Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Steven Spielberg (1998)

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As does the later ET the Extra-Terrestrial, this brilliantly realised suburban sci-fi saga reverses years of flying saucer attacks with the notion that visitors from outer space might just be friendly. Richard Dreyfuss strikes the perfect note of childlike inquisitiveness as the electrical engineer "chosen" to make contact with alien lifeforms, despite obstruction by family and government. Director Steven Spielberg confirmed his genius for painting a convincing picture of mundane domestic life, subsequently shattered by extraordinary events (notably the terrifying kidnap of a young boy and Dreyfuss's slide into apparent insanity). The special effects are spectacular, John Williams's score is emotionally charged, nouvelle vague director François Truffaut makes an elegant UFO expert and it's impossible not to get caught up in the protracted climax. This Collector's Edition is considered by many to be the definitive version of the movie. It restores the ending that was in the original theatrical release, brings back some of the cuts from 1980's Special Edition, and has visual and audio enhancement.


An electrical repairman sees a fleet of UFOs and develops an increasing fascination with mountain-shaped forms, driving his wife to despair. Meanwhile, another woman has a similar fixation after her son mysteriously vanishes, and a team of scientists investigates a series of strange events around the world. Eventually, they are all drawn to a mountain where aliens are about to make contact. Alternate cut of Steven Spielberg's sci-fi drama, with Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Truffaut and Teri Garr.

Cast & Crew

Roy Neary Richard Dreyfuss
Claude Lacombe François Truffaut
Ronnie Neary Teri Garr
Jillian Guiler Melinda Dillon
David Laughlin Bob Balaban
Project leader J Patrick McNamara
Wild Bill Warren Kemmerling
Farmer Roberts Blossom
Jean Claude Philip Dodds
Barry Guiler Cary Guffey
Director Steven Spielberg
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Edited for language. Available on: Available on video and DVD Released on: 27 May 2016


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