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Close Encounters of the Third Kind Details

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Steven Spielberg followed Jaws (1975), his first major box-office success, with this epic science fiction adventure about a disparate group of people who attempt to contact alien intelligence. Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) is an electrical lineman who, while sent out on emergency repairs, witnesses an unidentified flying object, and even has a "sunburn" from its bright lights to prove it. Neary's wife and children are at first skeptical, then concerned, and eventually fearful, as Roy refuses to accept a "logical" explanation for what he saw and is prepared to give up his job, his home, and his family to pursue the "truth" about UFOs. Neary's obsession eventually puts him in contact with others who've had close encounters with alien spacecraft, including Jillian (Melinda Dillon), a single mother whose son disappeared during her UFO experience, and Claude Lacombe (celebrated French filmmaker François Truffaut), a French researcher who believes that we can use a musical language to communicate with alien visitors. Lacombe's theory is put to the test when a band of government researchers and underground UFO enthusiasts (including Neary) join for an exchange with alien visitors near Devil's Tower, Wyoming. In 1980, a "Special Edition" was released. While its primary selling point was the addition of scenes inside the alien spaceship, Spielberg claimed that he also cleaned up some choppy editing in the second act. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:November 16, 1977

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Richard Yuricich Best Visual Effects 1977 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Knudson Best Sound 1977 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Douglas Trumbull Best Visual Effects 1977 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Williams Best Original Score 1977 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Williams Best Original Score 1977 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Vilmos Zsigmond Best Cinematography 1977 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Melinda Dillon Best Supporting Actress 1977 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Steven Spielberg Best Director 1977 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Steven Spielberg Best Screenplay 1977 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Steven Spielberg Best Director 1977 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Steven Spielberg Best Director 1977 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Steven Spielberg Best Picture 1978 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Joe Alves Best Art Direction 1977 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Joe Alves Best Art Direction 1978 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Michael Kahn Best Editing 1977 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Daniel Lomino Best Art Direction 1977 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Don MacDougall Best Sound 1977 Nominee

Cast

Richard Dreyfuss
as Roy Neary
François Truffaut
as Claude Lacombe
Teri Garr
as Ronnie Neary
Melinda Dillon
as Jillian Guiler
Cary Guffey
as Barry Guiler
Bob Balaban
as David Laughlin
J. Patrick McNamara
as Project leader
Roberts Blossom
as Farmer
Philip Dodds
as Jean Claude
Shawn Bishop
as Brad Neary
Adrienne Campbell
as Silvia Neary
Justin Dreyfuss
as Toby Neary
George DiCenzo
as Major Benchley
Bob Westmoreland
F.J. O'Neil
as ARP Project Member
Gene Rader
as Hawker
Norman Bartold
as Ohio Tolls
Matthew Robbins
as Returnee #3 Flt. 19
Chuy Franco
as Federale
Jon Ewing
as Dirty Tricks #1
Luis Contreras
as Federale
Amy Douglass
as Implantee
John Dennis Johnston
as Special Forces
Eumenio Blanco
as Federale
Alexander Lockwood
as Implantee
Keith Atkinson
as Dirty Tricks #2
James Keane
as Radio Telescope Team
Dennis McMullen
as Radio Telescope Team
Robert Broyles
as Dirty Tricks #3
Randy Herman
as Returnee #1 Flt. 19
Gene Dynarski
as Ike
Hal Barwood
as Returnee #2 Flt. 19
Galen Thompson
as Special Forces
Josef Sommer
as Larry Butler
Lance Henriksen
as Robert
Basil Hoffman
Carl Weathers
as M.P.

Crew

Steven Spielberg
Director
Jim Bloom
Producer
Michael Phillips
Producer
Julia Phillips
Producer
Steven Spielberg
Screenwriter
Jerry Belson
Screenwriter
Douglas Trumbull
Cinematographer
John A. Alonzo
Cinematographer
Richard Yuricich
Cinematographer
Laszlo Kovacs
Cinematographer
Vilmos Zsigmond
Cinematographer
William A. Fraker
Cinematographer
Dennis Muren
Cinematographer
Don Jarel
Cinematographer
John Williams
Composer (Music Score)
Michael Kahn
Editor
Joe Alves
Production Designer
John Loggia
Production Designer
Daniel Lomino
Art Director
Don MacDougall
Sound/Sound Designer
Buzz Knudson
Sound/Sound Designer
Douglas Slocombe
Special Effects
Richard Yuricich
Special Effects
Douglas Trumbull
Special Effects
Chuck Myers
First Assistant Director
Steven Poster
Camera Operator
Allen Daviau
Additional Cinematography
Shari Rhodes
Casting Director
Ralph McQuarrie
Conceptual Design
Buddy Joe Hooker
Stunts Coordinator
Bob Westmoreland
Makeup Supervisor
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