- 2 hr 33 min
Contact is a dramatic science-fiction film that was released in 1997. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, and it was written by James V. Hart and Michael Goldenberg. The film stars Jodie Foster as Dr. Eleanor Arroway, and Matthew McConaughey as Palmer Joss. The supporting cast consists of James Woods, Tome Skerritt, William Fichtner, John Hurt, Angela Bassett, David Morse, Jake Busey, and Rob Lowe. It has a running time of 150 minutes, and it was produced by Warner Bros. pictures. The film was awarded a PG rating for some action and its language. Ever since she was a child, Eleanor has wanted to be an explorer. As an adult, this intuition led her to search for extra terrestrials with a program that uses an observatory in Puerto Rico. Her job is to listen to radio signals; hoping to find anything that will lead to discovering aliens. Problems arise for the program as they lose money to continue their search, because the government feels there is no use as no discovery has been made. Despite this setback, Eleanor was able to secure funding from a rich businessman who supports the work the program has done. A few years later, signals are retrieved from a faraway galaxy. This causes officials to want to take over for the program. After much work, the alien signals are decoded. It allows for one human to ride in a machine into space. The world comes together to build the machine too. Additionally, a special group is assembled to choose one person to be the one passenger in the machine. Eleanor is deemed to be a leading candidate, but her lack of religious belief causes the team to overlook her. However, after someone destroys the machine and kills the selected candidate, Eleanor is the next best choice.