Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

 ●  English ● 2 hrs 16 mins

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Embedded with suspense and thrill, this mysterious sci-fi drama delves into the complex sequence of events that unfold in the life of Roy Neary, who works for a power company the USA. One day, his truck has a close call with a UFO. Soon after, Roy starts getting visions about a place where something magnificent is going to appear. He soon becomes estranged from his family and starts going after the visions. With strange and mysterious events beginning to take place all over the world, Roy might just find himself close to the epicentre of something extraordinary.
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Did you know? During the dinner scene just before Roy piles on the mashed potatoes, you can hear the little girl say, "There's a dead fly in my potatoes." This was unscripted and almost caused the rest of the cast to laugh. The scene was kept as-is. Read More
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as Roy Neary
as Silvia Neary
as Implantee
as Implantee
as Air Traffic
as David Laughlin
as Load Dispatcher
as Military Police
as Barry Guiler
as Federale
as Air Traffic
as Radio Telescope Team
as Federale
as Radio Telescope Team
as Federale
as ARP Project Member
as Claude Lacombe
as Special Forces
as Ike
as Hawker
as Major Benchley
as Returnee #2 Flt. 19
as Project Leader
as Radio Telescope Team
as Special Forces
as Dirty Tricks #1
as Larry Butler
as Toby Neary
as Dirty Tricks #2
as Dirty Tricks #4
as Robert
as Mrs. Harris
as Support Leader
as Returnee #3 Flt. 19
as Jillian Guiler
as Himself
as Ohio Tolls
as ARP Musician
as Jean Claude
as Returnee #1 Flt. 19
as Air Traffic Controller
as Dirty Tricks #3
as Farmer
as Highway Patrolman
as Air East Pilot
as Brad Neary
as Ronnie Neary
as Radio Telescope Team
as Wild Bill

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Taglines:
We are not alone
Close Encounter of the First Kind - Sighting of a UFO. Close Encounter of the Second Kind - Physical Evidence. Close Encounter of the Third Kind - Contact. WE ARE NOT ALONE
Now There Is More
Goofs:
Errors in Geography
The coordinates received by the scientists (40°36'10" N, 104°44'30" W) aren't very close to Devils Tower at all. The coordinates are very close to Stage Colorado, east of Ft. Collins, Colorado, almost 300 miles (480 km) away from the monument. The scene where the Muncie police cars are chasing the UFOs shows them driving in mountains and through tunnels, and cross into the state of Ohio. Muncie has no mountains, no tunnels, and is not that close to Ohio. There is another county between Muncie and the Ohio state line. The Indiana Toll Road is about 200 miles north of Muncie, paralleling the Michigan state line.

Factual Mistake
While preparing for the evacuation, the military speaks of clearing 360 square miles, which would involve from 35,000 to 50,000 people. Later, a news report states that 200 square miles are being evacuated. Devils Tower is centrally located in Crook County, with an area of 2858 sq. miles and a population of 5887, and is over 15 miles from the nearest city. 200 sq. miles would be a circle of 8 miles radius. 360 sq. miles would be a radius of 11.5 miles. The actual population of the evacuated area would likely be less than a few hundred people, not 35 to 50 thousand.

Audio/Video Mismatch
In one scene, many people are on a hillside watching two bright lights approach them from near the horizon. As the lights get closer a few more lights with lower intensity can be seen trailing behind them. The next shot shows that at least the two brighter lights were military Huey helicopters which are shown hovering near and scattering the people. Huey helicopters have a very distinct and prominent "thump" generated by their rotors. The noise is very clear, especially if the chopper is headed directly towards the observer, and can be heard from a considerable distance from the aircraft. It's very doubtful that two Hueys, possibly followed by more, would be able to approach the observers as quietly as shown in the scene. The "Bell Thump" can be very reassuring if you're stuck in the weeds and need to get out of there fast. But, it doesn't make for a sneaky approach.

Character Error
During the ABC newscast, a reporter states that the Devil's Tower National Monument was created by Theodore Roosevelt in 1915. Roosevelt was President from 1901 to 1909 and the Monument was created in 1906.

Continuity
The size of the mother ship is incompatible in different shots. When it arrives it's behind the mountain and a lot bigger than the mountain. When it's in front of the mountain it's no longer bigger than the mountain but smaller or at best about the same.

Continuity
When the entities are attempting to get into Jillian's house, they pop the floor vent out of its hole and it lands upside down on the area rug. In the next shot the vent is back in its hole, even though Jillian hasn't touched it yet.
Trivia:
During the dinner scene just before Roy piles on the mashed potatoes, you can hear the little girl say, "There's a dead fly in my potatoes." This was unscripted and almost caused the rest of the cast to laugh. The scene was kept as-is.

The iconic five-note melody was a chance arrangement that both John Williams and Steven Spielberg happened to like out of hundreds of different permutations.

During the dinner scene just before Roy piles on the mashed potatoes, you can hear the little girl say, "There's a dead fly in my potatoes." This was unscripted and almost caused the rest of the cast to laugh. The scene was kept as-is.