PG | | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine.
Robert Zemeckis had initially approached Sidney Poitier to play the President, but he turned the role down in favor of The Jackal (1997). Shortly after Poitier's refusal, Zemeckis saw a NASA announcement in August 1996. "Clinton gave his Mars rock speech," Zemeckis explained, "and I swear to ... ...
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Ellie says, "There are over four hundred billion stars out there, just in our galaxy alone. If just one in a million of those have planets, and if just one of a million of those have life, and if just one in a million of those have intelligent life, there would be literally millions of civilizations out there." The math doesn't work. 400,000,000,000 times (1/1000000) times (1/1000000) times (1/1000000) is far less than one. The movie's creators were informed of this issue after the scene was shot and couldn't find a cost effective way of fixing the problem, so they left it in.
English, Spanish, German, Russian
$20,584,908 (USA) (13 July 1997)
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