Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Special Edition)
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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.
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Critics Consensus: Close Encounters of the Third Kind is deeply humane sci-fi exploring male obsession, cosmic mysticism, and music.
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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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- Genre:Sci-Fi, Drama, Fantasy
- Release Date:December 14, 1977
- Audio Format:5.1
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