Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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  • Theatrical Re-Release Trailer for Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Trailer 1

Movie Info & Cast


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.


  • Richard Dreyfuss
  • François Truffaut
  • Teri Garr
  • Melinda Dillon
  • Bob Balaban
  • J. Patrick McNamara
  • Warren J. Kemmerling
  • Roberts Blossom
  • Philip Dodds
  • Cary Guffey

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.
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  • The Huey that the "contactees" are to be flown out of the Devils Tower area on is a single engine version from the rear but a twin engine version from the front and on take off.
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    • Brad Neary: I don't understand these fractions.
    • Roy Neary: What's one third of sixty?
    • [bewildered]
    • 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...
    • [CRASH]
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5.0 out of 5
Verified Review

Vintage Spielberg!

Eric J



It's one of the great moviegoing experiences.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Close Encounters of the Third Kind is unquestionably a great movie.

Metacritic review by James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli