PG | | Drama, Sci-Fi
Roy Neary, an electric lineman, watches how his quiet and ordinary daily life turns upside down after a close encounter with a UFO.
The trailer for the 1980 Special Edition was narrated by Percy Rodrigues, who had also done a memorable job narrating the trailer for Steven Spielberg's Jaws (1975).
I saw Bigfoot once!
Farmer: Sequoia National Forest, 1951! It made a sound that I would not want to hear twice in my life.
The train station scene supposedly in Wyoming shows a blue Louisville & Nashville railroad car, a gray with red logo L & N passenger car, and an L & N diesel. none of these with the exception of maybe the boxcar would be in Wyoming.
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."
The Criterion Collection 3-disc Laserdisc released in 1990 featured both the 1977 Theatrical & 1980 Special Edition cuts. The theatrical however held onto the '80 Special Edition shot of a shadowed spaceship flying over Roy's truck. This was requested by Steven Spielberg while overseeing the disc's production. The 1980 cut can only be viewed on players that could have re-arranged the disc's chapters from the end of the disc to earlier on, requiring a 5-second pause between chapters.
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