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.

TED:

Time to sleep now, Captain. But you

can ask more questions in the

morning, okay?

ELLIE:

(sighs)

Okay.

He kisses her again, rises, goes to leave, stopping at the

door to watch her. Ellie looks out the window at the

stars...

DEEP SPACE - MESSAGE

A comet blows by. We chase it, riding its luminous tail

of evaporating ice...

TED'S CALLUSED HAND

careful as a safecracker, slowly TURNS the DIAL on an

ancient A.M. RADIO -- finally landing on an old HANK

WILLIAMS TUNE.

INT. TED'S TRUCK - MOVING - DAY

Ted sits up, smiles in satisfaction.

EXT. TRUCK - DAY

The old red Ford trundles through the pines along a

mountain road.

INT. ARROWAY KITCHEN - DAY

NINE-YEAR OLD ELLIE throws her schoolbooks on the table

and goes to the refrigerator. As she starts to take out

items we see her hand-drawn chart taped to the side of the

fridge; Mondays and Thursdays say "Ellie Cooks!"

EXT. MOUNTAINS - DAY

A fawn is feeding. CUT WIDE to reveal it standing in the

middle of an empty road, nibbling at the grass growing out

of the old blacktop. The TWITTER of a BIRD; the wind in

the trees... and then, far in the distance, we hear an

ENGINE STRAINING.

LOGGING TRUCK:

heads up the mountain road, its driver humming along to

the same HANK WILLIAMS TUNE.

INT. ARROWAY KITCHEN - DAY

A stew of some sort bubbles on the stove. Ellie hums as

she experiments with every spice on the rack.

SERIES OF SHOTS:

A) Ted sings to the RADIO as he eases off the gas to

take a bend in the road --

B) The fawn continues to graze, oblivious. We can now

hear the RADIO in the DISTANCE.

C) Ted look up as he rounds the bend -- sees the deer --

D) The logging TRUCK ROARS around a blind curve --

E) Ted swerves onto the wrong side of the road, misses

the deer, sighs in relief --

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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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