Trivia / Contact

  • Actor Allusion: Matthew McConaughey's character is a Christian, just like Mc Conaughey in real life.
  • In Memoriam: "For Carl" before the closing credits. Carl Sagan, who wrote the novel and screenplay, passed away in December 1996, before the movie was released.
  • Playing Against Type: David Morse as a character who isn't a hardass or a villain, but a loving father.
  • Science Marches On: It is now thought that radio and TV signals are not capable of being detected much farther than a single light-year from Earth before they fade into nothingness, meaning the whole plot of Aliens Steal Cable is impossible.
  • Technology Marches On:
    • At one point Ellie channel-surfs and finds a station offering onetime access to a downloadable fantasy RPG game; if you liked it, you could order the full game on a floppy disk.
    • While leaving a museum with Palmer Joss, Ellie receives a message on her beeper. She has to get back to her office because she can't find a pay phone.
    • The way space tech and travel is depicted didn't exactly play out in the real 1999.