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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 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 »

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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shockwave See more »

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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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Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

(at around 34 mins) Lindsay Crouse is informed about increases of several greenhouse trace gases, but the presentation shown is adding percentages of different gases to make a total sum of the per cent increase. Though the calculation is mathematically correct, it makes no sense, since it mixes different gases. See more »

Quotes

Zane Ziminski: What do I want to do? I want to blow a hole in your head and donate your organs to science, but I've got a few questions first.
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Connections

References Tales from the Darkside (1983) See more »

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Ramblin' On My Mind
Performed by Robert Lockwood Jr. (as Robert Jr. Lockwood)
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Well Done Sci-Fi.
5 September 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee 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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