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Close Encounters of the Third Kind -- Universally considered the best film ever made about alien visitation to Earth,  Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind was nominated for eight Academy Awards®, winning for Best Cinematography. Power repairman Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) has an extraordinary encounter with a strange spacecraft while out on a call. Recurring visions of a mountain fuel an increasing obsession that..
Close Encounters of the Third Kind -- A line worker, after a encounter with UFO's, feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind -- A line worker, after a encounter with UFO's, feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.

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Steven Spielberg (written by)
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Release Date:
25 December 1977 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 17 wins & 33 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Dreyfuss ... Roy Neary

François Truffaut ... Claude Lacombe (as Francois Truffaut)

Teri Garr ... Ronnie Neary

Melinda Dillon ... Jillian Guiler

Bob Balaban ... David Laughlin

J. Patrick McNamara ... Project Leader
Warren J. Kemmerling ... Wild Bill (as Warren Kemmerling)

Roberts Blossom ... Farmer
Philip Dodds ... Jean Claude

Cary Guffey ... Barry Guiler
Shawn Bishop ... Brad Neary
Adrienne Campbell ... Silvia Neary
Justin Dreyfuss ... Toby Neary

Lance Henriksen ... Robert
Merrill Connally ... Team Leader

George DiCenzo ... Major Benchley (in closing credits) (as George Dicenzo)
Amy Douglass ... Implantee
Alexander Lockwood ... Implantee
Gene Dynarski ... Ike
Mary Gafrey ... Mrs. Harris

Norman Bartold ... Ohio Tolls

Josef Sommer ... Larry Butler
Michael J. Dyer ... Himself (as Rev. Michael J. Dyer)
Roger Ernest ... Highway Patrolman

Carl Weathers ... Military Police
F.J. O'Neil ... ARP Project Member (as F. J. O'Neil)
Phil Dodds ... ARP Musician
Randy Hermann ... Returnee #1 Flt. 19
Hal Barwood ... Returnee #2 Flt. 19
Matthew Robbins ... Returnee #3 Flt. 19
David Anderson ... Air Traffic Controller
Richard L. Hawkins ... Air Traffic Controller
Craig Shreeve ... Air Traffic
Bill Thurman ... Air Traffic
Roy E. Richards ... Air East Pilot

Gene Rader ... Hawker
Eumenio Blanco ... Federale
Daniel Núñez ... Federale (as Daniel Nunez)
Chuy Franco ... Federale
Luis Contreras ... Federale

James Keane ... Radio Telescope Team
Dennis McMullen ... Radio Telescope Team
Cy Young ... Radio Telescope Team
Tom Howard ... Radio Telescope Team
Richard Stuart ... Truck Dispatcher
Bob Westmoreland ... Load Dispatcher
Matt Emery ... Support Leader
Galen Thompson ... Special Forces

John Dennis Johnston ... Special Forces
John Ewing ... Dirty Tricks #1
Keith Atkinson ... Dirty Tricks #2
Robert Broyles ... Dirty Tricks #3
Kirk Raymond ... Dirty Tricks #4
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bennett Wayne Dean Sr. ... Scientist (uncredited)

Basil Hoffman ... Longly (uncredited)
J. Allen Hynek ... Himself - Smoking Pipe at Landing Site (uncredited)
Monty Jordan ... Special Forces Commander / Helicopter Pilot (uncredited)
Shay McLean ... Speaking Child Extra (uncredited)
Clyde McLeod ... Agent (uncredited)
Carl Neal ... Extra (uncredited)
Monty O'Grady ... Agent (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Agent (uncredited)

Stephen Powers ... UN Observer (uncredited)

Howard K. Smith ... Howard K. Smith (uncredited)

Directed by
Steven Spielberg 
 
Writing credits
Steven Spielberg (written by)

Hal Barwood  uncredited
Jerry Belson  uncredited
John Hill  uncredited
Matthew Robbins  uncredited

Produced by
Clark L. Paylow .... associate producer (as Clark Paylow)
Julia Phillips .... producer
Michael Phillips .... producer
 
Original Music by
John Williams 
 
Cinematography by
Vilmos Zsigmond (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Michael Kahn (film editor)
 
Casting by
Shari Rhodes 
Juliet Taylor  (as Juliette Taylor)
 
Production Design by
Joe Alves 
 
Art Direction by
Daniel A. Lomino  (as Dan Lomino)
 
