Contact (1997) Poster


Matthew McConaughey: Palmer Joss



  • Palmer Joss : What are you studying up there?

    Ellie Arroway : Oh, the usual. Nebulae, quasars, pulsars, stuff like that. What are you writing?

    Palmer Joss : The usual. Nouns, adverbs, adjective here and there.

  • Ellie Arroway : Why did you do it?

    Palmer Joss : Our job was to select someone to speak for everybody. And I just couldn't in good conscience vote for a person who doesn't believe in God. Someone who honestly thinks the other ninety five percent of us suffer from some form of mass delusion.

    Ellie Arroway : I told the truth up there. And Drumlin told you exactly what you wanted to hear.

  • Palmer Joss : Is the world fundamentally a better place because of science and technology? We shop at home, we surf the Web... at the same time, we feel emptier, lonelier and more cut off from each other than at any other time in human history...

    [the message becomes audible] 

  • Palmer Joss : By doing this, you're willing to give your life, you're willing to die for it. Why?

    Ellie Arroway : For as long as I can remember, I've been searching for something, some reason why we're here. What are we doing here? Who are we? If this is a chance to find out even just a little part of that answer... I don't know, I think it's worth a human life. Don't you?

  • 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.

  • Ellie Arroway : You know, there are four hundred billion stars out there, just in our galaxy alone. If only one out of a million of those had planets, and just of out of a million of those had life, and just one out of a million of those had intelligent life; there would be literally millions of civilizations out there.

    Palmer Joss : [looking the night sky]  Well, if there wasn't, it'll be an awful waste of space.

    Ellie Arroway : [looking him]  Amen.

  • Palmer Joss : I'm not against technology, doctor. I'm against the men who deify it at the expense of human truth.

  • Palmer Joss : [Ellie challenges Palmer to prove the existence of God]  Did you love your father?

    Ellie Arroway : What?

    Palmer Joss : Your dad. Did you love him?

    Ellie Arroway : Yes, very much.

    Palmer Joss : Prove it.

  • Palmer Joss : The reason I didn't vote for you to go Ellie, was a good reason but it wasn't the real one. I didn't vote for you to go, because I don't want to lose you. Now you find your way home, all right?

  • Ellie Arroway : I read your book.

    Palmer Joss : Here we go.

    Ellie Arroway : You want me to quote you? "Ironically, the thing people are most hungry for - meaning - is the one thing science hasn't been able to give them."

    Palmer Joss : Yeah.

    Ellie Arroway : [humorously]  Come on! It's like you're saying that science killed God. What if science simply revealed that He never existed in the first place?

    Palmer Joss : I think we're gonna need to get some air.

    Ellie Arroway : Oh?

    Palmer Joss : [takes two champagne glasses]  And a few more of these...

  • Ellie Arroway : I work for a project called SETI.

    Palmer Joss : Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence? Wow, that's out there.

  • Ellie Arroway : I've been to Sunday school a few times.

    Palmer Joss : And?

    Ellie Arroway : I kept asking all these really annoying questions like "Where did Mrs. Cain come from?" And pretty soon they asked my dad if he wouldn't mind keeping me home from now on.

  • Ellie Arroway : Occam's razor. You ever heard of it?

    Palmer Joss : Hack-em's Razor. Sounds like some slasher movie.

  • Palmer Joss : [during the IMC's candidates selection]  Do you believe in God, Dr. Arroway?

  • Palmer Joss : You could call me a man of the cloth, without the cloth.

  • Palmer Joss : So I was lying there, just looking at the sky... and then I felt something. I don't know I... all I know is that I wasn't alone, and for the first time in my life... I wasn't scared of nothin'... I mean, not even dying. It was God!

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