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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Director's Cut)

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Steven Spielberg

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About the Movie

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 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 occurrences 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.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 52
  • Fresh: 50
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 8.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The best -- the most elaborate -- 1950's science fiction movie ever made, a work that borrows its narrative shape and its concerns from those earlier films, but enhances them with what looks like the latest developments in movie and space technology. – Vincent Canby, New York Times, Jun 23, 2015

Fresh: [Spielberg's] new movie is richer and more ambitious than Jaws, and it reaches the viewer at a far more profound level than Star Wars. – Frank Rich, TIME Magazine, Aug 22, 2014

Fresh: A daring film concept which in its special and technical effects has been superbly realized. – A.D. Murphy, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: To get to the bottom line with minimum delay, Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a terrific movie, with every possibility of equaling the box office popularity of Star Wars. – Arthur Knight, Hollywood Reporter, Nov 15, 2016

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Customer Reviews

One of the classic must-see scifi movies

Welcome to one of the great ones. A hyper-realistic family, a wonderfully befuddled hero, and a genuine sense of awe and the unknown.

Spielberg is really on his game with this one — and it influenced generations of film directors such as JJ Abrams (you will see its influence in super 8). When the credits roll this movie will stay in your head for years.

Encounter Again and Again...

Steven Spielberg's opus answering the question are we alone in the universe, still stands as one of the most remarkable epics in film history. Though it premiere in 1977 "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" tapped into the cultural consciousness and fascination with UFOs. The story goes further than that and evolves through the experience of one man. Richard Dreyfuss' "Roy Neary" is an everyman until one day all that changes when he sees something incredible. Roy's life gets turned upside down when he realizes that he is not alone.

Pretty soon he is overwhelmed and obsessed with his "close encounter" and follows his own instincts – his world opening up to the impossible that aliens exist. Masterful and intricate, and still very human even when it strives for its intergalactic premise, "Close Encounters" is still a wonder to behold. Standing up as one of the greats!

Mr. Neary, I envy you.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind is the epitome of what we'd expect from debunking supposed conspiracy theories and hope out of making contact. Steven Spielberg's take on the alien invasion scenario comes packaged with all the signs of more intelligent life and how we'd interpret them. And to think this came before E.T. the Extra-Terrestial! From the lights and sounds to Mr. Dreyfuss' paranoia, Close Encounters is science fiction's best more-than-coincidental representation of alien life forms and their believed place in the universe, if not our own galaxy.

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