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Close Encounters of the Third Kind Movie Basics


Year of Release: 1977
Running Time: 2 hrs. 15 min.
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Steven Spielberg
Screenwriter: Steven Spielberg
Producers: Jim Bloom, Julia Philips and Michael Philips
Studio: Columbia Pictures


Close Encounters of the Third Kind Synopsis


Richard Dreyfuss stars in this Steven Spielberg classic about an average guy who late one night has a close encounter of the third kind – that is with an extra-terrestrial. The movie's greatest lies in the realistic emotional journey that Dreyfuss takes as he tries to find answers to his very understandable questions. The special effects are spectacular and the story is involving.


Close Encounters of the Third Kind Cast


Richard Dreyfuss - Roy Neary
Francois Truffaut - Claude Lacombe
Teri Garr - Ronnie Neary
Melinda Dillon - Jillian Guiler
Cary Cuffey - Barry Guiler
ACTOR NAME - CHARACTER NAME
Bob Balaban - David Laughlin



Close Encounters of the Third Kind Awards and Nominations


1978 Academy Awards® Best Cinematography (Win)

Best Director (Nom)

Best Supporting Actress - Melinda Dillon (Nom)

Best Art Direction (Nom)

Best Visual Effects (Nom)

Best Score (Nom)

Best Sound (Nom)

1978 Golden Globe Awards®

Best Picture - Drama (Nom)

Best Director (Nom)

Best Score (Nom)

Best Screenplay (Nom)



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Close Encounters of the Third Kind


Claude Lacombe ( Francois Truffaut ):

"Listen to me, Major Walsh. It's an event socialique."




What movie is the Neary family planning on going to the day the alien ships arrive?

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