When Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) hears a signal being broadcast from outer space, the race is on to interpret humanity's first contact with alien intelligence in this adaptation of Carl Sagan's thoughtful novel about the divide between science and religion. Matthew McConaughey co-stars as Palmer Joss, a Christian philosopher who is Ellie's friend as well as her lover. Robert Zemeckis directs.
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- Robert Zemeckis
- DVD and Blu-ray
- 1998 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Actress in a Motion Picture (Drama) nominee
- Top 100 Thrills nominee
- 1998 Academy Award®
- Best Sound nominee
PGSome intense action, mild language and a scene of sensuality
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; production notes; making-of featurette; trailer; audio commentary.
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1, Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral), Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, SwedishClosed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby True HD, English: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, German: Dolby Digital 5.1, Italian: Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; audio commentary; making-of featurettes; music-only audio track; trailers.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that there is one episode of sabotage that results in violence, in addition to the one-night-stand (Ellie and Palmer shown in bed together), and some strong language.
- Sexual Content
- Character killed. Some tense moments.
- Some strong language.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Not applicable
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it