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.
The Dynamics officer, addressed only as "Gerry" in dialogue, is Gerry Griffin, who, in real-life, was a Flight Director at Mission Control in Houston during the Apollo program.
CQ, this is W9GFO. CQ, this is W9GFO here. Come back?
In the opening galactic pullback scene, the oldies in the soundtrack are out of sync with the indicated distance from Earth. It takes only 4 hours for a radio transmission to travel from Earth to the edge of our solar system, yet 1960s music and news cues are heard as the "virtual camera" passes Jupiter.
English, Spanish, German, Russian
$20,584,908 (USA) (13 July 1997)
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