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A radio astronomer receives the first extraterrestrial radio signal ever picked up on Earth. As the world powers scramble to decipher the message and decide upon a course of action, she must make some difficult decisions between her beliefs, the truth, and reality.
    Released
    7/11/1997
    Runtime
    2h 30min
    Director
    Budget
    $90,000,000
    Revenue
    $171,120,329
    Genre
    Status
    Released
    Language
    English
    Production
    South Side Amusement Company, Warner Bros. Pictures
Cast
Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
Ellie Arroway
Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey
Palmer Joss
James Woods
James Woods
Michael Kitz
John Hurt
John Hurt
S. R. Hadden
Tom Skerritt
Tom Skerritt
David Drumlin
William Fichtner
William Fichtner
Kent
David Morse
David Morse
Ted Arroway
Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett
Rachel Constantine
Geoffrey Blake
Geoffrey Blake
Fisher
Max Martini
Max Martini
Willie
Rob Lowe
Rob Lowe
Richard Rank
Jake Busey
Jake Busey
Joseph
Tucker Smallwood
Tucker Smallwood
Mission Director
Jena Malone
Jena Malone
Young Ellie
Sami Chester
Vernon
Timothy McNeil
Davio
Laura Elena Surillo
Cantina Woman
Henry Strozier
Henry Strozier
Minister
Larry King
Larry King
Larry King
Thomas Garner
Thomas Garner
Ian Broderick
Conroy Chino
KOB-TV Reporter
Dan Gifford
Jeremy Roth
Vance Valencia
Vance Valencia
Senator Valencia
Donna Kelley
Donna Kelley
Donna Kelley
Leon Harris
Leon Harris
Claire Shipman
Claire Shipman
Claire Shipman
Behrooz Afrakhan
Middle Eastern Anchor
Saemi Nakamura
Saemi Nakamura
Japanese Anchor
Maria Celeste Arraras
Latina Anchor
Tabitha Soren
Tabitha Soren
Tabitha Soren
Geraldo Rivera
Geraldo Rivera
Geraldo Rivera
Ian Whitcomb
Ian Whitcomb
British Anchor
Jay Leno
Jay Leno
Jay Leno
Natalie Allen
Natalie Allen
Robert D. Novak
Robert D. Novak
Geraldine A. Ferraro
Geraldine A. Ferraro
Geraldine A. Ferraro
Ann Druyan
Ann Druyan
Ann Druyan
Kathleen Kennedy
Kathleen Kennedy
Michael Albala
Michael Albala
Decryption Hacker
Ned Netterville
Decryption Expert
Leo Lee
Leo Lee
Major Domo
William Jordan
William Jordan
Chairman of Joint Chiefs
David St. James
David St. James
Joint Chief
Jill Dougherty
Jill Dougherty
Haynes Brooke
Haynes Brooke
Drumlin Aide
John Holliman
John Holliman
Bobbie Battista
Bobbie Battista
Dee Dee Myers
Dee Dee Myers
Dee Dee Myers
Bryant Gumbel
Bryant Gumbel
Bryant Gumbel
Linden Soles
Linden Soles
Steven Ford
Steven Ford
Major Russell
Alexander Zemeckis
Major Russell's Son
Janie Peterson
Major Russell's Daughter
Philippe Bergeron
French Committee Member
Jennifer Balgobin
Jennifer Balgobin
Dr. Patel
Anthony Hamilton
British Committee Member
Rebecca T. Beucler
NASA Public Relations
Marc Macaulay
Marc Macaulay
NASA Technician
Pamela Wilsey
Voice of NASA (voice)
Jeffery Thomas Johnson
Jeffery Thomas Johnson
Mechanical
Yuji Okumoto
Yuji Okumoto
Electrical
Gerry Griffin
Dynamics
Brian Alston
Communications
Rob Elk
Rob Elk
Pad Leader
Mark Thomason
Security
José Rey
Controller #8
Todd Patrick Breaugh
New VLA Technician
Alex Veadov
Alex Veadov
Russian Cosmonaut
Alice Kushida
Scientist
Robin Gammell
Robin Gammell
Project Official
Richardson Morse
Mission Doctor
Seiji Okamura
Japanese Ensign
Bernard Shaw
Bernard Shaw
Bernard Shaw
Mak Takano
Japanese Tech #1
Hiroshi Tom Tanaka
Japanese Tech #2
Catherine Dao
Catherine Dao
Life Support
Kristoffer Ryan Winters
Dynamics #2
Valorie Armstrong
Valorie Armstrong
Woman Senator
Jim Hild
Reporter #5
William L. Thomas
William L. Thomas
Reporter #6
Diego Montoya
School Boy
Jonathan Adler
White House Official (uncredited)
Robert Aguilar Jr.
NASA Controller #2 (uncredited)
Mark Bailey
Four-Star General (uncredited)
Matt Bennett
Senate Observer (uncredited)
Tony Boldi
Robert Hand (uncredited)
Christopher Boyer
Christopher Boyer
Scientist (uncredited)
Christine Brady
White House Official (uncredited)
Ray Buffer
Ray Buffer
Press Reporter (uncredited)
Mark Byrne
Protester (uncredited)
Candice T. Cain
Supporter (uncredited)
Michael Chaban
Hadden Suit (uncredited)
Aixa Clemente
Aixa Clemente
President's Secretary (uncredited)
Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
Self (archive footage) (uncredited)
Derrick Damions
Ailing Believer (uncredited)
Elaina Erika Davis
Elaina Erika Davis
Philanthropy Bureaucrat (uncredited)
Joey Dente
Factory Worker (uncredited)
Michael Egan
IMC Police Officer (uncredited)
Jeff Elmore
Monk (uncredited)
Pamela Fischer
Pedestrian (uncredited)
Carl Gilliard
Carl Gilliard
Controller (uncredited)
William B. Kaplan
TV Interviewer (uncredited)
Boris Lee Krutonog
Boris Lee Krutonog
Astronaut (uncredited)
Ming Lo
Ming Lo
Pod Systems Control (uncredited)
Sunshine Logroño
Sunshine Logroño
Puerto Rican Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Denise Loveday
Denise Loveday
Press Secretary (uncredited)
Neal Matarazzo
Neal Matarazzo
Kitz's Aide (uncredited)
Cassidy McMillan
Cassidy McMillan
Student Reporter at NASA (uncredited)
Bill Miller
Reporter (uncredited)
Molly Mueller
Family Exchange (uncredited)
Paul L. Nolan
Paul L. Nolan
Ellie's Attorney (uncredited)
Marisa Petroro
Marisa Petroro
Oval Office Secretary (uncredited)
Errica Poindexter
Police Officer (uncredited)
J.A. Preston
J.A. Preston
Senator (uncredited)
Frank Principe
Ailing Believer (uncredited)
Billy Quinn
Security Guard (uncredited)
Thomas Reid
Thomas Reid
Senate Hearing (uncredited)
Leo Rogstad
Ailing Believer (uncredited)
Russell Sanderlin Sr.
Photographer (uncredited)
Frank Silva
Frank Silva
Army Officer (uncredited)
John A. Taylor
Senate Hearing Attendee (uncredited)
Todd Thompson
Todd Thompson
News Reporter (uncredited)
Cenk Uygur
Cenk Uygur
Reporter (uncredited)
Holly Cross Vagley
Holly Cross Vagley
Religious Zealot (uncredited)
Eric Alan Wendell
Protester (uncredited)
Delaney Williams
Delaney Williams
Believer #1 (uncredited)
Gregory L. Williams
Extra (uncredited)
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