Columbia Pictures | Release Date: November 16, 1977
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obenbenol1988Aug 4, 2016
The film was technically ahead of its time but Spielberg's story writing not better than an amateur. It could have been an interesting film if Spielberg didn't fill the plot with unnecessary scenes. He should have tried to create betterThe film was technically ahead of its time but Spielberg's story writing not better than an amateur. It could have been an interesting film if Spielberg didn't fill the plot with unnecessary scenes. He should have tried to create better connections between the events and characters. Some scene goes one forever and then story jumps into a completely different scene. Spielberg doesn't want to answer many question about the aliens ,thing it would make the film sophisticates.However it fails that intellectual touch in 2001:Space Odyssey. Expand
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Pelen23Aug 4, 2016
Close Encouters of the Third Kind's biggest selling point is its visual effects. Even today , they look good.however the whole movie is plotless. Rory's argument with his wife takes a lot of screen time yet it never developes story how theClose Encouters of the Third Kind's biggest selling point is its visual effects. Even today , they look good.however the whole movie is plotless. Rory's argument with his wife takes a lot of screen time yet it never developes story how the other characters and effected UFO's visiting the Earth . Expand
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SpangleJul 1, 2014
A truly great achievement. The special effects are absolutely stunning, they are extravagent and perfectly executed. It is amazing to think this film came out in 1977 with effects like these. In terms of special effects, it is hard to thinkA truly great achievement. The special effects are absolutely stunning, they are extravagent and perfectly executed. It is amazing to think this film came out in 1977 with effects like these. In terms of special effects, it is hard to think of too many films that have better ones than Close Encounters of the Third Kind does. On top of that, the film is extremely fun and thrilling to watch. Around every turn is another thrill ride that does not stop until the film is over. The sense of wonder as you watch what unfolds and then the sense of wonder in all of the characters makes this a truly magical experience. With this one, Spielberg truly proves his skill when it comes to science fiction, as well as making his films a ton of fun. His direction of this one is impeccable and I am still struggling to wrap my head around the fact that this film is almost 40 years old with effects like these. A true cinematic achievement. Expand
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DuckNationMay 12, 2014
" If everything's ready here on the Dark Side of the Moon... play the five tones."

Close Encounters of the Third Kind is marvelous piece of Science fiction wonder, and is my second favorite sci-fi film of all time right behind 2001: A
" If everything's ready here on the Dark Side of the Moon... play the five tones."

Close Encounters of the Third Kind is marvelous piece of Science fiction wonder, and is my second favorite sci-fi film of all time right behind 2001: A Space Odyssey. This is for sure one of Steven Spielberg greatest film making achievements. Having two feature films under his belt before making Close Encounters one being "The Sugarland Express" a crime/comedy movie and the other "Jaws" a thriller/horror film. Having done this film a sci-fi/drama it shows that even then a young Spielberg was showing off his directing talents.

The films follows Roy Neary(Richard Dreyfuss) a normal guy with a family living a normal life and while on a drive to investigate a blackout occurring around his town and nearby towns. He stops to find out where he is and this is when strange things start to happen around him the mailboxes on the side of the road by him start shaking back and forth, his flashlight turns off, and his car stops working. He even gets burned on one side of his face by the rays of light shinning down on him from the UFO.

From here we see him struggle with what has happened to him as it takes a tole on him and his family to a point to were he might be losing his mind so his wife takes their kids and leaves him. Ill be honest here and say that this does slow the movie down but without leaving a negative effect on it. It is essential to see the breakdown as he tries to figure out what the extraterrestrials left in his mind and why he cant get the shape of a mountain out of his head. Richard Dreyfuss did an amazing performance and i just realized that him and Spielberg have done quite a bit of films together.

The special effects looked stunning and still to this day all the little lights on the UFO's are a wonder to look at. I love that we got different shapes for the UFO and not just the same typical flying saucer type. Some look like cones, some like spheres, and some that look like a little dot also the mothership had a whole city within it i don't think that was done before this but im not 100% on that. Whats even better is that the amazing score by John Williams ties into the special effects especially there at the end were no matter what i always sit in amazement despite having seen it many of times.

Also another great thing that was cool about the movie is that while Dreyfuss is dealing with figuring out the where to go and what to do we see strange things happening around the world like the old planes of flight 19 showing up in the Sonoran Desert and the lost ship the SS Cotopaxi showing up in the Gobi Desert.

