 1996

Gross USA:

$14,048,372, 18 August 1996
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At 10 minutes and 39 seconds into the movie, a copy of Carl Sagan's book "Cosmos" can be seen next to the radio in Zane's bedroom. See more »

Goofs

Ilana tells Zane that the flower field she examined at the beginning of the film is 90 miles from the North Pole. Even if the ice pack melted, there would be no soil for plants to grow in, as the nearest land is more than 400 miles away. See more »

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Zane Ziminski: What is this, Tales from the Darkside?
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References Metropolis (1927) See more »

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Snatch It Back and Hold It
Written by Junior Wells
Performed by Junior Wells
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Well Done Sci-Fi.
5 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

Charlie Sheen plays Zane, a radio astronomer who accidentally discovers an alien signal from space, that also has origins on Earth. When he tries to tell his boss(Ron Silver, very good) he downplays and denies the importance of the find. Zane then finds out he has been fired, and the tape he gave to his boss disappears, so now very suspicious, he undertakes his own investigation, which leads him to an alarming truth about aliens who are indeed very much among us...

Well written and directed by David Twohy, this science fiction film is a pleasant surprise, and Charlie Sheen is appealing and believable as the man determined to find the truth, and warn the world; sounds like a certain FBI agent from "The X-Files"...


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