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Contact (1997)

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Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Young Ellie
... Ted Arroway
... Eleanor Arroway
... Fisher
... Kent
Sami Chester ... Vernon (as SaMi Chester)
Timothy McNeil ... Davio
Laura Elena Surillo ... Cantina Woman
... Palmer Joss
... David Drumlin
... Minister
... Willie (as Maximilian Martini)
... Larry King
Thomas Garner ... Ian Broderick
Conroy Chino ... KOB-TV Reporter
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Storyline

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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Get ready for human's biggest discovery ever! 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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Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$90,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,584,908, 13 July 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$100,920,329

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$171,120,329
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Ralph Fiennes was considered for the part of Palmer Joss. See more »

Goofs

When Hadden is contacted onboard MIR, he states that the "low oxygen, zero gravity is the only thing keeping his cancer from eating him alive..." yet he is wearing a nasal cannula which has only one purpose, to give additional oxygen to the patient which would negate the "low oxygen" claim. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Young Ellie: CQ, this is W9GFO. CQ, this is W9GFO here. Come back?
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"For Carl" See more »

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Referenced in Family Guy: The Former Life of Brian (2008) See more »

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Volare
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From the song "Nel blu, dipinto di blu"
Music by Domenico Modugno
Lyrics by Franco Migliacci
English lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Performed by Domenico Modugno
Played briefly during the opening sequence
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No film has moved me more than this one, ever
5 November 2004 | by 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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