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Contact
(1997)
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Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:

Orchestrated by:
William Ross
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Warner Brothers Records
(August 19th, 1997)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you want a touch of sentimentality from Forrest Gump and a short burst of brilliant Alan Silvestri action in one early cue.

Avoid it... if you expect a thoughtfully creative score to rival the intellectual nature of Carl Sagan's ideas.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #397
WRITTEN 8/24/97, REVISED 12/17/06
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Contact: (Alan Silvestri) Of all the collaborations between director Robert Zemeckis and composer Alan Silvestri at the time, Contact was the most unique. That would change in following years, of course, but there was a feeling by both score collectors and mass audiences in 1997 that something intangible about Contact was off key. The film takes inspiration from Carl Sagan's novel and outlines one possible, intellectual method of making first contact with an alien species. Religious conservatives took aim at the film, naturally, taunted by the tragic deaths caused by a religious fanatic in the story (as well as the always amusing sign saying "Jesus was an alien!" that Zemeckis was sure to give some screen time). The film didn't necessarily appeal to the pure Sagan fans either, with the adaptation stuck somewhere between the cerebral philosophies of the man and the action and adventure demanded of the big screen show. Jodie Foster's portrayal of the primary character is appropriately cold and distant, and along with the interactions with the alien species at the end of the picture, an ambivalent sense of dissatisfaction about Contact remains. The concept of an "awful waste of space," nevertheless, is one begging for a stimulating score, and despite Silvestri's engaging music for previous Zemeckis films, some listeners hear a disconnect in Contact. There were legitimate concerns raised about the placement of music in the film, especially in scenes without a score track that might have used one. Some cues seemed to offer cliched or nearly inappropriate music. But if you look at the film from Silvestri's perspective, Contact is the kind of intellectual action film that defies a clean-cut score, and when you add in the rather heartless motions of the main character, it's possible that this score was more daunting that most attempted by Silvestri at the time. The rampant fervor surrounding Forrest Gump caused fans to hope for more of the same, and while Silvestri's title theme for Contact is a variant of that score, its frequency is sparse.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 42:30
• 1. Awful Waste of Space (1:41)
• 2. Ellie's Bogey (3:23)
• 3. The Primer (6:19)
• 4. Really Confused (1:17)
• 5. Test Run Bomber (4:28)
• 6. Heart Attack (1:26)
• 7. Media Event (1:25)
• 8. Button Me Up (1:17)
• 9. Good to Go (5:11)
• 10. No Words (1:56)
• 11. Small Moves (5:33)
• 12. I Believe Her (2:30)
• 13. End Credits (7:56)

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