Date created: April 2010
Release date 1997
Duration 153 min
Producer(s) Steven J. Boyd, Joan Bradshaw, Ann Druyan...more
Director(s) Robert Zemeckis...more
Writer(s) Carl Sagan, Carl Sagan, Ann Druyan...more
Cast Jena Malone, David Morse, Jodie Foster...more
My coalition's phone lines have been flooded with calls from concerned families, wondering if this message signifies the end of the world or the advent of the rapture. We feel that U.S. policy in this matter wants to be extremely conservative - if there's any chance of danger or threat to our way of life perhaps the message and its contents should simply be disregarded.
Mrs. Constantine? May I have a word with you?
Um, I have a big problem.
Uh, do you know where I can find like a really great dress?
If you were to meet these Vegans, and were permitted only one question to ask of them, what would it be?
Well, I suppose it would be, how did you do it? How did you evolve, how did you survive this technological adolescence without destroying yourself?
Why did you do it?
Our job was to select someone to speak for everybody. And I just couldn't in good conscience vote for a person who doesn't believe in God. Someone who honestly thinks the other ninety five percent of us suffer from some form of mass delusion.
I told the truth up there. And Drumlin told you exactly what you wanted to hear.
So what's more likely? That an all-powerful, mysterious God created the Universe, and decided not to give any proof of his existence? Or, that He simply doesn't exist at all, and that we created Him, so that we wouldn't have to feel so small and alone?
[Witnessing a celestial light show up close]
Some celestial event. No - no words. No words to describe it. Poetry! They should've sent a poet. So beautiful. So beautiful... I had no idea.
Is the world fundamentally a better place because of science and technology? We shop at home, we surf the Web... at the same time, we feel emptier, lonelier and more cut off from each other than at any other time in human history... [the message becomes audible]