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Scientific Aide To the President
the United States
Science Advisor To the President
the United States
Science Adviser To the President
the United States
ELLIE ... Drumlin said you're been down at Arecibo for the last year.
DRUMLIN (calling back) You're out of shape, Valerian. Drumlin thinks I'm enough of a flake as it is. (then) Look -- everyone here has their little fetishes. Drumlin calls back from the head of the group: DRUMLIN You two coming along or you just gonna do it right here in the sand? Any chance of that died the day David Drumlin was appointed head of the N.S.F. PETER What if I said I could get Drumlin to agree to sell you time in New Mexico? To work for Drumlin. ELLIE But what about your research -- ? PETER This is a chance to be of enormous help to other people's research -- to have the power to be a real advocate where David's got blind spots -- ELLIE But the work -- PETER 'The work,' Jesus, Ellie, can't there just once be more to life than the work? WILLIE climbs out of the driver's side and comes around to get the bags as David Drumlin emerges, formidable and patrician as ever. DRUMLIN (hand at his back) Now I remember why I went into theoretical work. Kent. KENT Glad to have you, David. How's the new office? DRUMLIN Still settling in, really. (looking over the group) Where's Dr. Arroway? INT. VLA CONTROL ROOM - AFTERNOON Kent and Fisher lead Drumlin through the complex; his conservative suit out of place among the jeans and T-shirts; other scientists either smile obsequiously or avert their gaze. DRUMLIN What's that? DRUMLIN So? KENT So... there wasn't any clothes in the machine. She was just sitting there on the floor with her ear pressed up against the Maytag. Listening. EXT. VLA LIVING QUARTERS - ESTABLISHING - DUSK Across a barren patch of desert lies a weathered residential outbuilding, something between a dormitory and a Motel Six. INT. ELLIE'S QUARTERS - DUSK Home. Painted cinderblock, a single star map up on the wall. An old lumpy couch, several monitors along a shelf on one wall that connects her to the control room. Headphones, listening equipment. DRUMLIN (a beat, then) Ellie... ELLIE (avoiding the inevitable) Did I tell you we've expanded the search spectrum? We're including several other possible magic frequencies -- not just the hydrogen line anymore. DRUMLIN Ellie, I should have done this a long time ago, certainly before I left the N.S.F., but I wanted to give you every benefit of the doubt -- ELLIE You can't just pull the plug, David. DRUMLIN It's not like you've given me much choice. I'm practicing listening -- DRUMLIN The point is, this isn't just scientific inquiry anymore -- it's turned into some kind of personal obsession. ELLIE Goddamnit, they are out there, David -- DRUMLIN Then why haven't you detected any signals? National Security Advisor MICHAEL KITZ -- very sharp and serious as death -- steps out of the plane... followed momentarily by David Drumlin. PROTESTERS (chanting) U-F-O-s -- We want to know -- As Kitz, Drumlin and a small VIP delegation make their way in, Local News Reporters thrust microphones in their faces -- "Mr. Kitz, Dr. Drumlin --" KITZ The President will be making a statement in due time; until then we have no comment. INT. CONTROL CENTER - DAY Fisher leads Kitz, Drumlin and the rest of the delegation around the room. DRUMLIN What's the latest? WILLIE Forty-four stations worldwide now confirming the signal, sir. DRUMLIN (to an aide) Let's get some decryption people here, now. Drumlin warns her with a look, which she conveniently avoids. KITZ I'll come right to the point, Doctor. DRUMLIN (dryly) Hope there's a cartoon. DRUMLIN (O.S.) With all due respect, the Hitler broadcast from the '36 Olympics was the first television transmission of any power that went into space. That they recorded it and sent it back is simply a way of saying 'Hello, we heard you --' KITZ (O.S.) -- Or 'you're our kind of people --' DRUMLIN (O.S.) -- It's extremely unlikely that they had any idea what they were looking at. The huddle bursts through a door and out into the dazzling New Mexico morning, revealing the PRESIDENT and her entourage: Drumlin, Kitz, Secret Service, and fighting to keep up, Ellie. To better explain the extraordinary events of the last 24 hours, I'm turning you over to... Doctor David Drumlin. Ellie looks up in surprise. Drumlin doesn't miss a beat as he strides to the podium. DRUMLIN Good morning. A murmur among the press as they notice; the President and then Drumlin as well -- DRUMLIN ... maybe only decades or centuries, maybe much further along than that... INT. VLA CONTROL ROOM - DAY Ellie