Contact (1997) USA
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Director:Robert Zemeckis
Studio:Warner Home Video
Producer:Steve Starkey, Robert Zemeckis
Writer:Carl Sagan, Carl Sagan
Date Added:2006-05-17
Awards:Nominated for Oscar. Another 8 wins & 15 nominations
Genre:Adapted from Books
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:2.35:1
Languages:English, Dolby Digital 5.1, French, Dolby Digital 2.0, Commentary by
Subtitles:English, Spanish, French
Robert Zemeckis  ...  (Director)
Carl Sagan, Carl Sagan  ...  (Writer)
Jena Malone  ...  Young Ellie
David Morse  ...  Ted Arroway
Jodie Foster  ...  Eleanor Arroway
Geoffrey Blake  ...  Fisher
William Fichtner  ...  Kent
Sami Chester  ...  Vernon
Timothy McNeil  ...  Davio
Laura Elena Surillo  ...  Cantina Woman
Matthew McConaughey  ...  Palmer Joss
Tom Skerritt  ...  David Drumlin
Henry Strozier  ...  Minister
Michael Chaban  ...  Hadden Suit
Max Martini  ...  Willie (as Maximilian Martini)
Larry King  ...  Himself
Thomas Garner  ...  Ian Broderick
Comments: Get ready to take a chance on something that just might end up being the most profoundly impactful moment for humanity, for the history... of history.

Summary: The opening and closing moments of Robert (Forrest Gump) Zemeckis's Contact astonish viewers with the sort of breathtaking conceptual imagery one hardly ever sees in movies these day--each is an expression of the heroine's lifelong quest (both spiritual and scientific) to explore the meaning of human existence through contact with extraterrestrial life. The movie begins by soaring far out into space, then returns dizzyingly to earth until all the stars in the heavens condense into the sparkle in one little girl's eye. It ends with that same girl as an adult (Jodie Foster)--her search having taken her to places beyond her imagination--turning her gaze inward and seeing the universe in a handful of sand. Contact traces the journey between those two visual epiphanies. Based on Carl Sagan's novel, Contact is exceptionally thoughtful and provocative for a big-budget Hollywood science fiction picture, with elements that recall everything from 2001 to The Right Stuff. Foster's solid performance (and some really incredible alien hardware) keep viewers interested, even when the story skips and meanders, or when the halo around the golden locks of rising-star-of-a-different-kind Matthew McConaughey (as the pure-Hollywood-hokum love interest) reaches Milky Way-level wattage. Ambitious, ambiguous, pretentious, unpredictable--Contact is all of these things and more. Much of it remains open to speculation and interpretation, but whatever conclusions one eventually draws, Contact deserves recognition as a rare piece of big-budget studio filmmaking on a personal scale. --Jim Emerson