Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Release Date: November 16th, 1977

PG |2 hr 15 min

Plot Summary

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.

Cast: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, Cary Guffey, Bob Balaban, J. Patrick McNamara, Warren Kemmerling

Director: Steven Spielberg

Genres: Science fiction

Production Co: Columbia Pictures

Distributors: Columbia Pictures

Keywords: Pursuit , Tense , Mother , Dark , Quest , Small town , 1970s , Suspenseful

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The visuals here...are never less than stunning in their impact, yet always seem well within the realm of possibility. It is also to Spielberg's credit, however, that despite all of this visual opulence, his actors are never dwarfed. show more

  • 100
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Close Encounters of the Third Kind is unquestionably a great movie. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    It's one of the great moviegoing experiences. show more

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Awards

Nominated Film Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Winner Special Achievement Award (Sound Effects Editing)
Nominated Visual Effects
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Sound
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Soundtrack
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Winner Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Art Direction
Nominated Music (Original Score)
Nominated Film Editing
Winner Cinematography
Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Original Film Music
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama