Contact script
Contact (1997)
Synopsis: 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 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. The film also stars Matthew McConaughey, James Woods, Tom Skerritt, William Fichtner, John Hurt, Angela Bassett, Jake Busey, and David Morse.

RADIO VOICE (V.O.)

(filtered)

Pensacola, over.

ELLIE:

Pensacola -- !

(beat)

Where's Pensacola?

TED:

Give you a hint:
orange juice.

MAP OF WORLD:

above the work area is dotted with colored pins; Ellie's

finger traces the Gulf of Mexico, stopping at Pensacola.

Ellie, breathless with wonder. Contact.

EXT. ARROWAY BEDROOM - NIGHT

The house in the woods dwarfed under the immense dome of

night.

INT. ELLIE'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

Now in her pajamas, Ellie sits hunched over in bed,

working intently on her latest masterpiece. A crayon

behind her ear.

ELLIE:

Could we hear to China?

TED:

On that old shortwave? Maybe on a

clear night. Come on now, under the

covers.

ELLIE:

Could we hear to the moon?

TED:

Big enough radio, I don't see why

not.

ELLIE:

Could we hear God?

TED:

Mmm, that's a good one. Maybe his

echo...

(then)

Okay, no more stalling.

ELLIE:

(coloring frantically)

Okay, okay... there.

She hands Ted the drawing. As he holds it up to the lamp

we see it shows an idealized beach, palm trees. It glows

in the light.

ELLIE:

Pensacola.

TED:

That's a beauty, Captain.

(kisses her on the

forehead)

Now get some sleep.

He carefully pins the drawing on the wall, turns out the

light. As he starts out she says softly --

ELLIE:

Do you think there're people on

other planets?

Ted pauses, smiles at his daughter's inexhaustible

curiosity. He returns, sits on the edge of her bed, now

lit by starlight.

TED:

Well let's see... the Universe is a

pretty big place... And the one

thing I know about nature is it

hates to waste anything. So I guess

I'd say if it is just us, an awful

lot of space is going to waste.

He tenderly brushes a stray lock of her hair behind her

ear.

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James V. Hart

James V. Hart was born in 1960 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Hook (1991), Epic (2013) and Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). more…

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