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Contact

Contact is a science fiction film about an encounter with alien intelligence. Based on the novel by Carl Sagan the film starred Jodie Foster as the one chosen scientist who must make some difficult decisions between her beliefs, the truth, and reality.

Details

-- Box Office --
Released: Jul 11th, 1997
Budget: $90,000,000.00
Revenue: $171,000,000.00
-- General Information --
Rating: PG
Runtime: 153 Minutes
Genres: Drama / Mystery / Sci-Fi / Thriller
-- Ratings --
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Contact Main Cast

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Jena Malone
Jena Malone
plays Young Ellie
David Morse
David Morse
plays Ted Arroway
Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
plays Eleanor Arroway
Geoffrey Blake
Geoffrey Blake
plays Fisher
William Fichtner
William Fichtner
plays Kent
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • SPOILER: The Carl Sagan book "Contact" is different from the movie in several key places. First, the book had three machines built; one in the USA, one in the Soviet Union, and the third built by Hadden on Hokkaido, Japan. The movie had only two machines. The second major difference is that the book's machines held five passengers, and Ellie was accompanied on the voyage by four diverse intellectuals from around the world. Further, in the book semi-retired Ellie discovers "message" in the number pi (certain pattern of digits in it), thus revealing that our universe was indeed created or tweaked by other intelligent beings, as she has been told during her journey. Finally, there is no previous romantic relationship between Ellie and Joss, although the book hints at a potential relationship between the two as the story nears its end.
  • Movie Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Dr. Arroway first hears the alien signal at the VLA, she shouts into her walkie-talkie the Right Ascension and Declination that the signal is emanating from. Twice, she says, "Declination plus 36 degrees," but when she repeats it the third time, she accidentally says "Declination 36 hours."
  • Peter Jackson did some visual effects for this film, repaying the favor to Robert Zemeckis, who executive-produced his film The Frighteners.
  • The character of Dr. Arroway was modeled after two of the pioneering radio astronomers of the 1930s and 1940s, Grote Reber and John Kraus; both men were ham radio operators at an early age. Another model for the character's work was real-life SETI researcher Jill Cornell Tarter.
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