Contact is a 1997 American science fiction drama film directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Robert Lee Zemeckis is an American film director, film producer, and screenwriter frequently credited as an innovator in visual effects.

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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.

Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences.

A film adaptation is the transfer of a written work, in whole or in part, to a feature film.

Ann Druyan is an American writer and producer specializing in the communication of science.

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Jodie Foster portrays the film's protagonist, Dr. Eleanor "Ellie" Arroway, a SETI scientist who finds strong evidence of extraterrestrial life and is chosen to make first contact.

Extraterrestrial life, also called alien life, is life that does not originate from Earth.

A protagonist is the main character in any story, such as a literary work or drama.


The film also stars Matthew McConaughey, James Woods, Tom Skerritt, William Fichtner, John Hurt, Angela Bassett, Rob Lowe, Jake Busey and David Morse.

Thomas Roy Skerritt is an American actor who has appeared in more than forty films and more than two hundred television episodes since 1962.

William Edward Fichtner Jr. is an American actor who has appeared in a number of notable films and TV series.

Sir John Vincent Hurt was an English actor whose screen and stage career spanned more than 50 years.


Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan began working on the film in 1979.


Together, they wrote a 100+ page film treatment and set up Contact at Warner Bros. with Peter Guber and Lynda Obst as producers.

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. – colloquially known as Warner Bros. or Warner Bros. Pictures, and for a time trading as Warner Brothers Pictures, Inc. – is an American entertainment company, film studio and film distributor that is a division of Time Warner and is headquartered in Burbank, California.

A film treatment is a piece of prose, typically the step between scene cards and the first draft of a screenplay for a motion picture, television program, or radio play.

Howard Peter Guber is an American business executive, entrepreneur, educator and author.


When development stalled on the film, Sagan published Contact as a novel in 1985 and the film adaptation was 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.

Roland Joffé is an English-French film director who is known for the Academy Award-winning movies The Killing Fields and The Mission.


Robert Zemeckis was eventually hired to direct, and filming for Contact lasted from September 1996 to February 1997.


Sony Pictures Imageworks handled most of the visual effects sequences.

Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc. is a Canadian visual effects and computer animation company headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, with an additional office in Culver City, California.


The film was released on July 11, 1997.


Contact grossed approximately $171 million in worldwide box office totals.

A box office or ticket office is a place where tickets are sold to the public for admission to an event.


The film won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation and received multiple awards and nominations at the Saturn Awards.

The Saturn Award is an award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films; it was initially created to honor science fiction, fantasy, and horror on film, but has since grown to reward other films belonging to genre fiction, as well as on television and home media releases.

The Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation is given each year for theatrical films, television episodes, or other dramatized works related to science fiction or fantasy released in the previous calendar year.

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