An alien black box is found in the South Pole, where a government agency is conducting botanical experiments.

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Ron Krauss

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J.S. Cardone (story), Boaz Davidson (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Spader ... Julian Rome
Janine Eser ... Dr. Kate Brecher
John Lynch ... Dr. Michael Straub
Nikolai Binev Nikolai Binev ... Dr. Alexi Gierach
Leslie Stefanson ... Nyla Olson
Aimee Graham ... Shelly Klein
Stuart Charno ... Abell (as Stu Charno)
Carl Lewis ... Grisham
Svetla Vasileva Svetla Vasileva ... Dacia
Anthony Crivello ... Pilot
Kaloian Vodenicharov ... Co-Pilot (as Kaloyan Vodenicharov)
George Stanchev George Stanchev ... Airman
Rufus Dorsey ... Navigator
Roy Dotrice ... Dr. John Bachman
Woody Schultz ... Sam
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Storyline

In 1947, in New Mexico, a radio operator receives a signal following regular patterns. While investigating the occurrence, he vanishes. In the present day, the same signal is transmitted from a base in the Falkland Islands to United States of America and a satellite captures images of a unknown object in Antartic. The cryptologist Julien Rome (James Spader) is invited to investigate the mystery in the South Pole and he flies to a research base. While a team tries to open a weird shell probably from the outer space, Julien solves the message, which proves to be a distress signal ordering not to open the case. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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At the ends of the Earth, it's the end of the world... See more »


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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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The alien found inside the pod is the same one from the film 'Independence Day' (1996) See more »

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Julian asks "What are the odds?" and is given the reply "99.999 to the infinite", to which he says "But not 100". But 99.999... equals 100. Try it yourself: call this number X. Multiply X by ten: 10 X = 999.999... Subtract one X from that. This eliminates the sequence of 99.999... and leaves 9 X. Hence 9 X = 900, and therefore 1 X = 100. See more »

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References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

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Is it a signal of peace or actually a rescue beacon?
19 July 2003 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

This is an exceptional Sci-Fi Network Production. Decent F/X and a story line that is not too far fetched to enjoy. A team of government scientists conducting botanical experiments at the South Pole stumble upon what is believed to be an extraterrestrial black box. After further examination and disregard for a decoded warning an alien tries to communicate. A terrific finale out of the ordinary. James Spader leads an apt cast that features:Leslie Stefanson, Janine Eser, Roy Dotrice, John Lynch and Keir Dullea. A don't miss for Sci-Fi fans.


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Release Date:

19 July 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beacon See more »

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Newhall, California, USA See more »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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