Contact (1997)

Take a journey to the heart of the universe.

  • Genre: Drama, Science Fiction, Mystery
  • Release Date: 1997-07-11
  • User Rating: 7.4/10 from 4317 ratings
  • Runtime: 2h 30min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: South Side Amusement Company
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
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A radio astronomer receives the first extraterrestrial radio signal ever picked up on Earth. As the world powers scramble to decipher the message and decide upon a course of action, she must make some difficult decisions between her beliefs, the truth, and reality.

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  • Jodie Foster

    as Ellie Arroway
  • Matthew McConaughey

    as Palmer Joss
  • James Woods

    as Michael Kitz
  • John Hurt

    as S. R. Hadden
  • Tom Skerritt

    as David Drumlin
  • William Fichtner

    as Kent
  • David Morse

    as Ted Arroway
  • Angela Bassett

    as Rachel Constantine
  • Geoffrey Blake

    as Fisher
  • Max Martini

    as Willie
  • Rob Lowe

    as Richard Rank
  • Jake Busey

    as Joseph
  • Tucker Smallwood

    as Mission Director
  • Jena Malone

    as Young Ellie
  • Sami Chester

    as Vernon
  • Timothy McNeil

    as Davio
  • Laura Elena Surillo

    as Cantina Woman
  • Henry Strozier

    as Minister
  • Larry King

    as Larry King
  • Thomas Garner

    as Ian Broderick
  • Conroy Chino

    as KOB-TV Reporter
  • Dan Gifford

    as Jeremy Roth
  • Vance Valencia

    as Senator Valencia
  • Donna Kelley

    as Donna Kelley
  • Leon Harris

    as Leon Harris
  • Claire Shipman

    as Claire Shipman
  • Behrooz Afrakhan

    as Middle Eastern Anchor
  • Saemi Nakamura

    as Japanese Anchor
  • Maria Celeste Arraras

    as Latina Anchor
  • Tabitha Soren

    as Tabitha Soren
  • Geraldo Rivera

    as Geraldo Rivera
  • Ian Whitcomb

    as British Anchor
  • Jay Leno

    as Jay Leno
  • Natalie Allen

    as Natalie Allen
  • Robert D. Novak

    as Robert D. Novak
  • Geraldine A. Ferraro

    as Geraldine A. Ferraro
  • Ann Druyan

    as Ann Druyan
  • Kathleen Kennedy

    as Kathleen Kennedy
  • Michael Albala

    as Decryption Hacker
  • Ned Netterville

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  • Leo Lee

    as Major Domo
  • William Jordan

    as Chairman of Joint Chiefs
  • David St. James

    as Joint Chief
  • Jill Dougherty

    as Jill Dougherty
  • Haynes Brooke

    as Drumlin Aide
  • John Holliman

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  • Bobbie Battista

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  • Dee Dee Myers

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  • Bryant Gumbel

    as Bryant Gumbel
  • Linden Soles

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  • Steven Ford

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  • Alexander Zemeckis

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  • Janie Peterson

    as Major Russell's Daughter
  • Philippe Bergeron

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  • Jennifer Balgobin

    as Dr. Patel
  • Anthony Hamilton

    as British Committee Member
  • Rebecca T. Beucler

    as NASA Public Relations
  • Marc Macaulay

    as NASA Technician
  • Pamela Wilsey

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    as Mechanical
  • Yuji Okumoto

    as Electrical
  • Gerry Griffin

    as Dynamics
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  • Mark Thomason

    as Security
  • José Rey

    as Controller #8
  • Todd Patrick Breaugh

    as New VLA Technician
  • Alex Veadov

    as Russian Cosmonaut
  • Alice Kushida

    as Scientist
  • Robin Gammell

    as Project Official
  • Richardson Morse

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  • Seiji Okamura

    as Japanese Ensign
  • Bernard Shaw

    as Bernard Shaw
  • Mak Takano

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  • Hiroshi Tom Tanaka

    as Japanese Tech #2
  • Catherine Dao

    as Life Support
  • Kristoffer Ryan Winters

    as Dynamics #2
  • Valorie Armstrong

    as Woman Senator
  • Jim Hild

    as Reporter #5
  • William L. Thomas

    as Reporter #6
  • Diego Montoya

    as School Boy
  • Jonathan Adler

    as White House Official (uncredited)
  • Robert Aguilar Jr.

