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Year: 1977

Original Title: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Country: USA

Length: 132 minutes

Budget: $19,400,870

Genre: Drama, Science fiction

Studios: Columbia Pictures

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

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Release Dates

United Kingdom: September 15 2017

United States: November 16 1977


Ranking: 1,371 out of 14,130 movies (up 1214)

Ranked #239 in list 'The best movies ever'

Ranked #24 in list 'Best science fiction movies'


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8.2 by 5 media


Classic science fiction film written and directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon and Francois Truffaut. 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' starts its history with a worker, Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss), who tries to fix a problem that has caused a power outage. Suddenly, a bright light catches him and after that moment he begins to have strange visions and hear the same five musical notes in his mind. What do those visions mean? Who causes them? Neary will do everything possible to find answers to a whole series of events that keep him completely obsessed. His desire to discover the truth will make him join Jillian Guiler (Melinda Dillon), a woman who also has witnessed close encounters with an O.V.N.I. with the aim of investigating the origin and the reason of the events.


Cast Close Encounters of the Third Kind

François Truffaut

Claude Lacombe

Teri Garr

Ronnie Neary

Melinda Dillon

Jillian Guiler

Bob Balaban

David Laughlin



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Trivia Close Encounters of the Third Kind

François Truffaut was continually trying to improve his English during production, and he was self-conscious of his heavy French accent. Actors Lino Ventura and Yves Montand were considered for the role of Lacombe. Amy Irving auditioned for the role of Veronica.