Set Decoration by
Phil Abramson 
 
Makeup Department
Edie Panda .... hairdresser
Bob Westmoreland .... makeup supervisor
Dave Ayres .... creature crew (uncredited)
Ellis Burman Jr. .... extraterrestrial mask fabrication (uncredited)
Thomas R. Burman .... extraterrestrial mask fabrication (uncredited)
Frank Griffin .... extraterrestrial mask designer (uncredited)
Sharleen Rassi .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Clark L. Paylow .... unit production manager (as Clark Paylow)
Ronald L. Schwary .... unit production manager: additional scenes (1980 special edition) (uncredited)
Baba Shaik .... production manager: India (uncredited)
John Veitch .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Bloom .... second assistant director
Charles Myers .... assistant director (as Chuck Myers)
Matthew Robbins .... second unit director: additional scenes (1980 special edition) (uncredited)
Eric Stacey .... key second assistant director (uncredited)
Jerry Ziesmer .... assistant director: additional scenes (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Sam Gordon .... property master
George Jenson .... production illustrator (as George Jensen)
Bill Parks .... construction manager
Stan Cockerell .... set dresser (uncredited)
David Coleman .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Ralph McQuarrie .... conceptual artwork (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Neil Burrow .... sound effects editorial staff
Gene S. Cantamessa .... production sound mixer (as Gene Cantamesa)
Richard Friedman .... dialogue editorial staff (as Dick Friedman)
Sam Gemette .... sound effects editorial staff
Gary S. Gerlich .... sound effects editorial staff
Robert Glass .... re-recording mixer
David M. Horton .... sound effects editorial staff (as David Horton)
Bill Jackson .... assistant dialogue staff
Stephen Katz .... sound supervisor: Dolby (as Steve Katz)
Robert Knudson .... re-recording mixer (as Buzz Knudson)
Don MacDougall .... re-recording mixer
Richard Oswald .... sound effects editorial staff
Robert A. Reich .... assistant dialogue staff
Jack Schrader .... supervising dialogue editor
Chester Slomka .... sound effects editorial staff (as Chet Slomka)
Frank E. Warner .... supervising sound effects editor (as Frank Warner)
Raul A. Bruce .... boom operator (uncredited)
Ed Golya .... adr mixer (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Roy Arbogast .... special mechanical effects
Carlo Rambaldi .... realization of "extraterrestrial"
Bob Baker .... alien marionette (uncredited)
Wayne Beauchamp .... special effects (uncredited)
Johnny Borgese .... special effects (uncredited)
Kevin Pike .... special effects (uncredited)
Dell Rheaume .... mechanical effects: extraterrestrial masks (uncredited)
Robert Short .... alien designer (1980 special edition) (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Larry Albright .... special consultant
Peter Anderson .... special consultant (credited)
Mona Thal Benefiel .... project coordinator
Richard L. Bennett .... special consultant (as Richard Bennett)
David Berry .... camera operator (as Dave Berry)
Carol Boardman .... animation staff
Eleanor Dahlen .... animation staff
Cy Didjurgis .... animation staff
Don Dow .... laboratory technician
Jim Dow .... model shop coordinator (as J. Richard Dow)
Ken Ebert .... special consultant
Glenn Erickson .... project assistant
Eugene Eyerly .... camera operator
Rocco Gioffre .... assistant matte artist
David Gold .... effects electrician
Joyce Goldberg .... production secretary
Robert Hall .... optical photography
David R. Hardberger .... assistant cameraman (as David Hardberger)
Alan Harding .... assistant cameraman
Jack Hinkle .... laboratory expeditor (as Charles Hinkle)
Robert Hollister .... technician
Thomas Hollister .... laboratory technician (as Tom Hollister)
Paul Huston .... special consultant
Joseph A. Ippolito .... editorial assistant (as Joseph Ippolito)
Don Jarel .... matte photography
Jerry Jeffress .... electronics design (as Jerry L. Jeffress)
Gregory Jein .... chief model maker
David Jones .... special consultant (as David M. Jones)
Kevin Kelly .... special consultant
Tom Koester .... animation staff
Jim Lutes .... special consultant
Michael McMillen .... model maker
Bill Millar .... animation staff
Alvah J. Miller .... electronics design
Harry Moreau .... animator
Conne Morgan .... animation staff
Max Morgan .... camera operator (as Maxwell Morgan)
