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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

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Claude Lacombe (as Francois Truffaut)
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Warren J. Kemmerling ...
Wild Bill (as Warren Kemmerling)
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Silvia Neary
Justin Dreyfuss ...
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Robert
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Storyline

Two parallel stories are told. In the first, a group of research scientists from a variety of backgrounds are investigating the strange appearance of items in remote locations, primarily desert regions. In continuing their investigation, one of the lead scientists, a Frenchman named Claude Lacombe, incorporates the Kodály method of music education as a means of communication in their work. The response, in turn, at first baffles the researchers, until American cartographer David Laughlin deciphers the meaning of the response. In the second, electric company lineman and family man Roy Neary and single mother Jillian Guiler are among some individuals in Muncie, Indiana who experience some paranormal activity before some flashes of bright lights in the sky, which they believe to be a UFO. Roy becomes obsessed with what he saw, unlike some others, especially in some form of authority, who refuse to acknowledge their belief that it was a UFO in not wanting to appear crazy. That obsession ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Close Encounter of the First Kind - Sighting of a UFO. Close Encounter of the Second Kind - Physical Evidence. Close Encounter of the Third Kind - Contact. WE ARE NOT ALONE See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

25 December 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

CE3K  »

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Budget:

$19,400,870 (estimated)

Gross:

$128,300,000 (USA)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Near the end of the film, when the crowd facing the huge docked UFO seems to be waiting to see what will happen next, the late honored French pianist and teacher, Odette Gartenlaub, uncredited, stands up from an organ on which she had been playing the 5-note musical "motif" among a number of other organists. She appears near Francois Truffaut, but is not acknowledged and quickly disappears. She was an expert at music theory, which includes the hand signals used to communicate the motif. See more »

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When Roy is stalled at the railroad track, the mailboxes fly open and their contents are expelled (close shot of the mailboxes). When seen from the inside of Roy's truck, the mailboxes are closed. This repeats with successive shots from the inside of the truck (closed) and the outside view (open). See more »

Quotes

Claude Lacombe: Mr. Neary, what do you want?
Roy Neary: I just want to know that it's really happening.
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Referenced in Watchman Video Broadcast: The Comic Con: Part 3 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Chances Are
(1957)
Words and Music by Al Stillman (as Al Stillman) and Robert Allen
Published by International Korwin Corp.
From the Columbia Records album "Johnny Mathis' All-Time Greatest Hits"
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Great sci-fi
3 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Close Encounters of the Third Kind is the story about a man who has a close encounter with aliens. However, no one seems to believe that it really happened except a woman who's son was abducted. They both have a similar vision apparently put in their minds by the aliens, and they set off together to go meet up with the aliens one more time.

I've never been a huge Spielberg fan. Sure, he's made some good movies, but I just never saw anything real great about most of his movies. That is, until I saw Close Encounters of the Third Kind. This movie had me so entranced in the story that the 2 hours and 15 minutes flew by. I'm not even a big sci-fi type of guy. The cinematography, acting, music score, and directing are all top-notch. The special effects, although obviously sub-par by today's standards, were phenomenal when released in 1977 and is still good enough to not make the movie look cheesy by today's standards.


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