July 11 in Sci-Fi History: 20 Years After Contact

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Jul 11, 2017, 8:30 AM EDT

This is another one of those days in sci-fi history where a ton of disparate things premiered. We're gonna focus on the one celebrating its 20th anniversary, because it really is a favorite.

Team, on this day in 1997, Contact premiered.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis and based on the Carl Sagan novel of the same title, Contact stars Jodie Foster (also Jena Malone as a young Jodie Foster) as a SETI scientist convinced she has found evidence of alien life. Spoiler alert: True! The film has an all-star cast, including Matthew McConaughey, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt and Angela Bassett. And the space travel portion is unbelievably cool.

And anyone who works in film will inevitably refer to this incredible shot with the mirror:

We say again: In your queue of movies that deserve a rewatch, Contact holds up. It won an insane number of awards, including a Hugo Award and Best Actress Awards for Jodie Foster and Jena Malone by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. It made $171 million at the box office. It holds up. Get in there.

Other big premieres on this day?

Outlander (2008)

Dawn of Planet of the Apes (2014)

The 4400 (2004)

Tomorrow: Voyage to the bottom of the Pacific.