Barbara Morrison .... effects negative cutter
Dennis Muren .... mothership photography
Bruce Nicholson .... assistant cameraman
Ron Peterson .... camera operator
George Polkinghorne .... mechanical special effects
George Randle .... special consultant
Marcia Reed .... still photography (as Marcia Reid)
Peter Regla .... electronics design
Ray Rich .... key grip
Eldon Rickman .... camera operator
Richard Rippel .... assistant cameraman
Larry Robinson .... special visual effects coordinator
Peggy Rosson .... production accountant
John Russell .... camera and mechanical design
Jeff Shapiro .... special consultant
Robert Shepherd .... project manager: effects unit
Dan Slater .... electronics design
Steven Spielberg .... visual effects concepts
Scott Squires .... assistant cameraman
David K. Stewart .... UFO photography (as Dave Stewart)
Robert Swarthe .... animation supervisor
Ken Swenson .... model maker (as Kenneth Swenson)
Don Trumbull .... camera and mechanical design
Douglas Trumbull .... special photographic effects
Jor Van Kline .... model maker
Robert E. Worthington .... model maker (as Robert Worthington)
Hoyt Yeatman .... project assistant
Matthew Yuricich .... matte artist
Richard Yuricich .... director of photography: photographic effects
Larry Albright .... mothership neonlight effects designer (uncredited)
Peter Anderson .... additional model photography (uncredited)
Peter Anderson .... model and minature electronics (uncredited)
Don Baker .... additional effects photography (1980 special edition) (uncredited)
Thane Berti .... visual effects (uncredited)
Kathryn Campbell .... visual effects editor (1980 special edition) (uncredited)
Leslie Ekker .... animator (1980 special edition) (uncredited)
Gregory L. McMurry .... visual effects technician (1980 special edition) (uncredited)
Mike Peed .... animation photography (1980 special edition) (uncredited)
Christopher S. Ross .... model maker (1980 special edition: mothership interior) (uncredited)
Jonathan Seay .... visual effects camera (1980 special edition) (uncredited)
Scott Squires .... developer: cloud tank (uncredited)
Mitch Suskin .... model maker (1980 special edition) (uncredited)
Robert Swarthe .... visual effects supervisor (1980 special edition: inside mother ship) (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunt coordinator
Denny Arnold .... stunts (uncredited)
Bobby Bass .... stunts (uncredited)
Craig R. Baxley .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Jerry Brutsche .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Steven Burnett .... stunts (uncredited)
Jeannie Epper .... stunts (uncredited)
Buddy Joe Hooker .... stunts (uncredited)
Monty Jordan .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Stephen Powers .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John A. Alonzo .... additional director of photography (as John Alonzo)
Jim Coe .... still photographer
William A. Fraker .... director of photography: additional American scenes
Earl Gilbert .... gaffer
László Kovács .... additional director of photography (as Laszlo Kovacs)
'Fast' Eddie Mahler .... video technician
Nick McLean .... camera operator
Steven Poster .... director of photography: second unit (as Steve Poster)
Douglas Slocombe .... director of photography: India sequence
Peter Sorel .... still photographer (as Pete Sorel)
Pete Turner .... still photographer
Michael C. Butler .... additional photography (1980 special edition: inside mother ship) (uncredited)
Richard E. Cunha .... additional photography (uncredited)
Allen Daviau .... additional photography (1980 special edition: Gobi Desert sequence) (uncredited)
Jim Dickson .... additional photography (uncredited)
Norman Lang .... electrician (uncredited)
Mike Laurance .... camera operator: additional photography (uncredited)
Rexford L. Metz .... additional photography: second unit (uncredited)
Tim Ryan .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Frank Stanley .... additional director of photography (uncredited)
Robin Vidgeon .... focus puller: India (uncredited)
Ronald Vidor .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Chic Waterson .... camera operator: India (uncredited)
Joseph Freyer Westheimer .... additional photography (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sally Dennison .... additional casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
James Linn .... wardrobe supervisor (as Jim Linn)
 
