Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • PG
  • 2h 15m
  • 1977
Certified Fresh95%
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Planes reported missing in 1945 suddenly appear in the Mojave desert. A commercial flight is buzzed by a 'bright' object that the pilot 'wouldn't know how to describe'. Roy Neary, while working one night, has a Close Encounter... The US Government determine where the visitors plan to land and create an elaborate cover-up to keep people away. However, a group of people, including Neary, share a vision which draws them to the place and a meeting with new, and old, friends.
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Common Sense Says
Suspenseful, thoughtful alien-encounter classic.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that director Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind is ultimately an uplifting, optimistic story with themes of perseverance and humility, but it has many scary, spooky moments before the aliens' exact nature is revealed. To a mother's horror, her toddler son disappears, becoming a captive of unknown villains. Earth is enveloped by strange events: electrical storms, unexplained shaking, and unidentified flying objects (UFOs). A house is attacked by mysterious forces; dead animals appear on quiet country roads. A loving father is faced with losing his family because of his obsession/conviction. Scattered curse words include "hell," "s--t," and "bastard." Members of the military are mostly portrayed as unsympathetic and authoritarian, while scientists are characterized as open-minded, trusting, and intelligent. Richard Dreyfuss and Melinda Dillon co-star.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Sci-Fi, Drama, Fantasy
  • Release Date:November 16, 1977
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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