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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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Writer:
Steven Spielberg (written by)
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Release Date:
16 December 1977 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 18 wins & 37 nominations See more »
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Beautiful, extraordinary and beautiful. See more (311 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Dreyfuss ... Roy Neary

François Truffaut ... 'Lacombe' / 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)

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 .... sound 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)
 
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
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)
Chic Waterson .... camera operator: India (uncredited)
Joseph 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
 
Music Department
John Neal .... music scoring mixer
Kenneth Wannberg .... music editor
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)
Joe O'Har .... location manager
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)
Country:
Language:
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 | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Iceland:L | India:U | Ireland:PG | Netherlands:12 (original rating) | Netherlands:6 (re-rating) | Norway:12 | Peru:PT | 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:
Meryl Streep auditioned to play Veronica.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Toward the end of the movie, when Jillian and Roy are at Devils Tower and the mother ship is descending, Jillian has her jacket tied around her waist. The jacket is present the whole time she is hiding in the rocks, watching what is going on the landing field. But in the next scene that she is in, when she is walking across the field to reach Barry, the jacket is gone.See more »
Quotes:
Brad Neary:I don't understand these fractions.
Roy Neary:What's one third of sixty?
Brad Neary:[bewildered] That's a fraction, I don't understand them.
Roy Neary:[using a model train as an object lesson] Alright, let's say that this boxcar is sixty feet long, OK?, and one third of it is across this switch here, alright... And now another train is coming... Now, how far do you have to move this boxcar so that the other train doesn't smash it? Quickly Brad, there are thousands of lives at stake... Brad any answer...
[CRASH]
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Soundtrack:
Love Song of the WaterfallSee more »

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56 out of 79 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful, extraordinary and beautiful., 9 August 2005
Author: TruPretender from Sundance, Utah

Watch the skies, you may see the stars move. Is it your imagination, or did it really happen. Answer to that could go both ways. Three UFOs fly past you while you are on the highway, one bright blue, the other red and blue, and the third bright orange, followed by a small red orbit tailgating it. Was this real, or just your imagination: Either it was real, or you must be seeing things...

Thus is among th many questions asked in the Steven Spielberg UFO classic, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" a film that explores not just the possibility that we are not alone in the universe, but a film that compels us to look inside ourselves and try to find the real meaning in our lives. The story starts when lost pilots planes are being found, except that they have been lost for over thirty years! And in another part of this world, a married man, working for a cable company, experiences a "close encounter" of the first kind - sighting a UFO. Then, he experiences physical experiences regarding a shape and place he has never comprehending before. With a scientific expedition in pursuit, Roy Neary( Richard Dreyfuss) and a fellow "close encountering" Jillian Guiler(Melinda Dillon) try to find out the answer to their questions of why these strange occurrences are happening.

As realistic as it could be, this film transcends the usual alien picture because it portrays the unbelievable as totally realistic and what one wouldn't expect - intelligent life is just that - intelligent, and accepting, of our world and universe. The images in this film light up the screen and make you feel like you are living a dream, with flurry images of light, making one feel warm and gentle. The locations are great too, as they go from Mongolian deserts, to farmlands, to the famous "Devil's Tower" in Wyoming, where the main magic happens.

The characters are what really grab you. Roy Neary, the main focus, is as normal as he can be, what with working for a power company. A perfect fit in the puzzle this movie weaves. Francois Truffaut makes an almost rare appearance in a much bigger role than usual, as an astronaut that is just as fascinated with these happenings as the rest of the civilians. All characters are credible and you just learn to love 'em. The story lines (including family values, what is more important in one's life, and what the ultimate experience in heaven is) are as empathetic as it can get.

John Williams scores a masterpiece with a score that touches all the senses in our subconscious and takes us on a journey with the characters, but on a journey within ourselves, as does the movie, and in the end, you feel refreshed and ready to take on your troubles and strife.

The matter of which version is which is a real conversation piece. As the original theatrical version is VERY rarely seen, one suspects, based on many reviews, that the 1980 re - release is a much better film. But this should not hinder any viewings of this spectacular film.

Spielberg, get back to these kinds of films!

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