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December 15, 2015

Episode 249: Contact (1997)

Special Guests: James V. Hart, William Fichtner, Lynda Obst & Seth Shostak
Guest Co-Hosts: Jamey Duvall & Emily Intravia

After nearly a decade of development, Robert Zemeckis's Contact came to the silver screen in 1997. The film stars Jodie Foster as a SETI scientist who discovers a message from space.

Mike is joined by The Feminine Critique's Emily Intravia and Movie Geeks United's Jamey Duvall. This episode features interviews with actor William Fichtner, producer Lynda Obst, screenwriter , and science adviser Seth Shostak.

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Bonus Interview: William Fichtner

Buy Contact on DVD
Buy Cosmos on DVD
Buy Contact by Carl Sagan
Buy Hello, He Lied by Lynda Obst
Visit the official Carl Sagan website
Visit Lynda Obst Productions Listen to Seth Shostak on Big Picture Science
Listen to Carl Sagan And Ann Druyan's Ultimate Mix Tape on Radiolab
Read Looking back at Robert Zemeckis' Contact by Simon Brew
Read an earlier draft of the Contact script
Read Carl Sagan's letter (politely) telling Warner Bros. their Contact script sucked by Michael Ann Dobbs
Visit the SETI Institute website

Original Soundtrack - Alan Silvestri
"Space-Time Continuum (Heaven And Hell, Part I)" - Vangelis
"Martian Hop" - The Ran-Dells


1 comment:

  1. GEORGE MILLER'S CONTACT. What a tantalizing thought. I had no idea about CONTACT's development hell, learned a lot from your research, Mike!

    Hell, I'd be curious to see George Miller's CASTAWAY or even George Miller's Forrest Gump!

    (I guess USED CARS is the closest Zemeckis ever came to Mad Max territory.)