hurries into the control room -- then stops dead. POV - MAIN MONITOR The incredibly complex geometric pattern we see flashing on the screen will be referred to as hieroglyphics -- but they are like no hieroglyphics ever seen before; chillingly otherworldly, they are the first visual artifact of an alien civilization. The scientists stand stunned and silent. BACK TO SCENE ELLIE What... LUNACHARSKY (softly) In ancient times when parchment was in short supply people would write over old writing... it was called a palimpsest. ELLIE A third layer. A phalanx of officials led by Drumlin, Kitz and the President hurry in... and also stop at the sight of the hieroglyphs. DRUMLIN The only way would be if we had a radio telescope in orbit. On one monitor, a moment from the President's VLA press conference plays over and over -- the moment when Drumlin stepped up to the podium in front of Ellie. Ellie sips her coffee as she walks briskly through the chaos; Drumlin matches her stride for stride. DRUMLIN ... Arrangements also have to be made for the V.I.P.s coming in, mostly religious leaders... ELLIE What? This is absurd, David. We have work to do here, I don't have time to play babysitter to the God Squad. DRUMLIN (low and dangerous) Ellie -- Ellie looks at him in surprise as he grabs her by the elbow. DRUMLIN It's not a threat, Ellie, it's a fact -- if you're not careful, you may find yourself out in the cold very quickly. Drumlin shoots her a warning look; Rank ignores her. ELLIE Well -- DRUMLIN We're continuing around the clock, but the amount of data is enormous. It's difficult to tell when we'll find the key that will tell us the machine's purpose -- maybe tomorrow, maybe next year, maybe never. PRESIDENT LASKER I want to know the minute you find anything. DRUMLIN Of course, Ms. President. We'll keep you fully informed. That's the cue; most of the gathered begin to rise, make their way to the door. As Ellie collects her things Drumlin accompanies her out -- then starts to shut the door behind her -- DRUMLIN The President wants to discuss a few matters in private. They excuse themselves to Drumlin, make their way over. PETER Ellie. ELLIE Peter. Ellie finds Drumlin in the chaos, also on a cell-phone; he hangs up as she approaches. DRUMLIN We've cracked it. In the darkened hall we FIND the U.S. delegation: Kitz, Joss, Drumlin -- and Ellie. Ellie waits for Drumlin to come out; goes after him -- ELLIE David -- DRUMLIN Ellie. Drumlin reluctantly stops; Ellie takes a deep breath. ELLIE I'm asking for your help, David. I want to go. (quickly) They'll need someone relatively young, unattached -- and probably a scientist. As the President's Science Advisor you have enormous weight... I'm asking if you'll support my candidacy. DRUMLIN (slowly) Ellie... you should know that I'm no longer the President's Science Advisor. ELLIE What? DRUMLIN As of three o'clock this afternoon. Drumlin. One candidate is undergoing a psychological evaluation, another is visible via infrared camera in a sensory deprivation tank; another on a treadmill, another sleeping (EEG displayed); we also catch brief glimpses of Ellie and Drumlin. As we MOVE THROUGH the maelstrom we COME ACROSS a familiar face... REPORTER I'm here with Peter Valerian, recently named David Drumlin's replacement as Science Advisor to the President. For Drumlin it's not quite that, but he takes it, stoically. INT. CORRIDOR - DAY Ellie, Drumlin and the eight other candidates, several still a bit wobbly, follow the Commander down a corridor. The discussion continue on screen: DRUMLIN (V.O.) (on screen) ... Drumlin and the rest huddled around a large monitor. Ellie, Drumlin and the other candidates watch in horror. INT. CLEAN ROOM - DAY Ellie, Drumlin sit around a table with other candidates. PROJECT LEADER Normal, infrared, ultraviolet, stereoscopic lenses, digital microchip good for thousands of hours of
Government scientist David Drumlin pulls the funding from SETI. As Arroway, Drumlin and Kitz argue, the team at the VLA discover a video source buried in the signal: Adolf Hitler's welcoming address at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. President Bill Clinton and Drumlin give a television address to downplay the impact of the Hitler image, while Arroway learns that a third set of data was found in the signal; over 60,000 "pages" of what appear to be technical drawings. An international panel is put together to select a candidate (including both Arroway and Drumlin) to travel in The Machine. Drumlin is ultimately selected but is killed, along with many crew members, when the machine is destroyed during a test in a suicide attack by a religious fanatic. Afterwards, a highly secretive replacement is revealed in HokkaidÅ, Japan. Tom Skerritt as David Drumlin: Scientific aide to the President of the United States Jake Busey as Joseph: a religious fanatic responsible for the destruction of the machine and the death of David Drumlin Drumlin fakes his belief in God to get the machine seat). All manner of interesting human characteristics are depicted except one. If you dont
