Contact (1997 US film)

Contact is a 1997 American science fiction drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a film adaptation of Carl Sagans 1985 novel of the same name Sagan and his wife Ann Druyan wrote the story outline for the film.

Encouraged to explore as a child by her late father, Dr. Eleanor Ellie Arroway Jodie Foster works for the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence SETI program at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. She listens to radio transmissions hoping to find signals sent by extraterrestrial life. Science Advisor to the President David Drumlin Tom Skerritt pulls the funding from SETI because he believes the endeavor is futile. Arroway gains backing from secretive billionaire industrialist S. R. Hadden John Hurt, who has followed her career and allows her to continue her studies at the Very Large Array VLA in Socorro County, New Mexico.Four years later, with Drumlin seeking to close SETI, Arroway finds a signal repeating a sequence of prime numbers, apparently sent from the star Vega. This announcement causes Drumlin and the National Security Council, led by National Security Advisor Michael Kitz James Woods, to attempt to take control of the facility. As Arroway, Drumlin and Kitz argue, members of the team at the VLA discover a video source buried in the signal Adolf Hitler s welcoming address at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. Arroway and her team postulate that this would have been the first significantly strong television signal to leave Earths atmosphere, which was then transmitted back from Vega,lightyears away. ........

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