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  • Winner of People's Award for Best Actress (Jodie Foster) at the 1997 European Film Awards.
  • Released in United States 1997
  • Released in United States on Video December 16, 1997
  • Released in United States Summer July 11, 1997
  • Shown at Hamburg Film Festival September 25 - October 2, 1997.
  • Coppola's suit alleged that the filmmaker came up with the idea for a TV show called "First Contact," about mankind's initial contact with extraterrestrials, in 1975 and had a contract with Sagan to develop a script, but the series never materialized. In 1985, Sagan published the highly acclaimed book "Contact," and in 1995 Warner Bros. struck a deal with the author to produce a motion picture based on his book.
  • Co-producer and "Contact" author Carl Sagan died on December 20, 1996. In April, 2000 the California Court of Appeal dismissed Francis Ford Coppola's 1996 lawsuit against author Carl Sagan and Warner Bros. for a share of the profits from the book and motion picture, ruling that his claims were brought too late.
  • George Miller was previously attached to direct.
  • Jodie Foster reportedly received $7,000,000 for this film.
  • Began shooting September 24, 1996.
  • Completed shooting February 28, 1997.
  • The April 14, 2000 issue of Daily Variety contained the following statement from Coppola: I want your readers to know the falseness of the Carl Sagan lawyer's statement that I sued him "six days after Sagan died" (Daily Variety, April 13, 2000).
  • Released in United States 1997 (Shown at Hamburg Film Festival September 25 - October 2, 1997.)
  • Released in United States Summer July 11, 1997
  • Released in United States on Video December 16, 1997