Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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Director: Steven Spielberg

Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr

     
 

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Steven Spielberg followed Jaws (1975), 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 itsSee more details below

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Overview

Steven Spielberg followed Jaws (1975), 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. In 1980, a "Special Edition" was released. While its primary selling point was the addition of scenes inside the alien spaceship, Spielberg claimed that he also cleaned up some choppy editing in the second act.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Several years in the making and, like Jaws, millions over budget, Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) became Steven Spielberg's second blockbuster, confirming his skills at creating visually spectacular popular entertainment. Blending his reverence for the power of movies with a science fiction UFO tale, Spielberg turns an average man's "close encounter" with an extra-terrestrial into an uplifting excursion into fantastic sights. Unlike in Cold War 1950s UFO stories that posit a threat from outside, Spielberg turns the unknown from an initially menacing force that imperils normality into a universal ambassador of transcendent goodwill, providing an escapist note of cinematic hope during the late '70s cultural malaise. Still, 2001 F/X master Douglas Trumbull's pre-digital age visual effects were an even stronger draw, as Close Encounters moves from initial appearances of space pod lights towards the climactic appearance of the enormous and stunningly rendered "mother ship." Praised for Spielberg and company's dazzling craft, amid reservations over the cardboard characters, Close Encounters became one of the biggest hits of the 1970s, helping financially teetering Columbia Pictures and strengthening the late '70s turn towards youth-oriented blockbusters. Beginning with a 1980 "Special Edition," Spielberg re-edited Close Encounters several times after 1977.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2007
UPC:
0043396212688
Original Release:
1977
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:15:00
Sales rank:
3,444

Special Features

Steven Spielberg: 30 Years of Close Encounters; Close Encounters of the Third Kind making of documentary; 1977 featurette "Watch the Skies"; A View From Above: feature comparison poster

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Dreyfuss Roy Neary
François Truffaut Claude Lacombe
Teri Garr Ronnie Neary
Melinda Dillon Jillian Guiler
Cary Guffey Barry Guiler
Bob Balaban David Laughlin
J. Patrick McNamara Project leader
Warren Kemmerling Wild Bill
Roberts Blossom Farmer
Philip Dodds Jean Claude
Shawn Bishop Brad Neary
Adrienne Campbell Silvia Neary
Justin Dreyfuss Toby Neary
Merrill Connally Team Leader
George DiCenzo Major Benchley
Basil Hoffman Actor
Lance Henriksen Robert
Amy Douglass Implantee
Alexander Lockwood Implantee
Gene Dynarski Ike
Norman Bartold Ohio Tolls
Carl Weathers M.P.
F.J. O'Neil ARP Project Member
Randy Herman Returnee #1 Flt. 19
Hal Barwood Returnee #2 Flt. 19
Matthew Robbins Returnee #3 Flt. 19
David Anderson Air Traffic Controller
Bill Thurman Air Traffic
Gene Rader Hawker
Eumenio Blanco Federale
Chuy Franco Federale
Luis Contreras Federale
James Keane Radio Telescope Team
Dennis McMullen Radio Telescope Team
Matt Emery Special Leader
Galen Thompson Special Forces
John Dennis Johnston Special Forces
Jon Ewing Dirty Tricks #1
Keith Atkinson Dirty Tricks #2
Robert Broyles Dirty Tricks #3
Josef Sommer Larry Butler
David Gilbert Voice Only
Bob Westmoreland Actor

