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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

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Richard Dreyfuss Richard Dreyfuss
Roy Neary
François Truffaut François Truffaut
Claude Lacombe
Teri Garr Teri Garr
Ronnie Neary
Melinda Dillon Melinda Dillon
Jillian Guiler
Bob Balaban Bob Balaban
David Laughlin
J. Patrick McNamara J. Patrick McNamara
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Steven Spielberg Steven Spielberg
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Hal Barwood Hal Barwood
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Spielberg's reputation is well earnt!

14 years, 7 months ago at Apr 22 3:23
2 votes
"Have you recently had a close encounter?"

Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a miraculous piece of science fiction cinema, and is unquestionably one of Spielberg's many groundbreaking masterpieces created during his youth.

The film also marks Spielberg's first invasion film, with two other equally impressive invasion films to follow years later. Before Close Enco... read more

Building Mountains Out Of Mashed Potatoes

13 years, 7 months ago at Apr 16 5:08
1 vote
My favorite Sci-fi film of all time.
For me, this movie represented the most realistic handling of a story of aliens up to that point in time, (inspiring films like Contact & Signs, both which tried admirably to emulate the "validity" of Encounters). So much so that, at the time, it made it almost believable for me that the idea of extra-terrestrials could be a reality. Also, it was done w... read more

Review of Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

10 years, 3 months ago at Aug 16 0:00
1 vote
Note: The Director's Cut is the version viewed.

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind is not entertainment. It is torture. Despite Close Encounter's legacy, I cannot recommend it on almost any level. Yes, it has greatly impacted culture and films, but this is not entertainment. This is the destruction of a family, a father slowly turning insane, and an overall traumatizing affair turn... read more
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Description: Cableman Roy Neary is one of several people who experience a close encounter of the first kind, witnessing UFOs flying through the night sky. He is subsequently haunted by a mountainlike image in his head and becomes obsessed with discovering what it represents, putting severe strain on his marriage. Meanwhile, government agents around the world have a close encounter of the second kind, discovering physical evidence of otherworldly visitors in the form of military vehicles that went missing decades ago suddenly appearing in the middle of nowhere. Roy and the agents both follow the clues they have been given to reach a site wher ... (more)
Release date: 14 December 1977
UPC: 043396126497
Tags: Sci-fi (54), Aliens (28), Drama (26), 1977 (23), 1970s (21), Adventure (16), Science Fiction (13), UFO (9), Alien (8), (8), Wyoming (7), Obsession (6), Desert (6), Model Train (6), Mystery (5), Conspiracy (5), Usa (5), India (5), Military (5), Helicopter (5)
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