What's the Difference between Contact the Book and Contact the Movie?

Science Fiction

Contact

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Released: 1985
Author: Carl Sagan

Contact

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Released: 1997
Director: Robert Zemeckis
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In the Book In the Movie
Dr. Ellie Arroway
Dr. Ellie Arroway
Portrayed by: Jodie Foster
Palmer Joss
Palmer Joss
Portrayed by: Matthew McConaughey
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In the Book In the Movie
   Ellie is in her mid to late 40s. Jodie Foster was 35 in 1997.
   Palmer Joss is also a middle aged man. Matthew McConaughey was 28 in 1997.
   This doesn't happen. Several attempts are made to cut funding to Ellie's project.
   The president of the United States is a woman. The president is Bill Clinton.
   The message is coded using a polarity modulation. The message is hidden between lines of a video.
   The message leads to eased tensions between nations. This doesn't happen.
   Three machines are built. Only two are constructed.
   Five passengers use the machine to go through the worm holes. Ellie goes by herself.
   The passengers are gone for only 20 minutes in earth time. It only takes the time for the machine to drop that Ellie is gone.
   The beach they see through the worm hole looks like on earth. Ellie's beach is artificial and looks like a dream.
   Ellie works on a program that computes the digits of Pi based on information from the senders. This is left out.
   This doesn't happen. Ellie and Palmer are in a romantic relationship.
   Ellie's mother and father are both dead. Her mother is alive and remarried.
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The point of the book was completely lost in the film.
22 Jul 2014 Anonymous
Last statements are reversed...in the movie, Ellie's mother is already dead at the start of the movie and her father dies soon into the beginning. In the book, her movie is alive and remarried and it's revealed at the end, who Ellie thinks is her step father is her REAL dad.
20 Apr 2014 Anonymous


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