Updated June 26, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writers: James V. Hart and Michael Goldenberg
Director of Photography:Don Burgess
Editor:Arthur Schmidt
Music:Alan Silvestri
Production Designer:Ed Verreaux
Producers:Robert Zemeckis and Steve Starkey
Warner Bros.; PG; 142 minutes
Cast:Jodie Foster, Tom Skerritt, Matthew McConaughey, John Hurt, James Woods, Angela Bassett, Mac Takano and Bill Clinton
Based on a story by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan

Warner Bros.
Zemeckis brings Sagan's provocative novel to the screen in a manner that is, on the surface, characteristic of his more earth-bound Forrest Gump. Good and evil are sketched in broad, easily digestible strokes in this tale of a brilliant maverick radio astronomer Ellie Arroway (Foster) who makes contact with extraterrestrial life. The realization that we are not alone in the universe promises to have tremendous impact on the cosmogonies that have guided human civilization over the centuries, and Contact does not shy away from the ethical implications of science and the question of its compatibility with religion. In the end, there is no absolute answer. When Ellie returns from her 26-light-year odyssey to further examine her findings, she encounters a government unwilling to accept the validity of her experience. Forced to admit as a scientist that her encounter with aliens may have been a stress-induced hallucination, Ellie, nevertheless, cannot deny her singular experience.
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