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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
IMDb Rating 7.8
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
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
Warren J. Kemmerling Wild Bill (as Warren Kemmerling)
Plot
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. — Mark Deming
Movie Details
Genre Adventure; Drama; Sci-Fi
Director Steven Spielberg
Producer Julia Phillips; Michael Phillips
Writer Hal Barwood; Jerry Belson; Steven Spielberg
Studio Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Country USA
Language English
Audience Rating PG
Running Time 135 mins
Movie Release Date 11/16/1977
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 110
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 1/1/2000
Product Details
Edition Collector's Edition
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 043396094307
Chapters 28
Release Date 2002
Subtitles Chinese; English; French; Korean; Portuguese; Spanish; Thai
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby
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