Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

PG   |    |  Drama, Sci-Fi

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Roy Neary, an electric lineman, watches how his quiet and ordinary daily life turns upside down after a close encounter with a UFO.

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28 November 2005 | ma-cortes
| Spellbound and groundbreaking classic science fiction picture by the great Steven Spielberg
It's a clever sci-fi in which our protagonist (Richard Dreyfuss) isn't the typical nutty scientific , but an ordinary man who causes a rift with his wife (Teri Garr) and works in a local electrify company . Dreyfuss and a mother (Melinda Dillon) whose son (Cary Guffey) is abducted , contact an UFO mystery which leads to a location where rare events are happening . Dreyfuss is excellent confronting mysteries and bizarre problems that achieves ultimately resolve .

This phenomenal Sci-Fi packs thrills , emotion , suspense and wonderful frames . Impressive images continue in crescendo until the riveting finishing , a long twenty-minutes sequence that is really imposing . Sympathetic performances from the main cast , such as Richard Dreyfuss , Gary Guffey and Melinda Dillon . Cary Guffey's acting was so good that they only ever had to do one or two takes of each shot he was in . He became known as One-Take Cary on the set, and Steven Spielberg had a t-shirt printed up for him with the phrase written on it . Stanley Kubrick was so impressed by Cary Guffey's performance that he wanted him for the role of Danny Torrence in The shinning (1980) .

The picture obtained Academy Award for the rousing cinematography (Vilmos Zsigmond and cameramen William A. Fraker and Douglas Slocombe), Sound effects and was nominated : support actress (Melinda Dillon), music score (John Williams )and other technicians Oscars . Extraordinary soundtrack by maestro composer John Williams ; the iconic five-note melody was a chance arrangement that both John Williams and Steven Spielberg happened to like out of hundreds of different permutations . Fascinating especial effects were realized by specialists as Douglas Trumbull , Richard Yuricich and Dennis Muren . Filming was realized with rigid security rules , circumstances that originated an enormous interest when it was exhibited in 1977 Christmas . Spielberg admired to Francois Truffaut and contracted him to play an important role as a scientific along with Bob Balaban . Truffaut saw as Spielberg directed very fine to children and suggested him that he would make one film featured for them and he subsequently made E.T. Steven Spielberg has stated that absolutely nothing in his life has been more difficult than editing the final 25 minutes of Close Encounters of the Third Kind . This enchanting movie , magnificently written by Spielberg , contains his usual references to Pinocho (Carlo Collodi) , his preferred book . Rating : Awesome , above average.

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Did You Know?


The first time the original theatrical version of the film was made available on home video was a Criterion Edition Laserdisc, released in 1991. Before that, the only version available was "The Special Edition".


Scientist 1: Einstein WAS right!
Team Leader: Einstein was PROBABLY one of them!


The plate on Roy's station wagon in Wyoming displays a 44 on the left of the bucking bronco logo. This is not a real plate. The numbers to the left of the logo on a Wyoming plate indicate the county in which it was issued. Wyoming only has 23 counties. The local county number for Devils Tower (Crook County) would be 18. The most likely place he rented the car (Roy is from Indiana, The car has Wyoming plates) would be Gilette in Campbell County, which is 17.

Crazy Credits

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."

Alternate Versions

A final version of "Close Encounters" was released to video in 1998 (and then on DVD in 2001) as "The Collector's Edition". It is basically Spielberg's final 137-minute re-edit of the original version plus some sequences from the 1980 "Special Edition". It contains.....

  • The Neary family's alternate longer introduction.
  • The 5-second flyover of the power company truck.
  • The scientists discovery of the freighter in the Gobi desert is included.
  • The scene where Roy Neary argues with his wife and locks himself in a shower.
  • The Air Force base press conference scene has been restored from the original version.
  • The scene where Roy throws dirt, plants and bricks through his kitchen window has been restored from the original version.
  • This version does not contain the mothership ending from the "Special Edition", and retains the original 1977 end title music.


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Words and Music by
Al Stillman (as Al Stillman) and Robert Allen
Published by International Korwin Corp.
From the Columbia Records album "Johnny Mathis' All-Time Greatest Hits"


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Drama | Sci-Fi

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