Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Starring: David Morse, Geoffrey Blake, Jena Malone, Jodie Foster, John Hurt, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller
Deliberate mistake: The slow rate of the radio telescopes at the VLA has been greatly increased for the movie. They are actually quite slow and make little to no noise.
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Palmer Joss: What are you studying up there?Ellie Arroway: Oh, the usual. Nebulae, quasars, pulsars, stuff like that. What are you writing?Palmer Joss: The usual. Nouns, adverbs, adjective here and there.
As Ellie runs up the stairs of the observatory after hearing the first audio transmission from space, she runs towards doors with two large glass windows in them. As she opens the doors, a crewman/cameraman is visible in the right window for a brief fraction of a second.
John Hurt (S.R. Hadden) and Tom Skerrit (Dr. Drumlin) were both in 1979's Alien. They both died in each movie as well.