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.
When the lights go out in the Neary house during the blackout, the miniature lakes on Roy's model train layout continue to glow in the dark. This was supposed to have been the payoff for an earlier conversation cut from the film in which Roy's son Toby accused his father of stealing his luminous paint, which Roy insisted was not true.
They asked me if I'd seen any strangers in the neighborhood.
Roy's sunburn changes it's degree of redness between shots.
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."
A print of the film screened at the American Cinematheque (Los Angeles) several times features most of the Special Edition's edits, but also includes the Roy's tree-tossing sequence and his climb through the window. What's missing from this version is all of the footage from inside the spaceship.
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