Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters takes the favoured dream of every UFO enthusiast (that the US government has been operating a cover-up) and turns it into a majestic and finally unprecedented adventure story. As early references to The Ten Commandments and Chuck Jones's Warner cartoons show, the film seems less concerned with science fiction than with recapturing the wonder of a child's first experience of the cinema, and the surprising thing is that Spielberg moves into this territory so effectively. There are some awkward touches (Truffaut never ceases to be Truffaut, while some of the comedy scenes are a little overplayed), but they're small price to pay for the first film in years to give its audiences a tingle of shocked emotion that is not entirely based either on fear or on suspense.

Release details

Rated: PG
Release date: Wednesday November 16 1977
Duration: 135 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Steven Spielberg
Screenwriter: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Richard Dreyfuss
François Truffaut
Teri Garr
Melinda Dillon
Bob Balaban
Warren Kemmerling

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Elizabeth A

As one of my first sci-fi movies and as a young girl, I really expected to not like it—but this movie got me good. A timeless classic I could watch again and still enjoy, I'll never forget it.


I remember being a young child seeing this movie for the first time, and it might have been when my sense of wonder was born.  I was glued to the screen with the “woaaaaah” sensation running through my head for its entirety, and have been addicted to Sci-Fi ever since. I can’t tell you how many times my brothers and sisters and I made mountains out of our mashed potatoes after seeing this film for the first time.  And it’s the ability to create that sense of wonder that has made Steven Spielberg such an iconic director over the years.