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Close Encounters of the Third Kind
- Richard Dreyfuss

Overview - CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND is Steven Spielberg's extraordinary film about a man named Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) who becomes obsessed with meeting extraterrestrials after encountering a UFO on an abandoned road one night. Against the wishes of his wife (Teri Garr) and children, Neary, along with another witness to the sighting (Melinda Dillon), travels to a mysterious mountain where the government has built a landing strip hoping to attract the aliens.  Read more...

 
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Overview

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND is Steven Spielberg's extraordinary film about a man named Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) who becomes obsessed with meeting extraterrestrials after encountering a UFO on an abandoned road one night. Against the wishes of his wife (Teri Garr) and children, Neary, along with another witness to the sighting (Melinda Dillon), travels to a mysterious mountain where the government has built a landing strip hoping to attract the aliens. Director François Truffaut costars as Claude Lacombe, one of the organizers of the project. Spielberg hoped to follow up the huge success of JAWS with a low-budget film that would be an easy shoot, but, thanks in part to the complicated special effects, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS quickly snowballed into being an expensive endeavor but a commercial and artistic success. No one who has seen the film has ever looked at a plate of mashed potatotes the same way again.

Awards:
1977 - Academy Awards - Best Sound Effects Editing Winner
1977 - Academy Awards - Best Cinematography Winner

Cast List

Joe Alves - Production Designer/Director
Joseph Alves Jr. - Production Designer/Director
Steven Spielberg - Oscar-winning director/producer/screenwriter
Steven Allan Spielberg - Oscar-winning director/producer/screenwriter
Michael Phillips - Producer
Bob Balaban - American Actor/Director
Warren Kemmerling
Teri Garr - American actress, TOOTSIE
Melinda Dillon - Star, DEBATING ROBERT LEE (2004)
Roberts Blossom - American Actor
John Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
John Towner Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
Johnny Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
Carl Weathers - American Actor
Richard Dreyfuss - American actor, JAWS
François Truffaut - Director/Screenwriter/Critic
Douglas Trumbull - Special effects wizard
Roy Arbogast - Special Effects
Vilmos Zsigmond - Hungarian Director of Photography
William Zsigmond - Hungarian Director of Photography
Michael Kahn - American Editor/ MAN CALLED HORSE-CLOSE ENCOUNTERS-A.I.
Julia Phillips - Producer/author--"You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again"
Pat McNamara
Lance Henriksen - American character actor, Bishop of ALIEN series/Millennium
Lance Hendrickson - American character actor, Bishop of ALIEN series/Millennium
Lance Henricksen - American character actor, Bishop of ALIEN series/Millennium
Cary Guffey - Child actor, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND

 
Details
  • Format: Ultra High Def Blu-Ray
  • Run Time: 404
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396496941
  • Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: September 2017

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Synopsis:
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND is director Steven Spielberg's mesmerizing movie about earth's encounter with spaceships and alien beings as experienced by one ordinary man. Richard Dreyfuss is Roy Neary, a man who, after encountering an unexplainable phenomenon one night, becomes obsessed with discovering more, to the dismay of his wife and family. Legendary French filmmaker François Truffaut plays the head of a government agency hoping to attract the aliens to an isolated mountaintop in this unforgettable sci-fi thriller.

Notes:
Theatrical Release: November 16, 1977 The film was shot in India, Alabama, and Devil's Tower National Monument in Wyoming. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND is number 64 on the American Film Institute's list of Americas 100 Greatest Movies. The small, lithe aliens were played by young girls who Steven Spielberg believed were more graceful than boys. A close encounter of the first kind is when a UFO is sighted. Close encounters of the second kind involve the discovery of physical evidence, and close encounters of the third kind are contact with extraterrestrials. Although actor Richard Dreyfuss won the Oscar for Best Actor that year, he got it for THE GOODBYE GIRL, not for CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND. The laserdisc features interviews with Spielberg, composer John Williams, and special effects man Douglas Trumbull, as well as previously edited material. In 1980, Steven Spielberg issued a reedited version of the film entitled THE SPECIAL EDITION. He shortened some scenes and added a sequence at the end showing the interior of the mother ship. Estimated budget: $20 million. When CLOSE ENCOUNTERS was released in 1977, it quickly became Columbia Pictures' most profitable film, eventually taking in $166 million at the domestic box office and $338 million worldwide. Because Spielberg really wanted the story to surprise spectators, he kept a closed set during production and requested that the actors stay mum about the film's content. One working title of the film was WATCH THE SKIES.

Reviews:
"...The best -- the most elaborate -- 1950's[-style] science fiction movie ever made..." - 11/17/1977 New York Times, p.C19


Included in the New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1977" - 12/25/1977 New York Times, p.II:1


"...The only feature to date for which Spielberg has taken sole writing credit, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS is one of his most personal works....The story's primal appeal endures..." - 06/08/2001 Entertainment Weekly, p.53


"...An undisputed classic....It's Richard Dreyfuss's finest hour..." - 08/01/2000 Total Film, p.102


"Where the film scores is in its portrayal of an ordinary man, whose brush with the unknown changes his life..." - 07/01/2001 Uncut, p.140


5 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t remains awe-inspiring stuff that has held up better than the other big science-fiction film of 1977." - 01/01/2008 Empire, p.201


"Steven Spielberg's shining, glowing masterpiece will never wear out its welcome." - 11/06/2009 Wall Street Journal


5 stars out of 5 -- "John Williams’s eerie five-note alien music-language, ending questioningly on the dominant, is repeated over and over again until exactly the right cosmic tempo is found for communication. Another inspired touch." - 05/26/2016 The Guardian


4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he epitome of a truly great film....It is as good as you remember it and serves as a reminder of a time when blockbuster entertainments were still willing to show real ambition." - 08/31/2017 RogerEbert.com

 
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