Contact (a 1997 American film)
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Contact is a 1997 American Science Fiction drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis. It is a film adaptation of Carl Sagan's 1985 novel of the same name. Sagan and his wife Ann Druyan wrote the story outline for the film. Jodie Foster stars as the film's protagonist, Dr. Eleanor Arroway, a SETI scientist. She finds strong evidence of extraterrestrial life and is to make first contact. The film also stars Matthew McConaughey, James Woods, Tom Skerritt, William Fichtner, John Hurt, Angela Bassett, Rob Lowe, Jake Busey and David Morse.
Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan began working on the film in 1979. Together, they wrote a film treatment more than 100 pages long and set up Contact at Warner Bros. with Peter Guber and Lynda Obst as producers. When development on the film stalled, Sagan published Contact as a novel in 1985. The film adaptation rejuvenated in 1989. Roland Joffé and George Miller had planned to direct it, but Joffé dropped out in 1993, and Warner Bros. fired Miller in 1995. Robert Zemeckis directed filming for Contact from September 1996 to February 1997. Sony Pictures Imageworks handled most of the visual effects sequences.
The film, released July 11, 1997 grossed over $171 million worldwide. The film won the Hugo Awards and received awards and nominations at the Saturn Awards.
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