Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

DVD - 2007
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Roy Neary is a cable worker who, along with several others, become stunned bystanders who have experienced a close encounter of the first kind - witnessing UFOs soar 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. Meanwhile, bizarre occurrences are happening around the world. Government agents have close encounters of a 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.

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obadiah11
Aug 18, 2016

I never wanted to see this movie as a youngster because I thought it would be lame. After finally seeing it in 2016 I found out my intuition was right. The main characters 'obsession' doesn't make any sense and made me want to beat the s**t out of him. Also, was an arrangement made for the one-sided student exchange? If aliens truly come will there be this sappy lovefest depicted in the film? The aliens had them right where they wanted them and should have blasted them and this weak movie out of existence

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JihadiConservative
Apr 20, 2016

WAY over hyped. This movie is terrible.

BookReviewer2015 Sep 16, 2014

One of the best science fiction films ever made. Perhaps even the best film ever made!

Spielberg truly provides a "realistic" depiction of what an encounter between humanity and an alien life form would be like!

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garycornell
May 31, 2014

After watchilng Close Encounters of the Thilrd Kind you start believing in the possiblity of life coming from a distant planet. I think the special effects are great and richard dreyfuss is are favorite shaken up citizen. (Remember him in Jaws?)

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uzebdrumz
Jun 08, 2013

Sedona, Arizona; Roswell, New Mexico; "Area 51" - extraterrestrials, UFOs, alien abductions... Spielberg spins the possibility of aliens and UFOs into the lives of ordinary people. They are drawn inexplicably to the Devil's Tower as if imprinted by their close encounter experiences, but they are thwarted by government and military authorities. John Williams score fits perfectly with the surreal nature of the film.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Feb 07, 2013

Yep. This very pretty, often spectacular, display of bright, colored lights was almost completely ruined by the Roy Neary character and his anal obsession with building a sculpture of the Devils Tower in his living room._____ Another thing that lost this film some major points was its blatant (and very unwelcome) "in-your-face" advertisement plugs for such big-name companies as - MacDonalds, Shell, Coca-Cola, Piggly Wiggly, and Budweiser Beer._____ Even though the aliens (whose dreadfully cheap appearance made Gumby look awesome by comparison) were presented as being a peaceful, friendly bunch, I thought that the "mother-ship" which they arrived in looked very treacherous and threatening, just like a warship._____ And, last but not least, I thought that it was tres' bizarre, indeed, that Roy Neary chose to completely abandon his family (without even so much as a lousy "Good-Bye" phone-call) just for the sake of being included in with the team of volunteers who were selected to leave on the aliens' spacecraft._____ The Devils Tower in Wyoming was a wonderful location and rendezvous point for the humans to meet up with the aliens, though.

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geomillar
Oct 28, 2012

I am 69 years of age and this was my first viewing of "Close Encounters." I was highly impressed with the quirky story, rich sound track and brilliant special effects. Yes, it deserves all of 5 Stars.

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OverCookedCookies
May 02, 2012

Why would someone not like this film? It's interesting and cool! I recommend this film to everyone to see! Just don't get it thinking it's another "Independence Day" type film. It's a sci-fi drama!

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__rick__
Feb 15, 2012

Sorry, but this film just hasn't aged very well. Other than historical interest, perhaps, for a film studies major, perhaps, it is now more than a little bit flat and boring.

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AtomicFez
Aug 21, 2011

** UNTIL NOW, THIS MOVIE HAD NEVER BEEN SEEN BY ME **

[No, honestly, it's true. I had seen a couple of bits of it on TV but the commercials interrupting things broke my interest enough I switched over to the news, or Monty Python, or an episode of Space: 1999 (oh, Maya...) or something.]

Let's just replace the word "heartwarming" in the dictionary with "Spielberg", shall we? It'll be so much easier; it's fewer letters, and it'll force me to learn how to spell the guy's name properly once and for all.

This Spielberg film is directed by Steven Spielberg and lives up to the reputation it so richly deserves. The tale is told with finesse and just enough complexity to make the whole thing simply work from start to finish. While it does get a bit bogged down in the end of the first act, and the second one has a bit of a struggle to get up-to-speed, it'll keep you riveted throughout the entire third one right through the credits rolling.

An interesting point is that Mr. Spielberg has recanted his position on the "Special Edition" being the only one worth watching, and not viewing the "ship interior" scenes as being a mistake. Thus, the "Director's Cut" is preferred, being an amalgam of the theatrical and special editions, minus the aforementioned final views of Dreyfus' character inside the mothership.

While some of the characters are flat, the acting makes the film overall the magical, amazing, visually stunning, and — it's really the only word — Spielberg experience that watching a film really ought to be.

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uzebdrumz
Jun 08, 2013

Toby Neary: Dad, after this can we throw dirt in MY window?

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OverCookedCookies
May 10, 2012

Can you tell me where cornbread is? TURKEY!!!!

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May 19, 2012

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OverCookedCookies
May 10, 2012

Frightening or Intense Scenes: A mother is protecting her son from an alien craft it is frightening because of the screaming and the boy gets sucked up by the ship

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