Director: Theatrical Release: 1977
Rated: PG (MPAA)
Length: 135 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: Blu-ray Disc
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 Fran?ois 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.;
Roberts Blossom - American Actor
Melinda Dillon - Star, DEBATING ROBERT LEE (2004)
Richard Dreyfuss - American actor, JAWS
Teri Garr - American actress, TOOTSIE
Carl Weathers - American Actor
Warren Kemmerling -
Douglas Trumbull - Special effects wizard
Roy Arbogast - Special Effects
Pat McNamara -
Michael Kahn - American Editor/ MAN CALLED HORSE-CLOSE ENCOUNTERS-A.I.
Julia Phillips - Producer/author--"You'll Never Eat Lunch in This Town Again"
Michael Phillips - Producer
Cary Guffey - Child actor, CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
"...The best -- the most elaborate -- 1950's[-style] science fiction movie ever made..."
Included in the New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1977"
"...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..."
"...An undisputed classic....It's Richard Dreyfuss's finest hour..."
"Where the film scores is in its portrayal of an ordinary man, whose brush with the unknown changes his life..."
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."
"Steven Spielberg's shining, glowing masterpiece will never wear out its welcome."
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."
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."
Academy Awards Best Sound Effects Editing Winner 1977