Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind
We are not alone.
Genre: Sci-fi
Directed By: Steven Spielberg
Produced By: Julia Phillips
Michael Phillips
Written By: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Richard Dreyfuss
Teri Garr
Melinda Dillon
François Truffaut
Cinematography: Vilmos Zsigmond
Distributed By: Columbia Pictures
Release Date: November 16, 1977
Runtime: 135 minutes (Theatrical Version)
132 minutes (Special Edition)
137 minutes (Director's Cut)
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $19.4 million
Box Office: $306.1 million

Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a 1977 American science fiction film written and directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban, Cary Guffey, and François Truffaut. It tells the story of Roy Neary, an everyday blue-collar worker in Indiana, whose life changes after an encounter with an unidentified flying object (UFO).


Science fiction adventure about a group of people who attempt to contact alien intelligence. Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) witnesses an unidentified flying object, and even has a "sunburn" from its bright lights to prove it. Roy refuses to accept an explanation for what he saw and is prepared to give up his life to pursue the truth about UFOs.

Why It Rocks

  1. The idea of aliens not settling on earth and fighting but instead communicate with the humans is very original and it is executive very well.
  2. Wonderful visual effects, which is extremely real.
  3. The main protagonist, Roy Neary, is really likable, mostly because he continues to form an obsession with unidentified flying objects.
  4. Claude Lacombe, is also likable as well.
  5. John Williams's score is wonderful as it does fit on each scene.
  6. Steven Spielberg gets an excellent direction.
  7. Excellent acting of Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban, Cary Guffey, and François Truffaut.
  8. The UFOs look amazing, which makes it a unique design.
  9. "We didn't choose this place! We didn't choose these people! They were invited!
  10. The director's cut is even better.

Bad Qualities

  1. Ronnie Neary (sometimes) isn't a really likable character.
  2. There is a shameless product placement, such as McDonald's.


Close Encounters of the Third Kind was the critical success. The film holds an 94% rating based on 65 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. The site's critical consensus reads, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind is deeply humane sci-fi exploring male obsession, cosmic mysticism, and music.". On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 90 out of 100, based on 10 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".


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