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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

PG  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi  |  25 December 1977 (USA)
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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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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 »


Drama | Sci-Fi


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Release Date:

25 December 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

CE3K  »

Box Office


$19,400,870 (estimated)


$128,300,000 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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More Than a Felling
(1976) (uncredited)
Written by Tom Scholz
Performed by Boston
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absolutely not worth watching.
14 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Romans certainly knew what they were saying when they coined the phrase: " de gustibus non est desputandum ". Most of the initial reviews of this aged film are favorable. Several of the later reviews express my opinion - a movie not worth watching. It is a mystery to me that such an outdated product continues to maintain a strong following. But again, " concerning tastes, there is no dispute ". I viewed this slow, boring film from my exercise bike. Pedaling was more exciting than what I was watching on the TV screen. During the first several minutes of the movie, the dialogue was difficult to hear and thus, to understand. The unnecessary noir aspect of many of the scenes- actually, a lack of illumination of the ambiance - made it difficult to see the actors in action. Again, if you like films of this theme, I suggest that you spend your viewing time with something more up to date

  • especially in effects.

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