Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
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Cableman Roy Neary is one of several people who experience a close encounter of the first kind, witnessing UFOs flying through the night sky. He is subsequently haunted by a mountainlike image in his head and becomes obsessed with discovering what it represents, putting severe strain on his marriage. Meanwhile, government agents around the world have a close encounter of the second kind, discovering physical evidence of otherworldly visitors in the form of military vehicles that went missing decades ago suddenly appearing in the middle of nowhere. Roy and the agents both follow the clues they have been given to reach a site where they will have a close encounter of the third kind: contact.
Close Encounter of the First Kind
Also Known As:
The Close Encounter of the Third Kind
The Special Edition: Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Watch the Skies
Title: Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
Release Date: November 15, 1977
Runtime: 132 mins
All Genres: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Languages: English, French, Spanish, Hindi
Sound: 70 mm 6-Track, Dolby
IMDB Rating: 7.8
Buried.com Rating: 8.8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With C
MPAA Rating: PG
Richard Dreyfuss ...Roy Neary
Francois Truffaut ...Claude Lacombe
Teri Garr ...Ronnie Neary
Melinda Dillon ...Jillian Guiler
Bob Balaban ...David Laughlin
J. Patrick McNamara ...Project Leader
Warren J. Kemmerling ...Wild Bill (as Warren Kemmerling)
Roberts Blossom ...Farmer
Philip Dodds ...Jean Claude
Cary Guffey ...Barry Guiler
Shawn Bishop ...Brad Neary
Adrienne Campbell ...Sylvia Neary
Justin Dreyfuss ...Toby Neary
Lance Henriksen ...Robert
Merrill Connally ...Team Leader
George DiCenzo ...Major Benchley
Amy Douglass ...Implantee
Alexander Lockwood ...Implantee
Gene Dynarski ...Ike
Mary Gafrey ...Mrs. Harris
Norman Bartold ...Ohio Tolls
Josef Sommer ...Larry Butler
Rev. Michael J. Dyer ...Himself
Roger Ernest ...Highway Patrolman
Carl Weathers ...Military Policeman
F.J. O'Neil ...ARP Project Member
Phil Dodds ...ARP Musician
Randy Hermann ...Returnee #1 Flt. 19
Hal Barwood ...Returnee #2 Flt. 19
Matthew Robbins ...Returnee #3 Flt. 19
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Clark L. Paylow
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind Horror Film Trailer 1
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind Horror Film Trailer 2
"WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR"
"THE SQUARE SONG"
"LOVE SONG OF THE WATERFALL"
"MORE THAN A FEELING"
"SHE'LL BE COMIN' 'ROUND THE MOUNTAIN"
More Movie Taglines:
- 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
- We are not alone
- Now There Is More (USA 1980 special edition re-release)
- Brad Neary: I don't understand these fractions. Roy Neary: What's one third of sixty? Brad Neary: [bewildered] That's a fraction, I don't understand them. Roy Neary: [using a model train as an object lesson] Alright, let's say that this boxcar is sixty feet long, OK?, and one third of it is across this switch here, alright... And now another train is coming... Now, how far do you have to move this boxcar so that the other train doesn't smash it? Quickly Brad, there are thousands of lives at stake... Brad any answer... [CRASH]
Claude Lacombe: Major Walsh, it is an event sociologique.
[Roy is shoveling soil into his kitchen window] Roy Neary: Ronnie, if I don't do this, *that's* when I'm going to need a doctor.
Claude Lacombe: Mr. Neary, what do you want? Roy Neary: I just want to know that it's really happening.
Roy Neary: [contemplating the lump shape] This means something. This is important.
- Paul Schrader wrote the original script. When Steven Spielberg, changed a great deal of it, Schrader decided to remove his credit. Since the film couldn't be left with no credit for writing, Spielberg claimed it for himself.
Real air-traffic controllers were used in the opening sequence. The synthesizer technician/performer was the actual engineer sent by ARP Instruments to install the synthesizer equipment (ARP 2500) on the set. Steven Spielberg watched his expert playing of the equipment and immediately cast him for the role. The name of the ARP engineer is Philip Dodds and he is actually mentioned in the credits.
The working title was "Watch the Skies," the closing words from The Thing from Another World (1951). These words also can be heard in the cartoon that wakes Neary.
Barry is shown to be surprised by the extraterrestrials. Director Steven Spielberg had two crew members hide in boxes off camera, one in a clown suit and one in a gorilla suit. One popped out, then the other as the cameras rolled, catching young Cary Guffey's bewildered reaction. Spielberg then whispered to the gorilla to remove his mask, eliciting a smile from Guffey.
SFX man Douglas Trumbull created the cloud effects by injecting white paint into tanks of salt and fresh water.
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