ContactDirector: Robert Zemeckis
The search for life outside our solar system becomes a personal and spiritual quest for a young researcher. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) is a scientist who lost her faith in God after her parents died when she was a child. However, Ellie has learned to develop a different sort of faith in the seemingly unknowable: working with a group that monitors radio waves from space, Ellie hopes that some day she will receive a coherent message from another world that will prove that there is a world beyond our own. Ellie's hard work is rewarded when her team picks up a signal that does not appear to be of earthly origin. Ellie decodes the message, which turns out to be plans for a space craft, which she takes as an invitation for a meeting with the aliens. Ellie and her fellow researchers soon run into interference from a White House scientific advisor, David Drumlin (Tom Skerritt), who cuts off their funding and tries to take credit for their achievements. However, Ellie receives moral support from Palmer Joss (Matthew McConaughey), a spiritual teacher who advises President Clinton and tries to persuade her to accept the existence of a higher power, and financial backing from S.R. Hadden (John Hurt), a multi-millionaire willing to fund her attempts to contact the source of the message. Contact was based on a novel by Carl Sagan, who advised director Robert Zemeckis during the film's production until his death in 1996.
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Cast & Crew
|Jodie Foster||Ellie Arroway|
|Matthew McConaughey||Palmer Joss|
|James Woods||Michael Kitz|
|John Hurt||S.R. Hadden|
|Tom Skerritt||David Drumlin|
|David Morse||Ted Arroway|
|Angela Bassett||Rachel Constantine|
|Robert A.A. Lowe||Richard Rank|
|Jena Malone||Young Ellie|
|Tucker Smallwood||Mission Director|
|David St. James||Joint Chief|
|Evelyne Barbier||Set Decoration/Design|
|Steven J. Boyd||Associate Producer|
|Joan Bradshaw||Executive Producer|
|Mariko Braswell||Set Decoration/Design|
|James Claytor||Set Decoration/Design|
|Bruce Crone||Art Director|
|Weta Digital||Special Effects|
|Ann Druyan||Co-producer,Original Story|
|Jim V. Hart||Screenwriter|
|CIS Hollywood||Special Effects|
|Lawrence Hubbs||Art Director|
|Sony Pictures Imageworks||Special Effects|
|Industrial Light & Magic||Special Effects|
|Joanna Johnston||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|William B. Kaplan||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Josh Lusby||Set Decoration/Design|
|Bruce Moriarity||Asst. Director|
|Lynda Obst||Executive Producer|
|Rick Porras||Associate Producer|
|Pacific Ocean Post||Special Effects|
|Big Sky Post||Special Effects|
|Kristen Pratt||Set Decoration/Design|
|Carl Sagan||Co-producer,Original Story|
|Alan Silvestri||Score Composer|
|Easton M. Smith||Set Decoration/Design|
|Michael Taylor||Set Decoration/Design|
|Ed Verreaux||Production Designer|
|Warner Digital Studios||Special Effects|
|Dean Wolcott||Set Decoration/Design|
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The ending to this movie had all the answers I could possibly hope for and more. Many people don't understand the meaning of this movie and that is disappointing because it is in my top 30 or so movies of all time. This movie gives us all hope and strengthens whatever faith we think we have lost.
Conctact is a movie about faith and belief. The acting was superb,and the special effects great. The message also was good, that there is something much greater than us.
I have loved this film since the first time I saw it and it is one that every so often I have to watch again. If I was going to be stranded on a desert island and could only take 10 movies, this would be at the top of my list. There are so many interplays in this movie, so each time I see it I discover something new or something that fits my mood or thinking at the moment. It really challenges your perceptions. The performances are top notch and the script is very well written. I found myself really rooting for Ellie. I admire her strength to find a way to continue her research even after the rug has been pulled out from under her by those who deem her research to be silly. The prevailing theme is science vs. religion with the added thrill of the search for extraterrestrial life. The characters dance around and through the issue of science and God so well that the movie never dictates to you one view over the other but, instead, leaves you feeling perhaps the two can coexist peacefully.
She sat there, with the sand in her hand, and that piano started playiing, and suddenly (even though it was the end of the movie) made me realize that even in this world we have achieved this kind of beauty. It was simply fantasic, thought provoking, moving, and simply a movie that surpasses all other movies. It is in it self the classic of all modern classics. It holds in itself the key to speculation of the religious nature, and in it self is a testimony of Carl Sagan.
This is one of my boyfriend's favorites and I have to say the computer graphics were good for the time at which it was made and the plot was okay.
This movie had me glued to the screen all the way to the end. The ending is also where I was the most disappointed. This movie is about a girl, who growing up was always looking for answers. Why are we here and what is our purpose? It's really a sweet heartfelt story that falters at the end. The ending was kind of a let down for me because I was hoping they would give us some answers. The ending just seemed hokey and cheapened the film. Everything else from the actors to script were great.