Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

Lists: Drama, Sci-Fi

Brief Synopsis: "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 night 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 occurences 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."

Overall Ranking: 172 (Rank from 1977: # 1)

Adjusted* Rating:
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Regular 50%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
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Included in Achievement Trios...

  • Spielberg Alien Epics
  • Spielberg Sci-Fi

  • People Involved

  • Richard Dreyfuss (Roy Neary)
  • François Truffaut (Claude Lacombe)
  • Teri Garr (Ronnie Neary)
  • Melinda Dillon (Jillian Guiler)
  • Bob Balaban (David Laughlin)
  • J. Patrick McNamara (Project Leader)
  • Warren J. Kemmerling (Wild Bill)
  • Roberts Blossom (Farmer)
  • Philip Dodds (Jean Claude)
  • Adrienne Campbell (Sylvia Neary)
  • Justin Dreyfuss (Toby Neary)
  • Lance Henriksen (Robert)
  • Merrill Connally (Team Leader)
  • Cary Guffey (Barry Guiler)
  • Shawn Bishop (Brad Neary)
  • George DiCenzo (Major Benchley)
  • Amy Douglass (Implantee)
  • Alexander Lockwood (Implantee)
  • Gene Dynarski (Ike)
  • Mary Gafrey (Mrs. Harris)
  • Josef Sommer (Larry Butler)
  • Carl Weathers (Military Policeman)
  • Bill Thurman (Air Traffic)
  • Steven Spielberg (Director)