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Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Directed by Steven Spielberg
United States, United Kingdom, 1977
Sci-Fi, Drama, Fantasy


Richard Dreyfuss plays a line worker who witnesses a UFO on an abandoned road and, against the wishes of his wife, goes searching for answers.

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind Directed by Steven Spielberg

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1978 | 7 nominations including: Best Actress in a Supporting Role

1978 | 2 wins including: Best Cinematography

Justly celebrated for its warmth and sincerity, Close Encounters shames most contemporary blockbusters for their lack of heart and imagination. The film envisions human contact with extraterrestrial life as a celebratory event; the characters’ efforts to understand the strange life-forms—through scientific inquiry, culture, and curiosity—represent the best of humankind.
September 05, 2017
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Close Encounters is [a] more interesting anniversary [than the original Star Wars], precisely because it is difficult to imagine a blockbuster quite like it appearing in multiplexes today. It is an extravaganza whose modus operandi is primarily—and close to entirely—one of revelation. Close Encounters is essentially an extrapolated daydream, or a vivid, deluxe play-by-play of the genre’s most elemental fantasy: contact with alien life.
August 29, 2017
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Kubrick feared that people would laugh at the cliché of [aliens with] spindly figures with oversize heads. I confess to siding with Kubrick on this one. I find the aliens creepy, and the finale wildly overblown. . . . Still, most spectators are as spellbound as Spielberg himself is, thanks to the filmmaker’s emotional investment in the extraterrestrials with a sincerity Kubrick never could have managed.
January 03, 2017

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