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Arrival (2016)

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When twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world, linguistics professor Louise Banks is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors.

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When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team - led by expert linguist Louise Banks - is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers - and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

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Rated PG-13 for brief strong language | See all certifications »

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11 November 2016 (USA)  »

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Story of Your Life  »

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$47,000,000 (estimated)

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$24,000,000 (USA) (11 November 2016)

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$100,501,349 (USA) (3 March 2017)
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Trivia

As soon as director Denis Villeneuve finished this film, he began work on Blade Runner 2049 (2017). See more »

Goofs

Louise Banks tells Colonel Weber that "kangaroo" was in fact an Australian aboriginal word meaning "I don't know what that is." This is not true. It is an urban legend, which has been debunked since the 1970s. However, in the next scene she tells Ian Donnelly that she knew it was not a true story, and was only bringing it up as a convenient instructional metaphor. See more »

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Colonel Weber: Mornin'.
Dr. Louise Banks: Colonel.
Colonel Weber: [answering a previous question about the Sanskrit word for war and it's meaning] Gravisti. He says it means "an argument." What do you say it means?
Dr. Louise Banks: "A desire for more cows."
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Right after the cast credits, "On the Nature of Daylight" by Max Richter is given an extra credit as the "Beginning and end music" in addition to the usual soundtrack credit near the end of the credit roll. See more »

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Featured in Half in the Bag: Shut in and Arrival (2016) See more »

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Kangaru
Written by Jóhann Jóhannsson
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An extraordinary film.
7 October 2016 | by (San Francisco, CA) – See all my reviews

I saw this last night at the opening of the Mill Valley film Festival. Arrival is unlike any movie I've ever seen. It's about love, loss, tolerance, language and non-linear time, wrapped in a science fiction story about our first encounter with extraterrestrials.

Under director Denis Villeneuve's masterful direction, Arrival takes its time to unfold, but it gradually gets under your skin and commands your attention. The last half hour was one of the most emotional experiences I've had at the movies in a long time. There aren't many movies these days that I would call required viewing, but this is one of them. And Amy Adams is Oscar-worthy in the lead role. In fact, Arrival could also win Oscars for original score, sound, direction and Best Picture.


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