Producer: Clark L. Paylow, Julia Phillips, Michael Phillips
Writer: Steven Spielberg, Hal Barwood, Jerry Belson
Release Date: Dec 14, 1977
Runtime: 2hr 17m
After an accidental encounter with otherworldly vessels, an ordinary man follows a series of psychic clues to the first scheduled meeting between representatives of Earth and visitors from the cosmos.
J. Patrick McNamara
Warren J. Kemmerling
Did You Know?
Stuntman Craig R. Baxley was injured during the sequence where the police cars are chasing the UFOs on a mountain road. This stunt called for him to skid around a turn, go through a fence and over an embankment, but Baxley was traveling too fast, and he overshot the area where he was supposed to land. His car landed too hard and, even though he was wearing a helmet, he received head injuries. He was hospitalized for several days.
Brad Neary: That's a fraction, I don't understand them.
[using a model train as an object lesson]
Roy Neary: Alright, let's say that this boxcar is sixty feet long, OK?, and one third of it is across this switch here, alright... And now another train is coming... Now, how far do you have to move this boxcar so that the other train doesn't smash it? Quickly Brad, there are thousands of lives at stake... Brad any answer...