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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

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After an accidental encounter with otherworldly vessels, an ordinary man follows a series of psychic clues to the first scheduled meeting between representatives of Earth and visitors from the cosmos.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Roy Neary
... Claude Lacombe (as Francois Truffaut)
... Ronnie Neary
... Jillian Guiler
... David Laughlin
... Project Leader
... Wild Bill (as Warren Kemmerling)
... Farmer
... Jean Claude
... Barry Guiler
Shawn Bishop ... Brad Neary
... Silvia Neary
Justin Dreyfuss ... Toby Neary
... Robert
... Team Leader
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Storyline

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 Huggo

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Now There Is More (USA 1980 special edition re-release) See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Release Date:

14 December 1977 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

CE3K  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$132,088,635

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$303,788,635
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(Special Edition) | (Theatrical Original) | (Director's Cut)

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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Metrocolor)

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Eliott Keener was supposed to have a role as one of the people being evacuated from Devils Tower, but all of his shots were cut out, except one where you can briefly see his elbow. See more »

Goofs

As the 12 people in red selected by the government head for the mothership, the blond woman is two people in front of Roy, and not wearing her sunglasses. In the next shot, she has her sunglasses on, and is now immediately in front of him. See more »

Quotes

Air Traffic Controller: TWA 517 do you want to report a UFO, over? TWA 517 do you want to report a UFO, over?
TWAPilot: [over radio] Negative, we don't want to report.
Air Traffic Controller: Air East 31, do you wish to report a UFO, over?
AirEast Pilot: [over radio] Negative, we don't want to report one of those either.
Air Traffic Controller: Air East 31, do you wish to file a report of any kind to us?
AirEast Pilot: [over radio] I wouldn't know what kind of report to file, Center.
Air Traffic Controller: Uh Air East 31, uh, me neither.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Mo deng tian shi (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

More Than a Feeling
(1976) (uncredited)
Written by Tom Scholz
Performed by Boston
Produced by John Boylan and Tom Scholz
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Do yourself a favor and watch it!
27 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

One of the original great Sci-Fi movies. A true Spielberg classic! If Star Wars does not hook you on the genre, then this one will. A film that I feel in recent times has fallen off the radar. Visually it's outstanding but what really hooked me was the performances and the story. So fresh and original unlike any movie to date. A very serious and thought provoking movie which is why kids probably wont enjoy it. I also feel that the first 20 min did drag a bit but after that you get sucked in until the very end. This movie is loved by critics but for some reason your average person does not seem to know much about it, which is a shame as I feel anyone who sees it will probably put it in their top 5 Spielberg films of all time. Do yourself a favor and watch it!


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