Plot:¬†Professor Eleanor “Ellie” Anne Arroway is an astronomy and science fanatic. She rents with her own funds, the VLA network, a system composed of 27 antennae listening to the stars. Her goal, to intercept a possible alien message coming from outer space. After four barren years, under the threat of losing her financing for her project, when all seems lost, she receives a message from the stars; a signal on frequency 4.46Ghz coming from Vega.

Rating: PG for some intense action, mild language and a scene of sensuality

Directed By: Robert Zemeckis

Written By: James V. Hart, Michael Goldenberg, Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan

Production: Warner Bros. Pictures, South Side Amusement Company

In Theaters: July 11, 1997

Box Office: $100,853,835 (USA)

Budget: $90,000,000 (estimated)

Runtime: 2 hr. 30 mins.

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Young Ellie – Jena Malone
Ted Arroway – David Morse
Eleanor Arroway – Jodie Foster
Fisher – Geoffrey Blake
Kent – William Fichtner
Vernon – SaMi Chester

Davio – Timothy McNeil
Palmer Joss – Matthew McConaughey
David Drumlin – Tom Skerritt
Minister – Henry Strozier
Hadden Suit – Michael Chaban
Willie – Maximilian Martini