An Alternative Guide to Great Movies: Contact (1997) – What’s on

PUBLISHED: 15:32 17 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:32 17 July 2017

Jodie Foster stars as Dr Ellie Arroway in Robert Zemeckis’ thoughtful science fiction drama, Contact. Photo: WARNER BROTHERS

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Spectacle counts for a lot these days but films that tell a good story with engaging characters can often provide a more rewarding experience. Arts editor Andrew Clarke presents a series of idiosyncratic suggestions for movies which may entertain if you are in the mood for something different.

Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey star in Robert Zemeckis’ thoughtful science fiction drama, Contact. Photo: WARNER BROTHERS

Contact; dir: Robert Zemeckis; starring Jodie Foster, Matthew McConaughey, James Woods, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Angela Bassett, Rob Lowe. (1997) Cert: PG

When Contact was released in the summer of 1997, it was a film reaching out into the void, trying to find an audience. It was warmly received by critics but audience were decidedly unimpressed. Regardless of the fact that it was one of the most engaging, heart-warming, thought-provoking movies of the year, it wasn’t blockbuster fodder.

The problem with releasing a movie like Contact in blockbuster season is that it isn’t stuffed full of aliens, spectacular spacecraft and breath-taking laser battles and so audiences feel short-changed.

Jodie Foster stars as Dr Ellie Arroway in Robert Zemeckis’…

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