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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.

UNIVERSE - EIGHT BILLION LIGHT YEARS FROM EARTH

The cosmos on the grandest scale we know. Clusters of

galaxies strewn like sea froth; whorls and smudges of

light representing hundreds of billions of stars each.

MILKY WAY GALAXY

A view from the edge. We DRIFT ABOVE the majestic,

spiraling disk, tens of thousands of light years across.

RING NEBULA (M57) - CONSTELLATION LYRA

A local group of stars, the brightest of which is a point

of hot, blue-white light...

VEGA:

Rings of glowing gas and debris surround the giant, blue-

white star... and then we notice something ahead of us in

polar orbit.

CLOSER:

An immense, world-sized construct gleams in Vega's blue

light. Far too big to be artificial, by human standards

-- but this wasn't built to human standards.

Bowl-shaped transmitters cover the quicksilver gel-like

surface of the polyhedron, forming then vanishing again.

We DESCEND INTO one vast bowl as it deepens --

-- then silently convulses. A lost chord. We SWING

AROUND, assuming a breathtaking, MOVING POV --

A message begins its journey.

DISSOLVE TO:

SUBTERRANEAN DARKNESS

Shadows appear, dark and murky. Slowly we become aware of

a MUFFLED, PULSING sound; like a DISTANT, BOOMING

HEARTBEAT.

Suddenly a bright light unzips the amniotic darkness; two

great hands reach in to assist what we now realize is a

Caesarean birth.

ELLIE ARROWAY:

age five seconds, opens her eyes wide. In the b.g., we

can see a nurse methodically giving CPR to the unseen

mother; the decor beyond tells us we are in a small-town

doctor's office. The DOCTOR holds Ellie as he calls

softly to the nurse.

DOCTOR:

You can call it, Nan. Mark time of

birth as... 12:
04 A.M.

(looking down at the

baby)

Happy New Year, little lady.

(to the nurse)

Tell Ted he has a girl.

TED ARROWAY stands watching through the window in the

office door. Numb.

BABY'S TINY HAND

clasps its mother's finger.

CUT TO:

WIDE TABLEAU:

Ted, holding his newborn daughter, sitting quietly next to

the bed where his sheet-covered wife still lies.

EXT. MAIN STREET (NEHALEM, OREGON) - DAWN

Ted, carefully holding little Ellie, walks down the empty

street, his FOOTSTEPS ECHOING...

DEEP SPACE - MESSAGE

rockets through a black dust cloud where young stars are

just beginning to glow. An icy worldlet evaporates,

releasing gasses which blow away in spectral bursts of

iridescent color...

SURFACE OF ALIEN WORLD

We are MOVING OVER an exotic, technological landscape;

strange ALIEN SQUELCHES and SQUEALS become audible --

-- and then a child's hand reaches in and twists a giant

dial on what we now see is an old shortwave RADIO.

ELLIE (V.O.)

CQ CQ WR2 GFO... WR2 GFO, come back.

INT. ARROWAY HOUSE - NIGHT

SIX-YEAR OLD ELLIE leans in towards a large microphone.

ELLIE:

CQ WR2 GFO, do you copy?

(calls)

I'm not getting anything.

Ted joins his daughter at the workbench where she sits in

front of the short-wave, her feet dangling from the stool.

He puts his hands on her shoulders.

TED:

Small moves, Captain, small moves.

ELLIE:

I can't move any smaller.

TED:

Try again between the static and

'Hey Jude'; that's where they're

hiding.

Ellie bites her lip, tries again. Her little hand slowly

turns the dial -- suddenly --

RADIO VOICE (V.O.)

(filtered)

Copy... WRS GFO...

(off STATIC)

W2P KLD talking... what's your

handle, WR2 GFO?

ELLIE:

What do I do?

TED:

Talk to him.

ELLIE:

But what do I say?

TED:

Just be yourself, Captain. Find out

where he is.

Ellie tentatively reaches out and grasps the microphone.

ELLIE:

Where are you calling from, W2P KLD,

come back.

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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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