Viewing your Watchlist and recommended content requires Javascript

  • A
  • Adventure, Drama
  • 1977
  • 135 mins

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

Film4 Close Encounters Of The Third Kind

Synopsis

Hollywood granted a short-lived amnesty for aliens with Spielberg's often spellbinding and technically flawless sci-fi epic... We are not alone

About

The story has obsessive Dreyfuss chasing UFOs and racing a US government which is spinning tales of chemical leaks to keep the curious away.

The casting of French new-wave director Truffaut as the kind ufologist is inspired, and (at least on the big screen) the effects are breathtaking and audacious, while John Williams' score - for once integral to the plot - adds beauty to the proceedings.

There's a long-deleted producer's cut which is for once more dramatically satisfying, showing more of Dreyfuss's obsession while leaving the interior of the mother ship to the imagination. It's interesting to compare Bob Ballaban's account of the shoot with producer Phillips's bitchy 'You'll Never Eat Lunch In This Town Again'. Balaban mentions what a lovely producer she is, while she doesn't even honour a supporting actor with a mention.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: François Truffaut, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban, Carey Guffey, Richard Dreyfuss
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Screen Writer: Steven Spielberg
  • Producer: Julia Phillips, Michael Phillips
  • Photographer: Vilmos Zsigmond
  • Composer: John Williams

In a nutshell

Another classic from Spielberg's most fertile period.

Latest from Film4...

  • Film4

    T2

    Ewan McGregor, Johnny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle return for Danny Boyle's sequel to the cult classic Trainspotting.

  • Film4

    Ninja

    Isaac Florentine's violent martial arts action-thriller starring Scott Adkins and Tsuyoshi Ihara.

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Film4-backed titles available for digital download

    39 titles from Film4's library will be launched to buy or rent on iTunes and Amazon on August 1st, 2016. The collection includes classics and award-winners which will be available for digital download

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Todd Strauss-Schulson on The Final Girls

    Ahead of the Film4 Summer Screen presentation of The Final Girls, director Todd Strauss-Schulson reflects on the making of 2015's heartfelt horror homage...  The Final Girls came into my life when

Register with Film4.com

Personalise your Film4 experience

  • Set film reminders
  • Build your watchlist
  • Get film suggestions

or Register

Share