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Astronomer Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) has long been interested in contact with faraway lands, a love fostered in her childhood by her father, Ted Arroway (David Morse), who dies when she was nine-years-old, leaving her an orphan. Her current work with SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, is based on that love and is in part an homage to her father.

Ever since funding from the National Science Foundation (N.S.F.) was pulled from the project, which was referred to as "more science fiction than science" by some, including her N.S.F. superior David Drumlin (Tom Skerritt), Ellie and her rogue scientist colleagues have looked for funding from where ever they could get it to continue their work.

When Ellie and her colleagues hear chatter originating from the vicinity of the star Vega, Ellie feels vindicated. But that vindication is short lived when others, including politicians, the military, religious leaders, and rival scientists, such as Drumlin, try to take over her work.

After the mysterious messages from space are decoded by her anonymous millionaire donor, S.R. Hadden (Sir John Hurt), the project takes on a whole new dimension, which strengthens for Ellie the quest for answers.

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Who Needs Wings To Fly
Purple People Eater
Spirit In The Sky
Old Time Religion
Boogie Oogie Oogie
White Bird
The Twilight Zone
Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
Over the Rainbow
The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)
Semi-Charmed Life
Angry Days
God Shuffled His Feet
Please Mr. Postman
Broken Wings
I Ran (So Far Away)
The Fishin' Hole
The Power of Love
Low Rider
El Corazon Herido
Oskar Cartaya: Performer
I Wanna Be There
Eliot Sloan: Performer
Seinfeld Theme
Joey Cape: Performer
ER Theme
Brad Roberts: Performer
Dallas Theme
Frank Maudsley: Performer
Love Takes Time
Larry Hoppen: Performer
Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut
Dancing Machine
Hal Davis: Performer
Meow Mix Jingle
Howard E. Scott: Performer
Buy the World a Coke
Bill Backer: Performer
Born to Be Wild
Mars Bonfire: Performer
Reach Out I'll Be There
Brian Holland: Performer
The Fishin' Hole
Brian Holland: Performer
My Guy
Smokey Robinson: Performer
Surfin' U.S.A.
Brian Wilson: Performer
The Twilight Zone Theme
Brian Wilson: Performer
Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini
Paul Vance: Performer
Funeral March of a Marionette
Paul Vance: Performer
Volare (Nel blu dipinto di blu)
Domenico Modugno: Performer
Catch a Falling Star
Paul Vance: Performer
You Are My Lucky Star
Nacio Herb Brown: Performer
The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)
Harold Arlen: Performer
Happy Days Are Here Again
Milton Ager: Performer
Darktown Strutters' Ball
Shelton Brooks: Performer

User reviews

William Thomas

The soundtrack of Contact truly captures the emotional depth and intensity of Dr. Ellie Arroway's journey to connect with faraway lands, evoking a sense of wonder and curiosity that resonates with the core themes of the film.

Charles Moore

The use of music in Contact often felt overpowering and distracting, overshadowing key moments of scientific discovery and personal introspection. Instead of complementing the narrative, the soundtrack seemed to compete for attention, disrupting the overall viewing experience.

Timothy Clark

The musical score enhances the sense of mystery and awe surrounding the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, creating a hauntingly beautiful backdrop for the exploration of the unknown and the limitless possibilities of the universe.

Edward Wright

The way the music swells and crescendos during pivotal moments in the film, such as when the messages from space are decoded, adds a sense of grandeur and epic scale to the story, elevating the emotional impact of the narrative and immersing the audience in Ellie's quest for answers and connection.

Deborah Thomas

The emotional resonance of the music enhances the impact of pivotal scenes, such as Ellie's first contact with the extraterrestrial beings.

Ashley Walker

The soundtrack seamlessly integrates with the visuals, enhancing the overall cinematic experience for the audience.

Amanda Wright

The use of atmospheric and ethereal sounds in the soundtrack mirrors the vastness and mystery of the cosmos explored in the film.

Paul Garcia

The orchestral arrangements in the soundtrack perfectly complement the film's themes of loss, longing, and the enduring bond between Ellie and her late father, adding a layer of poignancy and depth to their relationship that is both touching and heartfelt.

Kenneth Anderson

The soundtrack for Contact failed to capture the emotional depth and complexity of Dr. Ellie Arroway's personal journey. The music felt generic and uninspired, lacking the nuanced melodies and themes that could have enhanced the storytelling.

Karen Roberts

The orchestral arrangements in the soundtrack create a sense of grandeur and scale that complements the themes of the movie.

Deborah Gonzalez

The soundtrack effectively builds tension and suspense during key moments in the film, keeping the audience engaged.

Deborah Lopez

The soundtrack of Contact effectively captures the sense of wonder and curiosity associated with space exploration.

Paul Roberts

The variety of musical styles and motifs in the soundtrack adds depth and complexity to the storytelling in Contact.

Sarah Brown

Overall, the soundtrack of Contact is a powerful and evocative accompaniment to the film's themes of exploration, discovery, and the search for meaning in the universe.

Ashley Smith

The music enhances the emotional depth of Ellie's character, particularly her connection to her father and her passion for scientific discovery.

Linda Rodriguez

The incorporation of electronic elements in the music adds a modern and futuristic touch to the overall sound of the soundtrack.