Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 17 mins

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Embedded with suspense and thrill, this mysterious sci-fi drama delves into the complex sequence of events that unfold in the life of Roy Neary, who works for a power company the USA. One day, his truck has a close call with a UFO. Soon after, Roy starts getting visions about a place where something magnificent is going to appear. He soon becomes estranged from his family and starts going after the visions. With strange and mysterious events beginning to take place all over the world, Roy might just find himself close to the epicentre of something extraordinary.
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Did you know? Stanley Kubrick was so impressed by Cary Guffey's performance in this film that he wanted him for the role of Danny Torrence in The Shining (1980). Read More
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as Roy Neary
as Silvia Neary
as Implantee
as Implantee
as Air Traffic
as David Laughlin
as Load Dispatcher
as Military Police
as Barry Guiler
as Federale
as Air Traffic
as Radio Telescope Team
as Federale
as Radio Telescope Team
as Federale
as ARP Project Member
as Claude Lacombe
as Special Forces
as Ike
as Hawker
as Major Benchley
as Returnee #2 Flt. 19
as Project Leader
as Radio Telescope Team
as Special Forces
as Dirty Tricks #1
as Larry Butler
as Toby Neary
as Dirty Tricks #2
as Dirty Tricks #4
as Robert
as Mrs. Harris
as Support Leader
as Returnee #3 Flt. 19
as Jillian Guiler
as Himself
as Ohio Tolls
as ARP Musician
as Jean Claude
as Returnee #1 Flt. 19
as Air Traffic Controller
as Dirty Tricks #3
as Farmer
as Highway Patrolman
as Air East Pilot
as Brad Neary
as Ronnie Neary
as Radio Telescope Team
as Wild Bill


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Sound Mix:
6-Track 70mm, Dolby
Panavision Panaflex
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.39:1 (Scope)
We are not alone
Close Encounter of the First Kind - Sighting of a UFO. Close Encounter of the Second Kind - Physical Evidence. Close Encounter of the Third Kind - Contact. WE ARE NOT ALONE
Now There Is More
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Referenced in: Despicable Me 2 (English)
The size of the mother ship is incompatible in different shots. When it arrives it's behind the mountain and a lot bigger than the mountain. When it's in front of the mountain it's no longer bigger than the mountain but smaller or at best about the same.

When the entities are attempting to get into Jillian's house, they pop the floor vent out of its hole and it lands upside down on the area rug. In the next shot the vent is back in its hole, even though Jillian hasn't touched it yet.
This film was partly inspired by an experience from Steven Spielberg's childhood when, without advance warning, his parents rushed the children into their car one night, drove to an area where many others were gathered, and watched a spectacular meteor shower.

Stanley Kubrick was so impressed by Cary Guffey's performance in this film that he wanted him for the role of Danny Torrence in The Shining (1980).

During the dinner scene just before Roy piles on the mashed potatoes, you can hear the little girl say, "There's a dead fly in my potatoes." This was unscripted and almost caused the rest of the cast to laugh. The scene was kept as-is.

The film's iconic five-note melody was a chance arrangement that both composer John Williams and director Steven Spielberg happened to like out of hundreds of different permutations.