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      Close Encounters of the Third Kind

      PG Released Nov 16, 1977 2 hr. 15 min. Sci-Fi TRAILER for Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Trailer 1 List
      90% 113 Reviews Tomatometer 85% 100,000+ Ratings Audience Score 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. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered May 07 Buy Now

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      Close Encounters of the Third Kind is deeply humane sci-fi exploring male obsession, cosmic mysticism, and music.

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      REBECCA KAISER Forgot how much I liked that movie! Speilberg at his best!! I took my grandkids 11 and 6 they both fell asleep for the last 10 minutes!!! I tried to wake them but they were out!! I promised them we would find the movie and watch it again so they could see the ending! EPIC Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/14/22 Full Review Ann B I hope you show more classics. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/12/22 Full Review Sachin E Apart from the amazing cinematography and visual effects, there isn't much in the film. Storyline is mid, characters and dialogues are not well written and the several cringe moments make it less appealing. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 04/13/24 Full Review Trending Right Now 2 Fantastic movie with a great cast and doesn't age, I think Steven Spielberg knows something as The movie very much could be of today. It is a must for any sci-fi buff Or even just family viewing. For 1978 Special effects are absolutely fantastic and movies of today, don't come anywhere close. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/29/24 Full Review Raphaël While it might seem a bit outdated nowadays, this movie is an absolute sci-fi masterpiece. It is a movie about mundane humans making an almost mystical experience. Over the course of the movie, we go from expectation to amazement while witnessing unwilling witness of UFO encounters. All of this makes the movie believable, pulling the audience through a plot that reaches a sublime climax without ever going over the top. The theater version is awesome and the director's cut is even better. It's among my top 10 sci-fi movies. A must see Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/06/24 Full Review Brianna B Meh, just not a movie for me Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/24 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Official Clip - Roy's Mashed Potatoes Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Official Clip - Roy's Mashed Potatoes 2:13 Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Official Clip - Roy Leaves Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Official Clip - Roy Leaves 1:42 Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Official Clip - Communicating with the Mothership Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Official Clip - Communicating with the Mothership 2:11 Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Official Clip - Who Are You People? Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Official Clip - Who Are You People? 2:05 Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Official Clip - Contact Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Official Clip - Contact 2:11 Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Official Clip - Roy's First UFO Encounter Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Official Clip - Roy's First UFO Encounter 2:10 Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Official Clip - Chasing the UFOs Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Official Clip - Chasing the UFOs 2:05 Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Official Clip - The UFOs Surround the House Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Official Clip - The UFOs Surround the House 2:09 View more videos

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      Bruce McCabe Boston Globe This is a revolutionary film. It's revolutionary in the sense that it suggests, as few films have, the extraordinary sensory potential of the medium. Apr 3, 2024 Full Review John Huddy Miami Herald The Steven Spielberg movie, instinctively or otherwise, is well timed. It is definitely a movie of the 1970s, for a people disgusted, bewildered -- and lost. Apr 3, 2024 Full Review Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune ["Close Encounters"] attempts to conquer fear of the unknown with love. Maybe the movies will begin to lead us away from their early '70s nightmare visions to a new, more benign fantasy world. As a filmgoer sated with violence, I'm ready. Rated: 3.5/4 Apr 3, 2024 Full Review David Dugas United Press International If it doesn't quite match "2001" for cerebral elegance, it nevertheless is far grander than Spielberg's previous movie, Jaws, and vastly more absorbing than Star Wars. Apr 3, 2024 Full Review Dorothy Smiljanich Tampa Bay Times Perhaps in this skeptical time, it is enough to know -- enough to wonder -- that a director and creator can still make a movie as awesome and visually satisfying as this one. Rated: 5/5 Apr 3, 2024 Full Review Joe Baltake Philadelphia Daily News This is the year's big movie, not so much in size or proportions, but rather in terms of heart and spirit. Apr 3, 2024 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis 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.
      Director
      Steven Spielberg
      Screenwriter
      Steven Spielberg
      Distributor
      Columbia Pictures
      Production Co
      Columbia Pictures, EMI Films, Julia Phillips and Michael Phillips Productions
      Rating
      PG
      Genre
      Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 16, 1977, Wide
      Rerelease Date (Theaters)
      Sep 1, 2017
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 1, 2012
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $3.1M
      Sound Mix
      Surround, Dolby Stereo
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)
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