Facts and Figures

Run time: 150 mins

In Theaters: Friday 11th July 1997

Box Office Worldwide: $171M

Budget: $90M

Distributed by: Warner Home Video

Production compaines: Warner Bros. Pictures

Reviews 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 63%
Fresh: 39 Rotten: 23

IMDB: 7.4 / 10

Cast & Crew


Starring: as Eleanor Arroway, as Ted Arroway, as Palmer Joss, as Michael Kitz, as S. R. Hadden, as Richard Rank, as David Drumlin, as Kent Clark, as Rachel Constantine, as Joseph, as Young Ellie

Contact Review

Apparently, we are not alone. And we're beaming The Spice Girls into space.

But seriously, Carl Sagan's ode to the superior intelligence of aliens (and how us darned humans mess everything up) is consistently beautiful and interesting, but it never makes a point (except for that bit about the darned humans). The plot, which gives Jodie Foster schematics from space and focuses on the technical and bureaucratic minutiae that go into the construction of an extradimensional travelling device, is rather on the nose -- and the only real surprises in the film come from its obsession with God (in which the late Sagan did not believe) and the complete and utter disappointment received with the aliens are finally revealed.

Recommended for its looks, and not highly.