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A linguist is recruited by the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecrafts land around the world.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Louise Banks
... Ian Donnelly
... Colonel Weber
... Agent Halpern
... Captain Marks
... General Shang
... 8-Year-Old-Hannah
... 12-Year-Old-Hannah
... 6-Year-Old-Hannah
... Dr. Kettler
Lucas Chartier-Dessert ... Private Lasky
... Private Combs
Lucy Van Oldenbarneveld ... CNAC Anchor
... Environmental Tech
... Environmental Tech
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Storyline

Linguistics professor Louise Banks leads an elite team of investigators when gigantic spaceships touchdown in 12 locations around the world. As nations teeter on the verge of global war, Banks and her crew must race against time to find a way to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors. Hoping to unravel the mystery, she takes a chance that could threaten her life and quite possibly all of mankind. Written by Jwelch5742

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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11 November 2016 (USA)  »

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Story of Your Life  »

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Budget:

$47,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,000,000, 11 November 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$100,546,139

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$203,388,186
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Trivia

The inky circular alien language was created by Montreal artist Martine Bertrand. It is also the artist's son who created Hannah's drawings. See more »

Goofs

When Louise goes to the college the day after the arrival to teach, the entire building is deserted. No students, no staff. And yet the cleaners had come in, cleaned and neatly arranged all the furniture as per usual. See more »

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Louise Banks: [narrating] I used to think this was the beginning of your story. Memory is a strange thing. It doesn't work like I thought it did. We are so bound by time, by its order.
Louise Banks: [coddling her baby girl] Okay. Okay. Come back to me. Come back to me. Come back to me.
Louise Banks: [later playing with her in the yard] Stick 'em up! Are you the sheriff in this here town? These are my tickle guns, and I'm gonna getcha!
6-Year-Old-Hannah: No!
Louise Banks: You want me to chase you? You better run!
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During the end credits Anana Rydvald is credited as Swedish Scientist rather than Danish Scientist. Sweden and Denmark are neighboring countries. See more »


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As a parent who has lost a child, this movie sheds a new light on the beauty of life...
17 November 2016 | by See all my reviews

I'm not one to flat out break down in a movie theater but it just happened. My daughter had an extremely rare incurable disease that took her from us a little over a year ago. The grief and torment my wife and I have endured cannot be expressed or understood by most people...then this movie happened. It shed a new light on the beauty of life and how if perceived non-linearly life and death can be the same. The movie itself is sheer brilliance. The pacing, the cinematography, the music (MY GOD THE MUSIC)...the direction...and Amy Adams. My god she deserves all the praise she's been getting. Her grief is palpable. While watching her "dream" in Heptapod dreams its as though she's in my mind, thinking of the little things and memories of my daughter that I'll cherish forever. I don't know how they accomplished this feat of a movie, but I am so glad that for once, since my daughter has passed away...I don't feel so...alone.


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