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Dr. Eleanor Arroway has spent her life searching for truth in the study of radio astronomy. Palmer Joss has spent his searching for truth through faith in God. When Ellie discovers a stunning message from an extraterrestrial intelligence, they and everyone on Earth will be forced to challenge their own assumptions. In the inevitable first contact, will humankind be able to find a compromise between science and belief?
Get ready to take a chance on something that just might end up being the most profoundly impactful moment for humanity, for the history... of history.
Release Date: July 11, 1997
Runtime: 150 mins
All Genres: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Languages: English, Spanish, German, Russian
Sound: DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
IMDB Rating: 7.3
Buried.com Rating: 8.3 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With C
MPAA Rating: PG
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated PG for some intense action, mild language and a scene of sensuality.
Jena Malone ...young Ellie
David Morse ...Ted Arroway
Jodie Foster ...Eleanor Arroway
Geoffrey Blake ...Fisher
William Fichtner ...Kent
Sami Chester ...Vernon (as SaMi Chester)
Timothy McNeil ...Davio
Laura Elena Surillo ...Cantina Woman
Matthew McConaughey ...Palmer Joss
Tom Skerritt ...David Drumlin
Henry Strozier ...Minister
Michael Chaban ...Hadden Suit
Max Martini ...Willie (as Maximilian Martini)
Larry King ...Himself
Thomas Garner ...Ian Broderick
Conroy Chino ...KOB-TV Reporter
Dan Gifford ...Jeremy Roth
James Woods ...Michael Kitz
Vance Valencia ...Senator Valencia
Angela Bassett ...Rachel Constantine
Donna Kelley ...Herself (as Donna J. Kelley)
Leon Harris ...Himself
Claire Shipman ...Herself
Behrooz Afrakhan ...Middle Eastern Anchor
Saemi Nakamura ...Japanese Anchor
Maria Celeste Arraras ...Latina Anchor
Tabitha Soren ...Herself
Geraldo Rivera ...Himself
Ian Whitcomb ...British Anchor
Jay Leno ...Himself
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Steven J. Boyd
James V. Hart
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More Movie Taglines:
- Get ready to take a chance on something that just might end up being the most profoundly impactful moment for humanity, for the history... of history.
- From the Academy Award-winning director of "Forrest Gump" and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Contact" take you on a journey to the heart of the universe
- A message from deep space. Who will be the first to go? A journey to the heart of the universe.
- If it's just us, it seems like an awful waste of space.
- Get ready for human's biggest discovery ever!
- [Kent is blind] Dr. Kent Clark: Nice to smell you again, Mr. Kitz. Michael Kitz: You too. Dr. Kent Clark: [aside] Wouldn't have pegged him as a Polo man.
David Drumlin: I know you must think this is all very unfair. Maybe that's an understatement. What you don't know is I agree. I wish the world was a place where fair was the bottom line, where the kind of idealism you showed at the hearing was rewarded, not taken advantage of. Unfortunately, we don't live in that world. Ellie Arroway: Funny, I've always believed that the world is what we make of it.
Ellie Arroway: Occam's razor. You ever heard of it? Palmer Joss: Hack-em's Razor. Sounds like some slasher movie.
Executive: We must confess that your proposal seems less like science and more like science fiction. Ellie Arroway: Science fiction. Well you're right, it's crazy. In fact, it's even worse than that, nuts. [angrily slams down her briefcase and marches up to the desk] Ellie Arroway: You wanna hear something really nutty? I heard of a couple guys who wanna build something called an "airplane," you know you get people to go in, and fly around like birds, it's ridiculous, right? And what about breaking the sound barrier, or rockets to the moon, or atomic energy, or a mission to Mars? Science fiction, right? Look, all I'm asking, is for you to just have the tiniest bit of vision. You know, to just sit back for one minute and look at the big picture. To take a chance on something that just might end up being the most profoundly impactful moment for humanity, for the history... of history.
Ellie Arroway: I'm okay to go! I'm okay to go! I'm okay to go...
- Jodie Foster was interested in this movie as early as 1995. After initially deciding to drop out, her interest was resparked by a new revision of the script.
Ralph Fiennes was considered for a role, but not cast.
George Miller was slated to direct until Warner Bros. offered him the rights to Mad Max 2 (1981) and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) to pull out and let Robert Zemeckis take his place.
Francis Ford Coppola filed breach-of-contract suits against Carl Sagan's estate and Warner Brothers, halting the film. He claimed that Sagan had developed the "Contact" premise for Zoetrope Studios (possibly for a Children's Television Workshop program). The suit alleged that Sagan had not paid the required $250,000 when he had turned the concept into a novel, and in any event was prohibited from selling the film rights to the story.
Author and producer Carl Sagan died during production of the film. He was reportedly taking great care to ensure that "science" was accurately depicted in the film.
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