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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Directed By: Steven Spielberg | 1977 | 2h 17m | Rated PG

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Steven Spielberg followed JAWS, his first major box-office success, with this epic science fiction adventure about a disparate group of people who attempt to contact alien intelligence.

Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) is an electrical lineman who, while sent out on emergency repairs, witnesses an unidentified flying object, and even has a “sunburn” from its bright lights to prove it. Neary’s wife and children are at first skeptical, then concerned, and eventually fearful, as Roy refuses to accept a “logical” explanation for what he saw and is prepared to give up his job, his home, and his family to pursue the “truth” about UFOs. Neary’s obsession eventually puts him in contact with others who’ve had close encounters with alien spacecraft, including Jillian (Melinda Dillon), a single mother whose son disappeared during her UFO experience, and Claude Lacombe (celebrated French filmmaker François Truffaut), a French researcher who believes that we can use a musical language to communicate with alien visitors. Lacombe’s theory is put to the test when a band of government researchers and underground UFO enthusiasts (including Neary) join for an exchange with alien visitors near Devil’s Tower, Wyoming.

One of the great moviegoing experiences.
– ROGER EBERT

Steven Spielberg’s giant, spectacular Close Encounters of the Third Kind…is the best—the most elaborate—1950’s science fiction movie ever made, a work that borrows its narrative shape and its concerns from those earlier films, but enhances them with what looks like the latest developments in movie and space technology.
– NEW YORK TIMES

The first film in years to give its audiences a tingle of shocked emotion that is not entirely based either on fear or on suspense.
– TIME OUT

A daring film concept which in its special and technical effects has been superbly realized.
– VARIETY

[Spielberg’s] new movie is richer and more ambitious than Jaws, and it reaches the viewer at a far more profound level than Star Wars.
– TIME MAGAZINE

Close Encounters of the Third Kind is unquestionably a great movie.
– REELVIEWS

Years ahead of it’s time in terms of SFX, it’s a masterpiece of wide-eyed whimsy.
– EMPIRE

A genuine work of the popular imagination. It’s the first true populist science-fiction film, a blend of the most startling, far-out special effects with the most ordinary human material of the American Heartland.
– NEWSWEEK