Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Steven Spielberg (1977)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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 just might 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.


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. Steven Spielberg's sci-fi drama, starring 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
Robert Henriksen. Lance
Larry Butler Josef Sommer
Director Steven Spielberg
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Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Some swearing. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray