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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

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After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.

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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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Now There Is More (USA 1980 special edition re-release) See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

14 December 1977 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

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

One unused sequence shot for the 1980 Special Edition involved Roy stopping at a gas station while pursuing the UFOs in his DWP truck. Because there was a similar scene involving strange occurrences at a gas station in The Fog (1980), the sequence was never finished and ultimately dropped. It was, however, included in the revised version of the novelization published to tie-in with the Special Edition. See more »

Goofs

As Barry opens the door (just before he's abducted), bright lights are seen moving just beyond the trees. Some of the light can be seen reflecting off the dollies on which the lights are mounted. See more »

Quotes

Barry Guiler: Clean everything up!
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Crazy Credits

Near the end of the credits it starts to reads as follows: "During the filming of all animal sequences, H.L. EDWARDS, Veterinarian of Gillette, Wyoming, was in attendance at all times to aid the filmmakers and the anesthetist in proper treatment of the animals used, and at no time were the animals harmed or mistreated in any way." 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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Space Aliens Kidnapped My Baby!
22 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

Space aliens invade Indiana and kidnap a three-year-old! It is not clear why the power goes out and household appliances go berserk when the aliens approach. It's also not explained why those who have seen the alien ship suddenly become obsessed with a mountain they have never seen. In fact, there is no rhyme or reason to anything that goes on in this unbelievably stupid film. Spielberg has made a few turkeys in his career but this is surely his worst. His script is totally nonsensical and becomes increasingly tedious before reaching an utterly ridiculous ending. It turns out the space aliens are star babies from Kubrick's "2001," except that they have now become creepy toddlers.


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