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* A special mention goes to the film's introduction. See it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsTBbAMikPQ here]].

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* A special mention goes to the film's introduction. See it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsTBbAMikPQ here]].here]].
* Believe it or not, this movie is on Creator/RogerEbert's Great Movie list.


* For such a low-key film, John Hurt's role as [[{{Fiction 500}} reclusive trillionaire]] [[UnclePennybags S.R.Haddon]] in ''Contact'' is pure [[LargeHam hammy]] [=CMoA=], stealing the movie despite [[OneSceneWonder only getting two scenes]]. Any of his lines would qualify, but his last ones are particularly good:
-->"First rule in government spending: [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup why build one when you can have two at twice the price]]? Only, this one can be kept secret. Controlled by Americans, built by the Japanese subcontractors. Who also [[ThePlan happen to be]] recently acquired, wholly-owned subsidiaries of Haddon Industries. They still want an American to go, Doctor. [[ChewingTheScenery Wanna take a ride?]]"

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* For such a low-key film, John Hurt's role as [[{{Fiction 500}} reclusive trillionaire]] [[UnclePennybags S.R.Haddon]] Hadden]] in ''Contact'' is pure [[LargeHam hammy]] [=CMoA=], stealing the movie despite [[OneSceneWonder only getting two scenes]]. Any of his lines would qualify, but his last ones are particularly good:
-->"First rule in government spending: [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup why build one when you can have two at twice the price]]? Only, this one can be kept secret. Controlled by Americans, built by the Japanese subcontractors. Who also [[ThePlan happen to be]] recently acquired, wholly-owned subsidiaries of Haddon Hadden Industries. They still want an American to go, Doctor. [[ChewingTheScenery Wanna take a ride?]]"

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** Boosted by the fact that they superimposed Jena Malone's (young Ellie) face over Jodie Foster's.


** The Final Reveal on whether or not Arroway really did meet the aliens:
-->"I was especially interested in the section on Arroway's video unit. The one that recorded the static...The fact it recorded static isn't what interests me...What interests me is that it recorded approximately eighteen hours of it."

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** * The Final Reveal on whether or not Arroway really did meet the aliens:
-->"I was especially interested in the section on Arroway's video unit. The one that recorded the static... The fact it recorded static isn't what interests me...me... What interests me is that it recorded approximately [[WhamLine eighteen hours of it.it]]."


--> '''Palmer Joss:''' [pause] As a person of faith I'm bound by a different covenant than Doctor Arroway. But our goal is one and the same: the pursuit of Truth. I for one ''believe her''.

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--> '''Palmer Joss:''' [pause] As a person of faith I'm bound by a different covenant than Doctor Arroway. But our goal is one and the same: the pursuit of Truth. I for one ''believe her''.her''.
* A special mention goes to the film's introduction. See it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsTBbAMikPQ here]].

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--> No words, no words...they should have sent a poet...
** This is somewhat subverted by the fact that if you've been paying attention to the set dressing, every scene she's shown after entering the second wormhole comes from her own memories. They are all from posters she's had up in her quarters or workplaces. Amazing visuals, and amazing acting, though.


--> '''Palmer Joss:''' [pause] As a person of faith I'm bound by a different covenant than Doctor Arroway. But our goal is one and the same: the pursuit of Truth. I for one believe her.

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--> '''Palmer Joss:''' [pause] As a person of faith I'm bound by a different covenant than Doctor Arroway. But our goal is one and the same: the pursuit of Truth. I for one believe her.''believe her''.


* The childlike awe on Elenore Arroway's face as she perceives the Milky Way galaxy ''from the outside'', and weepingly repeats to herself, "They should have sent a poet!"

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* The childlike awe on Elenore Arroway's face as she perceives the Milky Way galaxy ''from the outside'', looking in at a newly forming planetary system, and weepingly repeats to herself, "They should have sent a poet!""I had no idea...I had no idea..."


-->"First rule in government spending: [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup why build one when you can have two at twice the price]]? Only, this one can be kept secret. Controlled by Americans, built by the Japanese subcontractors. Who also [[XanatosGambit happen to be]] recently acquired, wholly-owned subsidiaries of Haddon Industries. They still want an American to go, Doctor. [[ChewingTheScenery Wanna take a ride?]]"

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-->"First rule in government spending: [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup why build one when you can have two at twice the price]]? Only, this one can be kept secret. Controlled by Americans, built by the Japanese subcontractors. Who also [[XanatosGambit [[ThePlan happen to be]] recently acquired, wholly-owned subsidiaries of Haddon Industries. They still want an American to go, Doctor. [[ChewingTheScenery Wanna take a ride?]]"


* News Reporters: Reverend Joss! Reverend Joss, what do you believe? What do you believe?
-->Palmer Joss: [pause] As a person of faith I'm bound by a different covenant than Doctor Arroway. But our goal is one and the same: the pursuit of Truth. I for one believe her.

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* News Reporters: *
--> '''News Reporters:'''
Reverend Joss! Reverend Joss, what do you believe? What do you believe?
-->Palmer Joss: --> '''Palmer Joss:''' [pause] As a person of faith I'm bound by a different covenant than Doctor Arroway. But our goal is one and the same: the pursuit of Truth. I for one believe her.


Palmer Joss: [pause] As a person of faith I'm bound by a different covenant than Doctor Arroway. But our goal is one and the same: the pursuit of Truth. I for one believe her.

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Palmer -->Palmer Joss: [pause] As a person of faith I'm bound by a different covenant than Doctor Arroway. But our goal is one and the same: the pursuit of Truth. I for one believe her.


* For such a low-key film, John Hurt's role as [[{{Fiction 500}} reclusive trillionaire]] [[UnclePennybags S.R.Haddon]] in ''Contact'' is pure [[LargeHam hammy]] [=CMoA=], stealing the movie despite [[OneSceneWonder only getting two scenes]]. Any of his lines would qualify, but ThisTroper's favorite has to be his last ones:

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* For such a low-key film, John Hurt's role as [[{{Fiction 500}} reclusive trillionaire]] [[UnclePennybags S.R.Haddon]] in ''Contact'' is pure [[LargeHam hammy]] [=CMoA=], stealing the movie despite [[OneSceneWonder only getting two scenes]]. Any of his lines would qualify, but ThisTroper's favorite has to be his last ones:ones are particularly good:

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* News Reporters: Reverend Joss! Reverend Joss, what do you believe? What do you believe?
Palmer Joss: [pause] As a person of faith I'm bound by a different covenant than Doctor Arroway. But our goal is one and the same: the pursuit of Truth. I for one believe her.

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* The childlike awe on Elenore Arroway's face as she perceives the Milky Way galaxy ''from the outside'', and weepingly repeats to herself, "They should have sent a poet!"


-->"First rule in government spending: [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup why build one when you can have two at twice the price]]? Only, this one can be kept secret. Controlled by Americans, built by the Japanese subcontractors. Who also [[XanatosGambit happen to be]] recently acquired, wholly-owned subsidiaries of Haddon Industries. They still want an American to go, Doctor. [[FeedMe Wanna take a ride?]]"

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-->"First rule in government spending: [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup why build one when you can have two at twice the price]]? Only, this one can be kept secret. Controlled by Americans, built by the Japanese subcontractors. Who also [[XanatosGambit happen to be]] recently acquired, wholly-owned subsidiaries of Haddon Industries. They still want an American to go, Doctor. [[FeedMe [[ChewingTheScenery Wanna take a ride?]]"

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