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
From the beginning when he took the part of Lacombe, François Truffaut made it quite clear that he was working strictly as an actor, and he had no interest in helping out as an assistant director. See more »
The Special Forces soldiers and their commander do not have Special Forces emblems on their uniforms, they wear a mock up of the 5th Special Forces beret flash with the flag of South Vietnam, only worn in service in Vietnam. 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 »
A final version of "Close Encounters" was released to video in 1998 (and then on DVD in 2001) as "The Collector's Edition". It is basically Spielberg's final 137-minute re-edit of the original version plus some sequences from the 1980 "Special Edition". It contains.....
The Neary family's alternate longer introduction.
The 5-second flyover of the power company truck.
The scientists discovery of the freighter in the Gobi desert is included.
The scene where Roy Neary argues with his wife and locks himself in a shower.
The Air Force base press conference scene has been restored from the original version.
The scene where Roy throws dirt, plants and bricks through his kitchen window has been restored from the original version.
This version does not contain the mothership ending from the "Special Edition", and retains the original 1977 end title music.
It is very rare to see science-fiction movies with more depth into exploring human nature than building up special effects spectacle. 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' is one of those rare movies that combine them both. Well structured screenplay and believable story and situations really help. One can even say that this is the most realistic movie about alien encounters. The film is quite well aged and holds today as the special effects are still effective (although the version I saw in the cinema last night was probably CGI enhanced), it has its tense and eerie moments, well built suspense and of course, to mention again, well developed characters and story.
'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' was real beginning of Spielberg's love affair with aliens and space that has produced many wonderful films and TV-series. If you ever have the chance to see it on the big screen then go for it as 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' is real cinema going experience.
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