Top 20 Contact Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Contact facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Contact film message.

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

Contact Trivia

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  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.

Contact Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, 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

Contact 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.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Contact. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

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