Top 20 Contact Movie Details

While searching the internet for Contact movie facts, I found some interesting little known details. Obscure enough that most people could miss it, I want to make you a favor by creating ordered lists with the most intriguing hidden details.

Most of them are not blatantly obvious to be observed at first sight, so take your time and read carefully. We have extensive definitions that accurately explain any behind the scene meaning or famous dialogues.

Ellie has never been to Pensacola, so the constructed Pensacola she visits late in the movie uses her childhood drawing, even down to the shapes of the trees, from the beginning of the movie.

Contact (1997) While staying in Puerto Rico, Ellie has a poster of a quadruple system on the wall. She would later see this system when she is going through wormholes

Trivia

I have collected all the famous movie trivia questions with answers from Reddit and other sources. They can be very useful in quizzes or games, or simply to learn more information. Most of the fun Contact details are suitable for kids.

  1. The crew at the Very Large Array where they first detect the signal, has a "UNIX PARTY" badge taped on one of the monitors.

  2. Contains a portion of the song "Moonlight Becomes You", which was written for "Road to Morocco" (1942). Both films were released by Paramount, which also owns the rights to the song.

Easter Eggs

Finding Easter Eggs in movies is one of my favorite hobbies. Hidden objects, characters, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - The map that Eleanor Arroway uses to chart her HAM radio contacts similarly resembles the star map on the Voyager Golden Record (1977). Carl Sagan was part of the committee that chose the items for the Golden Record... he also wrote Contact, the book (1985).
    The map that Eleanor Arroway uses to chart her HAM radio contacts similarly resembles the star map on the Voyager Golden Record (1977). Carl Sagan was part of the committee that chose the items for the Golden Record... he also wrote Contact, the book (1985).
  • The crew has to remove the deflector dish from the ship. The control panels say the dish is controlled by "Subsystem AE35". The "AE-35" is the subsystem controlling the Discovery antenna dish that HAL reported failing at the start of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

  • 1 - William Fitchner's blind scientist has enhanced senses, including superb hearing. The character is named Kent Clark, a nod to the alter ego of Superman, who also has a keen sense of hearing.
    William Fitchner's blind scientist has enhanced senses, including superb hearing. The character is named Kent Clark, a nod to the alter ego of Superman, who also has a keen sense of hearing.
  • When Worf first appears on screen, the score briefly plays the "Klingon theme" from Star Trek: The Motion Picture

Hidden Details

1 - The beach scene at the end mirror the drawing young Ellie made in the beginning of the movie.
The beach scene at the end mirror the drawing young Ellie made in the beginning of the movie.
1 - The radio signals we hear go further into the past as the camera pans out further from Earth. This represents what radio signals might be heard first from afar if contact were ever truly made.
The radio signals we hear go further into the past as the camera pans out further from Earth. This represents what radio signals might be heard first from afar if contact were ever truly made.

Cochrane asks Geordi, "Don't you people in the 24th Century ever pee?" This is a nod to the fact you never see a toilet in Star Trek.

1 - Based on Carl Sagan novel and I got a reference about THAT black hole!
Based on Carl Sagan novel and I got a reference about THAT black hole!

When Picard smashes the case of ships, he breaks the models of the Enterprises C&D both of which were destroyed in battle. The Model of the Enterprise-D also has the saucer section snapped off like how it was destroyed in Generations (1995). See for yourself...

The flashback mirror scene perspective is created with several tricks to create a unique shot..

1 - Jodie Foster records only static in her device
Jodie Foster records only static in her device

The same pattern of 6 stars that also shows in the grains of Dust she scoops into her hand also shows up at the start of the film when her father dies, as 6 pieces of popcorn near the bottom of the stairs in her house.

When news spreads and we see a montage of television shows covering the topic, we are actually in Hadden's plane as he channel surfs, absorbing the world's response.

1 - While Capt. Picard is using a holodeck Tommy Gun to make the Borg dance, gangster "Nicky the Nose" sits calmly background calmly smoking his cigarette
While Capt. Picard is using a holodeck Tommy Gun to make the Borg dance, gangster "Nicky the Nose" sits calmly background calmly smoking his cigarette

The camera records only static as soon as soon as the pod launches

Contact poster
Contact poster

Contact Plot: Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine.

I am pretty sure that you've watched Contact, maybe in a theater near you or on the small screen, but probably not many of the small details have taken your attention. Most of the previous facts are hidden for some reason, but still, there is plenty of randomly forgetten stuff that makes the movie unique and interesting. The more you know, the more fascinated you'll be about Contact and will watch it online, download or stream it again and again.

Genre Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Director Robert Zemeckis
Main Actors Jena Malone, David Morse, Jodie Foster, Geoffrey Blake
IMDB score 7.4