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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

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Roy Neary, an electric lineman, watches how his quiet and ordinary daily life turns upside down after a close encounter with a UFO.

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Steven Spielberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Shawn Bishop ... Brad Neary
Adrienne Campbell ... Silvia Neary
Justin Dreyfuss Justin Dreyfuss ... Toby Neary
Lance Henriksen ... Robert
Merrill Connally ... 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 »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish | Hindi

Release Date:

14 December 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

CE3K See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,767,758, 3 September 2017

Gross USA:

$135,189,114

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$306,898,466
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(Special Edition) | (Theatrical Original) | (Director's Cut)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Dreyfuss's father was an extra in the film and spent six months on location; however, the scenes in which he appeared never made the final cut. See more »

Goofs

When Jillian has caught up to Barry on the highway and almost gets hit by Roy, the three stars in a row which appear to be Orion's belt that are visible above a tree to the right of the screen repeatedly change position between shots. In the book, however, the alien visitors are, in fact, described as being from the Orion constellation, so those "stars" could very well be alien ships, as, in the book, they use the ships to show where they came from. See more »

Quotes

David Laughlin: Have you recently had a close encounter?
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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 »

Alternate Versions

An ABC television version aired that ran 143 minutes. It incorporated all the scenes from the O.V. as well as all the new scenes from the S.E. This version has never been released to video. See more »

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Soundtracks

The Square Song
(1970)
Words and Music by Joe Raposo (as Joseph Raposo)
Published by Jonico Music, Inc.
Courtesy Pickwick International, Inc.
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Spellbound and groundbreaking classic science fiction picture by the great Steven Spielberg
28 November 2005 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

It's a clever sci-fi in which our protagonist (Richard Dreyfuss) isn't the typical nutty scientific , but an ordinary man who causes a rift with his wife (Teri Garr) and works in a local electrify company . Dreyfuss and a mother (Melinda Dillon) whose son (Cary Guffey) is abducted , contact an UFO mystery which leads to a location where rare events are happening . Dreyfuss is excellent confronting mysteries and bizarre problems that achieves ultimately resolve .

This phenomenal Sci-Fi packs thrills , emotion , suspense and wonderful frames . Impressive images continue in crescendo until the riveting finishing , a long twenty-minutes sequence that is really imposing . Sympathetic performances from the main cast , such as Richard Dreyfuss , Gary Guffey and Melinda Dillon . Cary Guffey's acting was so good that they only ever had to do one or two takes of each shot he was in . He became known as One-Take Cary on the set, and Steven Spielberg had a t-shirt printed up for him with the phrase written on it . Stanley Kubrick was so impressed by Cary Guffey's performance that he wanted him for the role of Danny Torrence in The shinning (1980) .

The picture obtained Academy Award for the rousing cinematography (Vilmos Zsigmond and cameramen William A. Fraker and Douglas Slocombe), Sound effects and was nominated : support actress (Melinda Dillon), music score (John Williams )and other technicians Oscars . Extraordinary soundtrack by maestro composer John Williams ; the iconic five-note melody was a chance arrangement that both John Williams and Steven Spielberg happened to like out of hundreds of different permutations . Fascinating especial effects were realized by specialists as Douglas Trumbull , Richard Yuricich and Dennis Muren . Filming was realized with rigid security rules , circumstances that originated an enormous interest when it was exhibited in 1977 Christmas . Spielberg admired to Francois Truffaut and contracted him to play an important role as a scientific along with Bob Balaban . Truffaut saw as Spielberg directed very fine to children and suggested him that he would make one film featured for them and he subsequently made E.T. Steven Spielberg has stated that absolutely nothing in his life has been more difficult than editing the final 25 minutes of Close Encounters of the Third Kind . This enchanting movie , magnificently written by Spielberg , contains his usual references to Pinocho (Carlo Collodi) , his preferred book . Rating : Awesome , above average.


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