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.
Steven Spielberg was intimidated by the prospect of asking one of his cinematic heroes, François Truffaut, to play the part of Lacombe. Truffaut liked Spielberg's work and agreed but told him, "I am not an actor; I can only play myself." Spielberg replied that was exactly what he wanted, and Truffaut signed on for $75,000.
They asked me if I'd seen any strangers in the neighborhood.
When Roy Neary is first shown driving in Wyoming looking at maps, the location is given via subtitle as Moorcroft, Wyoming. In the next scene, a sign on the train station can be seen labeling the depot as "Gillette, WY." Gillette is approximately 28 miles WEST of Moorcroft, the wrong direction for someone headed to Devils Tower.
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."
An ABC television version aired that ran 143 minutes. It incorporated all the scenes from the O.V. as well as all the new scenes from the S.E. This version has never been released to video.
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