Close Encounters of the Third Kind

18 Ratings: 3.7
A movie

Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a 1977 science fiction film directed and written by Steven Spielberg. The film stars Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban and Cary Guffey. Close Encounters tells the story of … see full wiki

Director: Steven Spielberg
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Release Date: November 16, 1977
MPAA Rating: PG
1 review about Close Encounters of the Third Kind

"Don't you think I'm handling this really well".....Garr

  • May 29, 2000
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Pros: A Hollywood classic

Cons: none

One of the last really great movies to filter out of Hollywood. I don't care how they did their special effects and frankly I don't wanna know. I get really ticked when they show those ‘ how we did it ‘ specials, preferring to believe that dinosaurs still exist and space ships really fly.

Surely 90% of the people alive today are familiar with this epic negating my need to outline the story, but that's what I'm here for. Shot in several locations but all converging into one, Devil's Tower, we catch glimpses of all nations realizing we are being contacted from Out There.

Dreyfuss as a lowly lineman becomes, can you say obsessed, with his vision of the infamous tower, always attempting to recreate it using all matter of things from shaving creme, mashed potatoes and finally digging up the shrubs in his yard. His wife, Teri Garr, and children come to the conclusion that ‘daddy has a problem' and leave him.

Likewise we have the single mom on her farm (Melinda Dillon) that has her own close encounter and she and Dreyfuss meet up on the road chasing the saucer. Eventually Dillons' son is swept away by these nefarious creatures and her hunt begins in earnest.

Both race to Wyoming, the home of Devil's Tower, and in true Hollywood fashion manage to meet up although there are thousands of people there trying to escape. The government, in true government fashion, have insinuated there was a drastic train derailment and poisonous gases are filtering through the area - another attempt to hide the flying saucer theory. (Have you ever seen one? Dare I tell you I have, I know you won't be surprised!)

Finally making it to Devil's Tower they witness the rendezvous between the government and the space ship, which eventually dumps all manner of people from its' bowels. For some unknown reason Dreyfuss is chosen to board the craft - maybe because he is the purported star of the show, but the real star of this show is that space craft! And that frigging music - not only is it catchy as Hell but they toss it in any chance they get, leaving it to bounce away in your brain for days!

Setting this alien movie apart from others of its' kind are the loveable and friendly space creatures - not here to zap the White House or blow up Central Park, simply wishing to communicate. In addition, they return their captives although I have no clue what these people will do in this now changed world!

Originally Speilberg wanted Nicholson for the part but as much as I love the guy I cannot see him display the joy and awe that Dreyfuss was able to convey. His utter ability to sink himself into this role and portray this slightly demented but determined believer in the other world pulls this movie even closer to reality.

The inspiring special effects of this movie are worth the watch alone - wicked winds and boiling clouds, lightning and thunder, incredible lights shows and the undying love of people to believe in what they cannot conceive. There is no age limit on this movie, it can be enjoyed by all, nor is there a time limit. Fifty years from now it would still be viewed as one of the classic tales of Hollywood.

Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Truffant, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, George DiCenzo Justin Dreyfuss as one of the children and that glorious space ship.

Now what I don't understand, if the government refuses to acknowledge the presence of other life forms (how can we believe we are all there is?), why are all the aliens they show in movies the same? That elongated head, skinny body, distended stomach, spindly arms and legs, bulbous eyes and bald heads?


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