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Runtime: 150 min

Genres: Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Languages: English | German | Russian | Spanish

Countries: USA

She's known it since she was a young girl, when she would magically connect with distant voices on her father's shortwave radio. She's known it since college, when she chose the search for intelligent extraterrestrial messages as her discipline. She's known it since she bargained for just hours a week of satellite time to sweep the heavens for evidence. And she knows it every time she stares at the countless stars dappling the infinite night sky... Something is out there.

Directors (1)

Writers (4)

Ann Druyan (story)
Carl Sagan (story) and
James V. Hart (screenplay) and
Michael Goldenberg (screenplay)

Composers (1)

Editors (1)

Cinematographers (1)

Actors (120)

Adolf Hitler Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Aixa Clemente President's Secretary (uncredited)
Alex Veadov Russian Cosmonaut
Alexander Zemeckis Major Russell's Son (as Alex Zemeckis)
Alice Kushida Scientist
Angela Bassett Rachel Constantine
Ann Druyan Herself
Anthony Hamilton British Committee Member (as Anthony Fife Hamilton)
Behrooz Afrakhan Middle Eastern Anchor
Bernard Shaw Himself
Bill Clinton Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Bill Thomas Reporter #6
Bobbie Battista Herself
Brian Alston Communications
Bryant Gumbel Himself
Candice Cook Supporter (uncredited)
Carl Gilliard Controller (uncredited)
Catherine Dao Life Support
Christopher Boyer Scientist (uncredited)
Claire Shipman Herself
Conroy Chino KOB-TV Reporter
Dan Gifford Jeremy Roth
David Morse Ted Arroway
David St. James Joint Chief
Dee Dee Myers Herself
Delaney Williams Believer #1 (uncredited)
Derrick Damions Ailing Believer (uncredited)
Diego Montoya School Boy
Donna Kelley Herself (as Donna J. Kelley)
Douglas MacArthur Himself / Voice Through Space (voice) (uncredited) (archive footage)
Elaina Erika Davis Philanthropy bureaucrat (uncredited)
Errica Poindexter Police Officer (uncredited)
Frank Principe Ailing Believer (uncredited)
Frank Silva Army Officer (uncredited)
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Himself / Voice Through Space (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Geoffrey Blake Fisher
Geraldine A. Ferraro Herself
Geraldo Rivera Himself
Gerry Griffin Dynamics
Haynes Brooke Drumlin Aide
Henry Strozier Minister
Hiroshi Tom Tanaka Japanese Tech #2 (as Tom Tanaka)
Ian Whitcomb British Anchor
J.A. Preston Senator (uncredited)
Jake Busey Joseph
James Woods Michael Kitz
Janie Peterson Major Russell's Daughter
Jay Leno Himself
Jeff Johnson Mechnical
Jena Malone Young Ellie
Jennifer Balgobin Dr. Patel
Jill Dougherty Herself
Jim Hild Reporter #5
Jodie Foster Eleanor Arroway
Joey Dente Factory worker (uncredited)
John Holliman Himself
John Hurt S.R. Hadden
Jonathan Adler White House Official (uncredited)
José Rey Controller #8
Joseph McCarthy Himself - Voice Through Space (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Kathleen Kennedy Herself
Kristoffer Ryan Winters Dynamics #2
Larry King Himself
Laura Elena Surillo Cantina Woman
Leo Lee Major Domo
Leon Harris Himself
Linden Soles Himself
Lo Ming Pod Systems Control (uncredited)
Mak Takano Japanese Tech #1
Marc Macaulay NASA Technician
Maria Celeste Arraras Latina Anchor
Marisa Petroro Oval Office Secretary (uncredited)
Mark Bailey Four-Star General (uncredited)
Mark Thomason Security
Martin Luther King Himself / Voice Through Space (voice) (uncredited) (archive footage)
Matt Bennett Senate Observer (uncredited)
Matthew McConaughey Palmer Joss
Max Martini Willie (as Maximilian Martini)
Michael Albala Decryption Hacker
Michael Chaban Hadden Suit
Michael Egan IMC Police Officer (uncredited)
Molly Mueller Family Exchange (uncredited)
Natalie Allen Herself
Neal Matarazzo Kitz's Aide (uncredited)
Ned Netterville Decryption Expert
Neil Armstrong Himself / Voice Through Space (voice) (uncredited)
Pamela Fischer Pedestrian (uncredited)
Pamela Wilsey Voice of NASA
Paul L. Nolan Ellie's Attorney (uncredited)
Philippe Bergeron French Committee Member (as Phillip Bergeron)
Rebecca T. Beucler NASA Public Relations
Richard Nixon Himself - Voice through space (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Richardson Morse Mission Doctor
Rob Elk Pad Leader
Rob Lowe Richard Rank
Robert Aguilar Jr. NASA Controller #2 (uncredited)
Robert D. Novak Himself
Robin Gammell Project Official
Russell Darling Protestor (uncredited)
Russell Sanderlin Sr. Photographer (uncredited)
Saemi Nakamura Japanese Anchor
Sami Chester Vernon (as SaMi Chester)
Seiji Okamura Japanese Ensign
Steven Ford Major Russell
Sunshine Logroño Puerto Rican Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Tabitha Soren Herself
Thomas Garner Ian Broderick
Thomas Reid Senate Hearing (uncredited)
Timothy McNeil Davio
Todd Patrick Breaugh New VLA Technician
Tom Skerritt David Drumlin
Tony Boldi Robert Hand (uncredited)
Tucker Smallwood Mission Director
Valorie Armstrong Woman Senator
Vance Valencia Senator Valencia
Walter Winchell Himself / Voice Through Space (voice) (uncredited) (archive footage)
William B. Kaplan TV Interviewer (uncredited)
William Fichtner Kent
William Jordan Chairman of Joint Chiefs
Yuji Okumoto Electrical