Editorial Department
Charles Bornstein .... assistant film editor
Bob McMillian .... color consultant (as Robert M. McMillian)
Geoffrey Rowland .... assistant film editor
 
Location Management
Joe O'Har .... location manager
 
Music Department
John Neal .... music scoring mixer
Kenneth Wannberg .... music editor
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Tommy Johnson .... musician: tuba soloist (uncredited)
Tom Raney .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Paul Salamunovich .... vocalist: harmonic chanting (uncredited)
Steve Schaeffer .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Jim Self .... musician: tuba, voice of the mother ship (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jerry Williams .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Bill Bethea .... transportation
Chris Haynes .... production driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Judy Bornstein .... second assistant to producers
Charlsie Bryant .... script supervisor
Patrick Burns .... production staff (as Pat Burns)
Colin Cantwell .... technical dialogue
Kendall Cooper .... assistant to producers
Al Ebner .... publicist
H.L. Edwards .... during the filming of all animal sequences, Veterinarian of Gillette, Wyoming was in attendance at all times to aid the filmmakers and the anesthetist in proper treatment of the animals used
Rick Fields .... assistant: Mr. Spielberg
Janet Healy .... production staff
J. Allen Hynek .... technical advisor (as Dr. J. Allen Hynek)
Dan Perri .... title designer
Gail Siemers .... production secretary
Steve Warner .... location auditor
Murray Weissman .... publicist
Seth Winston .... intern: AFI
Noreen Beasley .... dialogue translator: French for F. Truffaut (uncredited)
Norman Brokaw .... production counsel (uncredited)
Norman Garey .... production counsel (uncredited)
Steve Hinton .... pilot (uncredited)
Pat Kingsley .... publicist (uncredited)
Kevin Von Feldt .... assistant: Clark Paylow (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Johnny Mathis .... special thanks
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"CE3K" - USA (informal short title)
"The Special Edition: Close Encounters of the Third Kind" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
132 min (special edition) | 137 min (director's cut) | 135 min (original version)
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:NRC (original rating) | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG | Finland:K-12 | France:Tous publics | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:L | India:U | Ireland:PG | Netherlands:12 (original rating) | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | Norway:12 | Peru:Apt | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Singapore:PG | South Africa:PG | South Korea:All | Spain:T | Sweden:11 | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | USA:PG (Approved No. 25062) | USA:TV-MA (TV rating) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Steven Spielberg cast Teri Garr in the film after seeing her work on a coffee commercial.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the massive mother ship first appears and passes over Devils Tower, stars are visible through hull of the ship in some of the shots from underneath the ship.See more »
Quotes:
Barry Guiler:You can come and play now.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
The Square SongSee more »

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53 out of 95 people found the following review useful.
Close Encounters Of The Incomprehensible Kind, 27 June 2015
Author: garthbarnes-83945 from United States

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This movie, besides being dreadfully boring, suffers from two bizarre assumptions. One, that advanced beings are less aware of how their actions effect more primitive forms. Two, that their forms of organizing knowledge are identical with our own. The first is also found in THE MOTIONLESS PICTURE, they cannot tell scans from weapons attacks, though we, the primitives can. Here, they burn faces, terrorize a single mom, almost burn her house down and abduct her little boy. We are supposed to believe that they are that advanced and are oblivious to the consequences, moral and scientific, of their behavior. The deduction is unavoidable either they are: 1. malevolent or 2. Retarded. On earth, it is an empirical fact that the higher up the chain of mammal life we go, the greater the awareness of our actions on other creatures, not less. Here, as in the MOTIONLESS PICTURE, they tool about kidnapping children, burning faces, planting the image of the Devil's Tower in monkey boys heads which tortures them and causes them to freak out and go bananas. Does this sound like benevolent aliens to you?

The second one we see in the last half hour of the movie. As in CONTACT, where we hear Ellie tells us that math is the only truly universal language. What is the evidence for that assertion? Kant shows us that the forms of unifying the phenomenal into categories like causation, plurality are simply our ways of making sense of the phenomenal world and have not reality outside of our minds. Why would we assume their minds work like ours? Notice that imitation is not communication. No communication occurs in this movie only we play back and they play back. Nothing more than if we played Little Deuce Coupe to them and they played it back to us. What happened? nothing but mindless mimic behavior. The same with the silly hand gestures, what just took place?

Beyond these subtleties, the movie is one of the most boring pieces of crap you will ever endure. The effects have not aged well; as one great reviewer wrote, they do look like lighted ice cream cones. You will not enjoy watching Roy and his family come apart; or Roy turning the living room into a mud room, literally. It is an ugly, boring film. Seeing the little boy and his mother terrorized and then the little boy abducted, sorry, these actions do not bespeak benign, kind aliens. Forgive me, it came out after STAR WARS and it was so apparent to us, at the time, it was an attempt to cash in on that movie. It is just different enough but you get the point. Ironically, Carpenter did the same thing to Steven with STARMAN right after E.T. The movie is not esoteric it is absurd and incomprehensible deliberately I believe. Q.E.D.

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