Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Genre:  Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller
Running Time:  135 min.
Release Date: November 16, 1977
DVD: December 3, 2007

Current rating: Rating: 3.67
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Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, Bob Balaban, J. Patrick McNamara


Cable worker Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) and several other stunned bystanders experience a close encounter of the first kind—witnessing UFOs soaring across the sky. After this life-changing event, the inexplicable vision of a strange, mountain-like formation haunts him. He becomes obsessed with discovering what it represents, much to the dismay of his wife and family.

Meanwhile, bizarre occurrences are happening around the world. Government agents have close encounters of the second kind—discovering physical evidence of extraterrestrial visitors in the form of a lost fighter aircraft from Worl War II and a stranded military ship that disappeared decades earlier only to suddenly reappear in unusual places.

Roy continues to chase his vision to a remote area where he and the agents follow the clues that have drawn them to reach a site where they will have a close encounter of the third kind—contact.

Director: Steven Spielberg
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Producer(s): Julia Phillips, Michael Phillips
Screenplay: Steven Spielberg
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  • 5 stars "All time favorite movie, glad to get a second chance to see it on the big screen. Visually dazzling, great story, and great soundtrack."
  • 4 stars "Younger moviegoers won't get it today and the pacing is considered slower, but I still consider it a suspenseful thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat."