Contact (1997) Poster



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Edited into 

Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012)
Footage from this movie is used.


The Lone Ranger (1949) (TV Series)
Theme song heard in the opening scene
The Twilight Zone (1959) (TV Series)
The Andy Griffith Show (1960) (TV Series)
Theme song heard in the opening scene
A for Andromeda (1961) (TV Series)
Doctor Who (1963) (TV Series)
Star Trek (1966) (TV Series)
Willie jokes about star ships with "laser blasters and photon torpedoes."
The Flying Nun (1967) (TV Series)
Network (1976)
Dallas (1978) (TV Series)
Superman (1978)
Seinfeld (1989) (TV Series)
ER (1994) (TV Series)
Theme song heard in the opening scene
Stargate (1994)

Referenced in 

At the Movies: Air Force One/Good Burger/Cafe Society/In the Company of Men/Box of Moonlight (1997) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Air Force One" review.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Devil Doll (1997) (TV Episode)
"Sounds like the aliens haven't got in touch with Jodie Foster"
Saturday Night Live: Matthew Perry/Oasis (1997) (TV Episode)
referenced on Weekend Update
Kidsongs: I Can Dance (1997) (Video)
Poster is seen on a wall during Dancing in the Street.
South Park: Tom's Rhinoplasty (1998) (TV Episode)
A character says "Did you ever see that movie Contact?"
StarCraft (1998) (Video Game)
StarCraft: Brood War (1998) (Video Game)
Stargate SG-1: Urgo (2000) (TV Episode)
The opening view of P4X884 (and the image that turns out to be a 'snare') is a nod to "Sparks'" Pensacola.
South Park: Cancelled (2003) (TV Episode)
"That's like in that stupid movie Contact"
Tremors: A Little Paranoia Among Friends (2003) (TV Episode)
Around the 15" mark, Tyler asks Burt if he's seen that movie.
Doom 3 (2004) (Video Game)
At some point you'll come across a 'reactor' kinda machine which has 'borrowed' not only its look, but particularly its sound from the 'machine' from 'Contact'. 'Teleportation', 'portals' and the machinery to do it play a big part in the game, again referencing the 'purpose' of the machine in Contact
Film Geek (2005)
DVD and video case are shown in a video store.
The Intelligent Design Movement: How Intelligent Is It? (2005) (Video)
Mentioned by Georgia.
The Exotic Locations of 'GoldenEye' (2006) (Video)
Mentioned in relation to the filming location of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico which was also filmed there.
Happy Feet (2006)
The opening sequence is an "inverse" version of the one in Contact, zooming in from the universe to earth. The soundtrack follows this as well
All Our Variant Futures (2007) (Video)
Poster visible in editing room
Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Laser Lenses (2008) (TV Episode)
Shake mentions seeing this movie
Family Guy: The Former Life of Brian (2008) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
South Park: Pinewood Derby (2009) (TV Episode)
Contact is referenced by name.
Family Guy: Three Kings (2009) (TV Episode)
Stewie compares the plot of Brian's novel to the plot of this movie
Micmacs (2009)
DVD is shown in a video store.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.4 (2010) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Jay in a list of Matthew McConaughey's films
House: Black Hole (2010) (TV Episode)
Opening sequence and certain effects emulate the visual style
Super Eruption (2011) (TV Movie)
Kate says, "Have you seen the film Contact?" and Claire replies, "Why, do you think aliens are trying to call you?"
Warehouse 13: 3... 2... 1 (2011) (TV Episode)
Pete mentions the movie
Conan: The Postman Always Rings Ten Times. What's His Problem? (2011) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned during Fan Correctoins segment
Hank Cochran: Livin' for a Song (2012)
In the Hank Cochran doc, there's a DVD of Contact on the shelf behind one of the interviewees.
Nostalgia Critic: To Boldly Flee: Part I (2012) (TV Episode)
Paw receiving the alien transmission in front of a satellite dish is similar to Jodie Foster receiving the transmission in that movie.
To Boldly Flee (2012) (Video)
The opening sequence is a reference to this movie
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Magical Mystery Cure (2013) (TV Episode)
Twilight Sparkle's dialog with Princess Celestia resembles the scene with Eleanor and her father
Dean Norris Spoils Everything Else (2013) (Short)
Dean Norris mentions it.
Gravity (2013)
During the opening credits, the Warner Bros. shield is white over a black background. This is similar to the opening credits of Contact (1997), which was shown in skyblue and in silence, before the film proceeded to being shot in space, with the first form of communication (or dialogue) through radio transmission.
Archer: Archer Vice: Filibuster (2014) (TV Episode)
Archer says, "They should have sent a poet."
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - The Voyage Continues (2014) (Video)
Mentioned by title
Interstellar (2014)
A larger than life love story between a father and his daughter, also featuring Matthew McConaughey in a main role and sharing a Wormhole as a major plot device.
Archer: Drastic Voyage: Part 1 (2015) (TV Episode)
The machine that shrinks the ship is similar to the machine in Contact.
Honest Trailers: Interstellar (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by narrator
Star Stuff: The Story of Carl Sagan (2015) (Short)
The same star pattern seen throughout Contact (1997) can be seen near the end of this film's closing credits.
Flat Earth & Other Hot Potatoes: Episode #1.38 (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Mark.
Nostalgia Critic: Why Do Good Directors Go Bad? (2016) (TV Episode)
among films on Robert Zemeckis' shit list
Half in the Bag: Shut in and Arrival (2016) (TV Episode)
title is mentioned
Big Fan: Big Fan Matthew McConaughey (2017) (TV Episode)
a poster for the film is shown
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: The Gang Goes to a Water Park (2017) (TV Episode)
When Charlie and Frank are discussing how beautiful the view from the top of the Thundergun Express slide, Frank says "They should have sent a poet." When Eleanor Arroway in Contact is trying to describe the beauty of what she is seeing, at a loss for words, she says the same line.
Phoenix Forgotten (2017)
Josh mentions it.
Rick and Morty: Morty's Mind Blowers (2017) (TV Episode)
Rick's escape plan is a reference to the ending of this film
Fresh Off the Boat: B as in Best Friends (2017) (TV Episode)
dialogue reference: the film where Jodie Foster goes to space
The Public Space: Contact (1997) - A Complete Analysis (2018) (TV Episode)
The movie is the main topic of the video.
Everything Wrong with...: Everything Wrong With Captain Marvel In 16 Minutes Or Less (2019) (TV Episode)
Plot similarity between "Contact" and "Captain Marvel" mentioned.
Claws: Fly Like an Eagle (2019) (TV Episode)
Dean says the Lovestone's private island sounds like the place Jodie Foster goes to in this movie.