Overall i give it a solid 10 Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a Science Fiction masterpiece and is not to be missed by anyone with a ounce of love for its genre or for films in general.
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RedRyan18May 22, 2014
Close Enncounters is one of the most ambitious science fiction films ever done. It's special effects were years ahead of their time, the characters react believably to their situations, and Spielberg's direction is perfect.
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moviemaniacsMar 6, 2016
In this age of "special editions," it can be a maddening ordeal to sort out precisely what people mean when they say they've seen Blade Runner (narrator or no narrator? director's cut or final cut?) or The 40-Year-Old Virgin. (The 116-minuteIn this age of "special editions," it can be a maddening ordeal to sort out precisely what people mean when they say they've seen Blade Runner (narrator or no narrator? director's cut or final cut?) or The 40-Year-Old Virgin. (The 116-minute theatrical cut, or the 133-minute "unrated" version?) Sometimes the changes are substantial, other times merely cosmetic, but nowadays, no cuts are final, and hammering out the differences between one version and the next is just another part of the discussion. Credit Steven Spielberg and the producers of the new 30th-anniversary DVD edition of Close Encounters Of The Third Kind for at least giving viewers a choice; unlike with, say, George Lucas' hideous Star Wars trilogy facelifts, no one version has been banished for the sake of another. Even though Spielberg rightly disavows the tacked-on sequence inside the spaceship, which he included on the 1980 "Special Edition" reissue, it's still there for those who would prefer their imagination be supplanted by a laser-light spectacular.

The new DVD includes all three cuts of Close Encounters—the original 1977 theatrical cut, the "Special Edition," and the 1998 "Director's Cut"—and better still, a mini-poster-sized map detailing what scene are changed, extended, or missing from each version. Of those, the one that plays best is the most recent cut, which includes the amped-up family melodrama added to the 1980 version, while removing all those insidious shots inside the ship. The film now seems just as awe-inspiring for its scenes of domestic turmoil as it does for its wholehearted embrace of the idea that we aren't alone in the universe. Does Richard Dreyfuss' Everyman hero obsess about UFOs because of a shared psychic vision, or because he can't stand to be around his family any more?

At the time, Spielberg insisted the film wasn't science fiction, but "science speculation," and he believed that unexplained cosmic phenomena had occurred in the 20th century, and that the government was perhaps active in covering it up. Though he's since retreated into skepticism, Close Encounters benefits from the awestruck vision of a true believer; the pie-eyed reaction shots alone suggest depths of curiosity and wonder that no special effect could ever muster.
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smiyamotNov 29, 2015
This was one of the first high budget sci-fi movies from way back. Well done and well acted, a good story line, many twists and turns along the way to keep you interested, especially the government cover-ups so popular in the 70's. ThereThis was one of the first high budget sci-fi movies from way back. Well done and well acted, a good story line, many twists and turns along the way to keep you interested, especially the government cover-ups so popular in the 70's. There are a lot of different versions of this movie, the Director's cut is the best one and the one I have in my collection. Expand
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EpicLadySpongeApr 27, 2016
Close Encounters of the Third Kind shows how we should be able to take something related to the UFOs and their side of the story and make it sound so realistic and epic.
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MasterRileySep 8, 2016
Close Encounters of the Third Kind is an enjoyable film with a very magical and beautiful ending, I just wish the rest of the movie was just as good. The plot and characters weren't as interesting and well developed as some of Spielberg'sClose Encounters of the Third Kind is an enjoyable film with a very magical and beautiful ending, I just wish the rest of the movie was just as good. The plot and characters weren't as interesting and well developed as some of Spielberg's other films, which was a bit of a disappointment. But overall the movie was still very good and the grand payoff of the ending is definitely worth it. John Williams score is magical and the special effects still hold up pretty good. Definitely give it a watch. Expand
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BroyaxJan 11, 2017
Bonne nouvelle : c'est moins gnangnan que E.T. Téléphone-Maison... Mauvaise nouvelle : ça reste niais, tellement niiiiiais que t'en renverses ton lait-grenadine ; ça doit être l'émotion, la même lorsque Casimir se barre de l'île aux enfants.Bonne nouvelle : c'est moins gnangnan que E.T. Téléphone-Maison... Mauvaise nouvelle : ça reste niais, tellement niiiiiais que t'en renverses ton lait-grenadine ; ça doit être l'émotion, la même lorsque Casimir se barre de l'île aux enfants.

Bien sûr, Spielberg a mis les moyens et sa mise en scène est d'une belle rigueur, on ne s'ennuie pas, sauf à la fin. Même les effets spéciaux ont assez bien supporté les outrages du temps. Chapeau également aux acteurs pour avoir l'air béat aussi longtemps à l'écran, la bouche bée comme les gosses qui écoutent Casimir leur expliquer la recette du gloubi-boulga pour la première fois.

Et puis il y a Dorothée, enfin son avatar en plus grand limite cougar, une ex-femen qui a brûlé son soutif depuis belle lurette. Emouvant !

Et bien entendu les extra-terrestres avec leurs gyrophares qui sont venus faire la circulation. Les **** Roswells, les proctologues de l'espace et leurs tests très invasifs sur un lot d'humains sélectionnés au hasard ("tu as été choisi pour participer à une étude clinique très approfondie, merci d'avancer vers la lumière !".)

Enfin, les 5 petites notes de musique parce qu'on communique avec un Bontempi ! vous me direz, on est pas à ça près : on envoit bien un 33 tours dans l'espace, nous autres, alors camembert hein, on ne se moque pas.

Non, loin de nous l'idée de se moquer. Mais c'est à partir de ce film que Spielberg a négocié son virage (qu'il n'a jamais totalement quitté depuis) vers le cinéma infantile. Sic transit gloria. Et sa gloire fut courte.
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