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The Arrival (1996)

PG-13 | | Sci-Fi, Thriller | 31 May 1996 (USA)
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Zane, an astronomer, discovers intelligent alien life. But the aliens are keeping a deadly secret, and will do anything to stop Zane from learning it.

Director:

David Twohy

Writer:

David Twohy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Sheen ... Zane Zaminsky
Lindsay Crouse ... Ilana Green
Richard Schiff ... Calvin
Shane Shane ... JPL Guard #1
Ron Silver ... Phil Gordian / Mexican Guard
Teri Polo ... Char
Phyllis Applegate ... Mrs. Roosevelt
Alan Coates Alan Coates ... Terraformer
Leon Rippy ... DOD #1
Buddy Joe Hooker ... DOD #2
Javier Morga ... Co-worker
Tony T. Johnson Tony T. Johnson ... Kiki
Catalina Botello ... N.C.A.R. Woman
Georg Lillitsch Georg Lillitsch ... Computer Tech
David Villalpando ... Cabbie
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Storyline

Zane (Charlie Sheen), a young, mild-mannered astronomer discovers an extraterrestrial radio signal. After being fired from his organization for reporting this to his superior, he takes a chance on discovering the truth: that his workplace is not quite what it seems to be and a sinister conspiracy is at work. The aliens are keeping a deadly secret, and will stop at nothing to prevent Zane from learning it. Written by vishakbt1

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The greatest danger facing our world has been the planet's best kept secret...until now. See more »

Genres:

Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sci-fi violence and terror, and for brief language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Making of the Arrival See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,806,763, 2 June 1996

Gross USA:

$14,063,331

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,063,331
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color | Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The length of the first signal is 42 seconds. The number 42 is, in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, "The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything", calculated by an enormous supercomputer over a period of 7.5 million years. See more »

Goofs

Zane breaks open a tank of liquid nitrogen. However, in reality it would not spray out at all as if under pressure because it is a liquid, and the vapors would merely escape naturally. See more »

Quotes

Ilana Green: You know, I must say, Zane, I really enjoyed our talk tonight. It's uncommon for me to find someone who can actually grasp the things that I'm passionate about.
Zane Ziminski: Yeah, I hear ya.
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Connections

Referenced in Half-Life (1998) See more »

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Ramblin' On My Mind
Performed by Robert Lockwood Jr. (as Robert Jr. Lockwood)
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Entertaining but with plenty of flaws .......
1 February 2010 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

At least "The Arrival" doesn't fall into the car chases and gratuitous explosions category of sci-fi. It has some semblance of scientific reason, and some pretty original ideas. The vortex balls were an intriguing touch, and the gigantic satellite dish scenes quite effective. It is necessary to suspend disbelief on several occasions, but overall the film succeeds as entertainment. Having the kid along seemed like kind of a stretch as well. If you can look past the faults in logic, "The Arrival" is totally acceptable. If you are going to tear it apart for every little thing, then I suggest you look elsewhere. - MERK


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