Larry King Live (1985) (TV Series)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) (TV Series)

Featured in 

At the Movies: Men in Black/Wild America/Out to Sea (1997) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown in the teaser for the next week's show.
HBO First Look: Contact (1997) (TV Episode)
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1998) (TV Special)
Red Planet (2000)
The opening scene showing Earth and the Moon is flipped footage of the opening scene of Contact.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Matthew McConaughey Performances (2012) (TV Episode)
Palmer Joss is #6.
70th Golden Globe Awards (2013) (TV Special)
AFI's Master Class: The Art of Collaboration: Robert Zemeckis and Don Burgess (2013) (TV Episode)
film clip shown and discussed
Atop the Fourth Wall: Youngblood #5/Star Wars 3-D #1 (2013) (TV Episode)
"First rule of government spending: why build one when you can have two at twice the price?"
Jodorowsky's Dune (2013)
The opening shot is shown and compared
WatchMojo: Top 10 Greatest Astronaut Movies (2013) (TV Episode)
Contact is #8.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Matthew McConaughey Performances (REDUX) (2014) (TV Episode)
Palmer Joss gets an honorable mention.
Anime Abandon: Lily C.A.T. (2014) (TV Episode)
Sage takes a shot at this film
WatchMojo: Top 10 John Hurt Performances (2014) (TV Episode)
S.R. Hadden gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Sci-Fi Movies of the 1990s (2014) (TV Episode)
Contact gets an honorable mention.
WatchMojo: Top 10 First Contact Movies (2016) (TV Episode)
Contact is #5.
WatchMojo: Top 10 Best Robert Zemeckis Movies (2016) (TV Episode)
Contact is #7.
StarTalk: Search for Aliens (2017) (TV Episode)
Clip of the movie is shown
James Cameron's Story of Science Fiction: Alien Life (2018) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown.

Spoofed in 

Family Guy: Da Boom (1999) (TV Episode)
Peter parodies the movie, saying "No words... should have sent... a poet..."
The Simpsons: On a Clear Day I Can't See My Sister (2005) (TV Episode)
At the end of the opening title sequence, the "camera" zooms out into space, past planets, stars and galaxies, like at the start of Contact, except that we also see the green tentacled aliens, shipwrecked.
South Park: Tsst (2006) (TV Episode)
Cartman's face gets a ghost and you can hear what he's going to say just before he actualy does, a direct spoof to what happened to Ellie
The Venture Bros.: Twenty Years to Midnight (2006) (TV Episode)
The alien appearing as Rusty's father spoofs the ending of this film.
Ted 2 (2015)
"No words... they should have sent a poet", upon seeing the field of pot.
Golmaal Again (2017)
The running through the mirror scene.

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