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.