Close Encounters of the Third Kind - 40th Anniversary

Genre:  Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Running Time:  137 min.
Release Date: September 1, 2017
DVD: September 19, 2017
Blu-ray: September 19, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 4.22
based on 20 votes and 11 reviews
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Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, François Truffaut


After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker (Richard Dreyfuss) feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Producer(s): Julia Phillips, Michael Phillips
Screenplay: Steven Spielberg
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  • 1 star "Boring, even 40 years later"
  • 5 stars "It's a CLASSIC ! So many quotable lines. Loved the original & pull out the DVD often to re-watch it."
  • 2 stars "This is the original. Seeing it for the 2nd time I feel very differently about it. I found it rather silly this time. I thought the actors overacted and the "space" talk reminded me of a hearing test we all took in elementary school. Then I realized that the space creatures actually were a bunch of kidnappers, and that the humans were pretty dumb to hitch a ride with them. The appearance of the awful looking, super thin, spidery creature should be a clue that things will be different. The presence of a bunch of French scientists was to give things an "international" zing, while the group of monks in India faithfully repeating these international-intergalactic tones was yet another feel good trap. The scientists all change into red jumpsuits as a Catholic priest sends them off to their ride with reassurances of angels. While small chubby aliens escort Dryfus into a spaceship where untold horrors may await. The sequel should have been about the little boy, as an adult, telling us all just what went on in outer space. But there wasn't a sequel."