Technical Credits
Steven Spielberg Director,Screenwriter
Phillip Abramson Set Decoration/Design
John A. Alonzo Cinematographer
Joe Alves Production Designer
Roy Arbogast Special Effects
Jerry Belson Screenwriter
Jim Bloom Producer
William A. Fraker Cinematographer
Robert Glass Sound/Sound Designer
Don Jarel Cinematographer
Gregory Jein Special Effects
Michael Kahn Editor
Buzz Knudson Sound/Sound Designer
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
Jim Linn Costumes/Costume Designer
John Loggia Production Designer
Daniel Lomino Art Director
Don MacDougall Sound/Sound Designer
Dennis Muren Cinematographer
Chuck Myers Asst. Director
Julia Phillips Producer
Michael Phillips Producer
Steven Poster Camera Operator
Douglas Slocombe Special Effects
Dave Stewart Cinematographer
Douglas Trumbull Cinematographer,Special Effects
John Williams [composer] Score Composer
Matthew Yuricich Special Effects
Richard Yuricich Cinematographer,Special Effects
Vilmos Zsigmond Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Original Theatrical Version
1. Start [1:35]
2. Sonora Desert, Mexico [9:27]
3. Barry [3:36]
4. The Neary Family [4:40]
5. Close Encounter: First Kind [4:03]
6. In Pursuit [4:18]
7. First Signs [11:40]
8. Dharmsala, Northern India [2:01]
9. Breakthrough [1:42]
10. "I Used to Read Maps" [3:29]
11. Contacting the Guilers [12:38]
12. Noticing Something Strange [12:19]
13. Roy's Sculpture [3:55]
14. Moorcroft, Wyoming Reunion [3:45]
15. Cross-Country Detour [4:22]
16. "We Need Answers" [3:30]
17. Making the Escape [6:13]
18. Evading the Army [6:35]
19. Targets Approaching [3:06]
20. Making Contact [3:05]
21. Cloud & Light Show [4:44]
22. The Mothership Arrives [2:50]
23. The Ship Lands [1:12]
24. The Five Tones [3:25]
25. Returning Guests [4:57]
26. Close Encounter: Third Kind [3:13]
27. Pilgrims [2:11]
28. Farewells [5:51]
Disc #2 -- Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Special Edition
1. Start [1:35]
2. Sonora Desert, Mexico [9:28]
3. Barry [3:36]
4. The Neary Family [5:15]
5. Close Encounter: First Kind [4:09]
6. In Pursuit [4:09]
7. First Signs [9:06]
8. Dharmsala, Northern India [2:01]
9. Breakthrough [5:54]
10. "I Used to Read Maps" [3:29]
11. Contacting the Guilers [8:49]
12. Noticing Something Strange [9:48]
13. Roy's Sculpture [3:48]
14. Moorcroft, Wyoming Reunion [2:31]
15. Cross-Country Detour [4:22]
16. "We Need Answers" [3:30]
17. Making Their Escape [6:01]
18. Evading the Army [6:35]
19. Targets Approaching [3:06]
20. Making Contact [3:05]
21. Cloud & Light Show [4:15]
22. The Mothership Arrives [3:18]
23. The Ship Lands [1:12]
24. The Five Tones [3:25]
25. Returning Guests [4:50]
26. Close Encounter: Third Kind [3:20]
27. Pilgrims [5:13]
28. Farewells [6:18]
Disc #3 -- Close Encounters of the Third Kind - Director's Cut
1. Start [1:35]
2. Sonora Desert, Mexico [9:28]
3. Barry [3:36]
4. The Neary Family [5:15]
5. Close Encounter: First Kind [4:09]
6. In Pursuit [4:07]
7. First Signs [9:06]
8. Dharmsala, Northern India [2:01]
9. Breakthrough [5:44]
10. "I Used to Read Maps" [3:29]
11. Contacting the Guilers [12:38]
12. Noticing Something Strange [14:24]
13. Roy's Sculpture [3:48]
14. Moorcroft, Wyoming Reunion [2:30]
15. Cross-Country Detour [4:22]
16. "We Need Answers" [3:30]
17. Making Their Escape [6:01]
18. Evading the Army [6:35]
19. Targets Approaching [3:17]
20. Making Contact [2:54]
21. Cloud & Light Show [4:15]
22. The Mothership Arrives [3:18]
23. The Ship Lands [1:12]
24. The Five Tones [3:25]
25. Returning Guests [4:50]
26. Close Encounter: Third Kind [3:20]
27. Pilgrims [2:11]
28. Farewells [5:48]

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