Directed by Robert Zemeckis, its main stars are Jodie Foster as Dr. Eleanor Ann "Ellie" Arroway, Matthew McConaughey as Palmer Joss, James Woods as National Security Advisor Michael Kitz, and Tom Skerritt as Dr. David Drumlin. Despite her commitment to the SETI project and her obvious scientific genius, Arroway is unknown amongst the academic community, and is ridiculed by her former teacher, Dr. David Drumlin, an officious, pompous, arrogant man who has been promoted to Chief of the National Science Foundation and Science Advisor to the President of the United States.Drumlin arrogantly tells Arroway that her research is a waste of time and public money, and shuts down the project. Yet again, Drumlin intervenes, and recommends to the government that they cancel Arroway's lease contract in favor of more legitimate research.Dr. Drumlin arrives at the site with the American National Security Advisor, Michael Kitz (James Woods).While Drumlin pompously tries to direct operations at the site, Kitz chastises Arroway for having breached National Security policy by sending the message around the world.Despite her arguments, Arroway is increasingly ignored as Drumlin takes credit for finding the message and tries to strip Arroway of any authority in subsequent developments.Arroway suggests the machine is an "Encyclopaedia Galactica" or an advanced communications device, while Drumlin infuriates her by suggesting it is religious in nature.Surprisingly, Dr. Drumlin resigns from his government post in order to become a candidate, and after a former astronaut abandons the contest at the request of his family, Drumlin and Arroway become the main contestants for the machine seat. Instead, the committee awards the seat to Dr. Drumlin, who, as Arroway points out, tells them exactly what they want to hear instead of telling the truth.As Drumlin and technicians try to stop him, he commits a suicide bombing, killing Dr. Drumlin and dozens of technicians, and destroying The Machine.
Directed by Robert Zemeckis, it stars Jodie Foster as Dr. Eleanor Ann "Ellie" Arroway, Matthew McConaughey as Palmer Joss, James Woods as National Security adviser Michael Kitz, and Tom Skerritt as Dr. David Drumlin.
Despite her commitment to the SETI project and her scientific genius, Arroway is unknown amongst the academic community, and is ridiculed by her former teacher, Dr. David Drumlin, an officious, pompous, arrogant man who has been promoted to Chief of the National Science Foundation and Science adviser to the President of the United States. Drumlin arrogantly tells Arroway that her research is a waste of time and public money, and shuts down the project. Yet again, Drumlin intervenes, and recommends to the government that they cancel Arroway's lease contract in favor of more legitimate research. Dr. Drumlin arrives at the site with the American National Security adviser, Michael Kitz (James Woods). While Drumlin pompously tries to direct operations at the site, Kitz chastises Arroway for having breached National Security policy by sending the message around the world. Though Kitz concedes this point, Ellie is increasingly ignored by the government and media as Drumlin begins to take credit for her discovery. While being questioned before the committee, Ellie is forced by Palmer Joss to reveal her atheism, and Drumlin is eventually chosen to make the journey. David Drumlin Minister Falsehood usurping truth can never succeed is seen in the life of Dr. Drumlin. When he takes over her accomplishment, the world around her is silent.
Government scientist David Drumlin pulls the funding from SETI.
As Arroway, Drumlin and Kitz argue, the team at the VLA discover a video source buried in the signal: Adolf Hitler's welcoming address at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin. President Bill Clinton and Drumlin give a television address to downplay the impact of the Hitler image, while Arroway learns that a third set of data was found in the signal; over 60,000 "pages" of data. An international panel is put together to select a candidate (including both Arroway and Drumlin) to travel in The Machine. The machine is then destroyed during a test in a suicide attack by a religious fanatic, killing Drumlin along with many crew members.