    as NASA Controller #2 (uncredited)
  • Mark Bailey

    as Four-Star General (uncredited)
  • Matt Bennett

    as Senate Observer (uncredited)
  • Tony Boldi

    as Robert Hand (uncredited)
  • Christopher Boyer

    as Scientist (uncredited)
  • Christine Brady

    as White House Official (uncredited)
  • Ray Buffer

    as Press Reporter (uncredited)
  • Mark Byrne

    as Protester (uncredited)
  • Candice T. Cain

    as Supporter (uncredited)
  • Michael Chaban

    as Hadden Suit (uncredited)
  • Aixa Clemente

    as President's Secretary (uncredited)
  • Bill Clinton

    as Self (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Derrick Damions

    as Ailing Believer (uncredited)
  • Elaina Erika Davis

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  • Joey Dente

    as Factory Worker (uncredited)
  • Michael Egan

    as IMC Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Jeff Elmore

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  • Pamela Fischer

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  • Carl Gilliard

    as Controller (uncredited)
  • William B. Kaplan

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  • Boris Lee Krutonog

    as Astronaut (uncredited)
  • Ming Lo

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  • Sunshine Logroño

    as Puerto Rican Taxi Driver (uncredited)
  • Denise Loveday

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  • Neal Matarazzo

    as Kitz's Aide (uncredited)
  • Cassidy McMillan

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  • Bill Miller

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  • Molly Mueller

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  • Paul L. Nolan

    as Ellie's Attorney (uncredited)
  • Marisa Petroro

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  • Errica Poindexter

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  • J.A. Preston

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  • Frank Principe

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  • Billy Quinn

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  • Thomas Reid

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  • Leo Rogstad

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  • Russell Sanderlin Sr.

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  • Frank Silva

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  • John A. Taylor

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  • Todd Thompson

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  • Cenk Uygur

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  • Holly Cross Vagley

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  • Eric Alan Wendell

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  • Delaney Williams

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  • Gregory L. Williams

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Camera Don Burgess Director of Photography
Editing Arthur Schmidt Editor
Production Steve Starkey Producer
Writing Carl Sagan Novel
Writing Michael Goldenberg Screenplay
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Sound Teresa Eckton Sound Effects Editor
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Production Carl Sagan Co-Producer
Production Lynda Obst Executive Producer
Production Steven J. Boyd Associate Producer
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Production Scot Boland Casting Associate
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Crew Martin A. Kline Visual Effects Art Director
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Costume & Make-Up Jessica Fasman Assistant Costume Designer
Costume & Make-Up Keith VanderLaan Prosthetic Makeup Artist
Crew Bill Feightner Technical Supervisor
Lighting Dave Mikutsky Electrician
Sound Earl Sampson Boom Operator
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Crew Jay Caputo Stunts
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Crew David Diaz Transportation Co-Captain
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Crew Kevin LaRosa Aerial Coordinator
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Crew Thomas C. Mentzer Carpenter
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Production Dawn Guinta Production Supervisor
Editing Harry Keramidas Additional Editing
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Crew Michelle Vogler Set Production Assistant
Crew Michael Egan Stand In
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Directing Bruce Moriarty First Assistant Director
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Sound Sue Fox Supervising ADR Editor
Directing Steve Starkey Second Unit Director
Writing Ann Druyan Story
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Production Primrose Fukuchi Location Assistant
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Art Steve Burg Concept Artist
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Costume & Make-Up Hope Slepak Costumer
Art Nina Saxon Title Designer
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Sound Cheryl Nardi First Assistant Sound Editor
Crew Charlie Bonilla Special Effects Assistant
Production Nikki Dalmau Casting Coordinator
Directing Cellin Gluck Second Assistant Director
Art Richard Kriegler Conceptual Illustrator
Lighting Steven C. McGee Chief Lighting Technician
Production Nick Booth Production Assistant
Visual Effects Michael L. Fink Senior Visual Effects Supervisor
Editing Jana Lynn Gold Assistant Editor
Production Robert Cable Second Assistant Accountant
Costume & Make-Up Nigel Boyd Key Costumer
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Sound Catherine Harper Foley Artist
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Production Carley A. Berkman Production Secretary
Costume & Make-Up Gerardo Rosette Tailor
Camera Jeff 'Moose' Howery Dolly Grip
Art Carl Catanese Set Buyer
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Crew Mark Jan Wlodarkiewicz Temp Sound Editor
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Crew J.W. Kompare Visual Effects Editor
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Visual Effects Maura Alvarez Rotoscoping Artist
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Visual Effects Mimi Medel Visual Effects Production Manager
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