Thirty years after its release, Close Encounters of the Third Kindremains a beloved film. Morton (King Kong: The History of a Movie Icon from Fay Wray to Peter Jackson) has written the definitive book on this innovative movie by Steven Spielberg. Beginning with Spielberg's early life and career, Morton carefully reconstructs the planning, writing, technical challenges, and creative special effects needed to produce an epic blockbuster. Rising budget costs, production delays, and many other problems would not hinder the tireless crew. Included are new interviews with Richard Dreyfuss and Teri Garr and a complete listing of the entire crew. Morton details how the ships were constructed, what the aliens were made of, and other technologies that were introduced to make the film as realistic as possible; there is also a scene-by-scene synopsis with the effects used. Meticulous research of this caliber is not found in other books on Close Encounters. Fans will find Morton's take informative and fascinating; recommended for all libraries.