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Steven Spielberg followed "Jaws" (1975), his first major box-office success, with this epic science fiction adventure about a disparate group of people who attempt to contact alien intelligence. Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) is an electrical lineman who, while sent out on emergency repairs, witnesses an unidentified flying object, and even has a "sunburn" from its bright lights to prove it. Neary's wife and children are at first skeptical, then concerned, and eventually fearful, as Roy refuses to accept a "logical" explanation for what he saw and is prepared to give up his job, his home, and his family to pursue the "truth" about UFOs. Neary's obsession eventually puts him in contact with others who've had close encounters with alien spacecraft, including Jillian (Melinda Dillon), a single mother whose son disappeared during her UFO experience, and Claude Lacombe (celebrated French filmmaker François Truffaut), a French researcher who believes that we can use a musical language to communicate with alien visitors. Lacombe's theory is put to the test when a band of government researchers and underground UFO enthusiasts (including Neary) join for an exchange with alien visitors near Devil's Tower, Wyoming. In 1980, a "Special Edition" was released. While its primary selling point was the addition of scenes inside the alien spaceship, Spielberg claimed that he also cleaned up some choppy editing in the second act.

  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Country: USA
  • Genre: Drama | Sci-Fi
  • Year: 1977
  • Run Time: 02:25:00
  • imdb Score: 7.7/10 (11,761 votes)
  • Language: English | French | Spanish | Hindi
  • Rating: PG
  • Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr
"To get to the bottom line with minimum delay, Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a terrific movie, with every possibility of equaling the box office popularity of Star Wars."
Arthur Knight - HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"[Spielberg's] new movie is richer and more ambitious than Jaws, and it reaches the viewer at a far more profound level than Star Wars."
Frank Rich - TIME MAGAZINE

"One of the great moviegoing experiences."
Roger Ebert - CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

"The best -- the most elaborate -- 1950's science fiction movie ever made, a work that borrows its narrative shape and its concerns from those earlier films, but enhances them with what looks like the latest developments in movie and space technology."
Vincent Canby - NEW YORK TIMES

AWARDS

Academy Awards 1978
Best Cinematography and Special Achievement Award

BAFTA Awards 1979
Best Production Design/Art Direction

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films 1978
Best Directo and Best Music

David di Donatello Awards 1978
Best Foreign Film

Korean Association of Film Critics Awards 1983
Best Foreign Film

Motion Picture Sound Editors 1978
Best Sound Editing

and more

FESTIVALS

Cinefest Sudbury Int'l Film Festival 2001

Dublin Horrorthon Film Festival 2007

Digital Film Festival 2010

Leeds Int'l Film Festival 2011

Jameson Cinefest Int'l Film Festival 2014

Mito Short Film Festival 2016

Berlin Int'l Film Festival 2017