Close Encounters of the Third Kind Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 327

Average Rating: 3.1/4

# of Ratings: 531

Theatrical Release Date: 11/16/1977

Language: English

Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure

MPAA Rating: PG

Director: Steven Spielberg

Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, Warren J. Kemmerling, Lance Henriksen, Melinda Dillon

Plot: A blue collar worker trucks stops working while he encounters a UFO and is drawn to a mountain for unknown reasons and continues to hear certain notes over and over.

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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 08/04/2019

Remains the gold standard of first contact pictures.

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Matthew Brady - wrote on 08/08/2014

A fantastic Sci-Fi film with remediable moments.

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Yojimbo - wrote on 07/02/2012

A classic tale of wonderment and associated UFO obsession. Richard Dreyfus is at his most likeable as a young husband and father who develops an irresistable compulsion after witnessing a UFO. This film is a bit of a case of the journey being more important than the destination; I actually found the effects laden finale the least interesting part of the film, but there's some classic Spielberg along the way, most notably the sequence involving the alien abduction of a small boy. A little overlong, but still great family entertainment.

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Just Watch E.T. Again

JLFM - wrote on 08/15/2012

Note: The Director's Cut is the version viewed.

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind is not entertainment. It is torture. Despite Close Encounter's legacy, I cannot recommend it on almost any level. Yes, it has greatly impacted culture and films, but this is not entertainment. This is the destruction of a family, a father slowly turning insane, and an overall traumatizing affair turned into a film. I repeat for a third time, Close Encounters is not entertainment.

The, slightly confusing, story follows a man named Roy, who's life is changed when he sees several UFO flying around his hometown. He becomes obsessed with a strange shape and sculpts it endlessly. He begins to go crazy, and his family is devastated. In a nutshell, that is the plot. And while parts of the story seem …

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What made Spielberg and Dreyfuss a STAR!!

mdtinney - wrote on 09/17/2009

Steven Spielberg is not a director fully appreciated by everyone. Some dismiss his works as mere popcorn entertainment, and believe he is over-rated. But he is not. No one posses the rare kind of talent that he has; to create an unparalleled sense of suspense, to so amazingly capture great child performances, and even more importantly he has the ability to be so versatile. No other director can range from war epic to action film, to vengeance story, to alien visitation stories, to ocean horror, to suspense, and back around again a few more times. And this is one of the many displays of his extraordinary skill to tell a story and keep us waiting. It was the same year George Lucas took us to a galaxy far away, that Steven Spielberg brought them home to us in the greatest movie where aliens …

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