A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a part-time sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down.
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
One idea tried and later deemed unsatisfactory involved filming the aliens mingling among human technicians played by mimes. Steven Spielberg directed the mimes to move in slow motion so that when the film was sped up, the aliens appeared to be moving really fast while the technicians appeared to be moving at normal speed. See more »
The toll collector says that the toll is is 25 cents. The Indiana Toll Road is a ticket system (the toll is based on distance traveled). This would also preclude the sign indicating the price of the toll. See more »
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 »
After reading all the positive reviews and seeing the 95% this movie received on Rotten Tomatoes, I decided to check it out. The movie was a huge disappointment. The movie progresses at a snail's pace and by the time you get to the big encounter, audiences are bored out of their minds and wish this crap just ended. The story is so poorly written with no emotion or character development. It felt like an amateur wrote this movie. The movie was well directed but that's it. I expected a deeper story from Spielberg. This movie feltso one dimensional with no depth. It also has more music than dialogue which is never good. You can't even say this movie really had a story since it feels completely pointless without any meaning. I was hoping that the aliens would just destroy the entire planet and this film so no one has to waste 2 hours of their life. I felt empty after watching this film and did not get the same emotion from similar films such as E.T.
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