Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Release Date: September 1st, 2017

PG |2 hr 17 min

Plot Summary

Richard Dreyfuss stars as cable worker Roy Neary, who along with several other stunned bystanders experience a close encounter of the first kind - witnessing UFOs soaring across the sky. After this life-changing event, the inexplicable vision of a strange, mountain-like formation haunts him. He becomes obsessed with discovering what it represents, much to the dismay of his wife and family. Meanwhile, bizarre occurrences are happening around the world. Government agents have close encounters of the second kind - discovering physical evidence of extraterrestrial visitors in the form of a lost fighter aircraft from World War II and a stranded military ship that disappeared decades earlier only to suddenly reappear in unusual places. Roy continues to chase his vision to a remote area where he and the agents follow the clues that have drawn them to reach a site where they will have a close encounter of the third kind - contact.

Cast: Francois Truffaut , Richard Dreyfuss , Bob Balaban , Teri Garr , Melinda Dillon

Director: Steven Spielberg

Genres: Drama , Sci-Fi

Production Co: Columbia Pictures Corporation,EMI Films

Distributors: Sony Pictures Releasing

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
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

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

  • 100
    James BerardinelliReelViews

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

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