History Film / CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind

3rd May '16 5:35:51 PM ooh
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** The 1980 Special Edition featured an extended version of the flyby scene where one of the [=UFOs=] stops briefly to read a [=McDonald's=] billboard before disappearing into the night. This vignette appears only in that version.
23rd Mar '16 5:53:24 PM Mdumas43073
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This is a film directed by Creator/StevenSpielberg. The original version was released in 1977; a "Special Edition" ReCut was released in 1980 after Spielberg had proven he was a serious director. (There had been ExecutiveMeddling with the cut of the original, though entirely justified as the studio was going bankrupt and production had to be hastened.) Spielberg re-edited the film yet again for a "Collector's Edition" in 1998. All three cuts were included in the film's Blu-ray release in 2007, along with a new interview with Spielberg explaining the editing.

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This is a classic sci-fi film was directed by Creator/StevenSpielberg. The original version was released in 1977; a "Special Edition" ReCut was released in 1980 after Spielberg had proven he was a serious director. (There had been ExecutiveMeddling with the cut of the original, though entirely justified as the studio was going bankrupt and production had to be hastened.) Spielberg re-edited the film yet again for a "Collector's Edition" in 1998. All three cuts were included in the film's Blu-ray release in 2007, along with a new interview with Spielberg explaining the editing.
29th Feb '16 9:08:43 AM gallium
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%%* DreamSequence



* KarmaHoudini: The aliens, who have spent at least 32 years (since the disappearance of Flight 19) kidnapping humans. Sure they [[spoiler:brought them back]], but why did they abduct them in the first place if they're supposedly friendly?



* LicensedPinballTable: Oddly enough, such a thing exists, released by Creator/{{Gottlieb}} in 1978.



* TheMothership

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* TheMothershipTheMothership: All the little and economy-sized spacecraft flying around Muncie, IN and Devil's Tower, WY are eventually followed up by a great whacking big UFO, which disgorges the missing persons and takes up Roy and the other astronauts.



** The government creates a huge lie to clear Devil's Tower for the aliens to drop by, but you really can't blame them - meeting a possibly dangerous, obviously superior alien race. They would want the area clear for privacy and to have an army ready in the background just in case the aliens came out shooting.
*** Or in case humans did. If one paranoid survivalist with a rifle started taking shots at the alien craft, they could start an interstellar war. It's very reasonable to want to make initial contract under controlled conditions.

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** The government creates a huge lie to clear Devil's Tower for the aliens to drop by, but you really can't blame them - meeting a possibly dangerous, obviously superior alien race. They would want the area clear for privacy and to have an army ready in the background just in case the aliens (or gun-toting human civilians) came out shooting.
*** Or in case humans did. If one paranoid survivalist with a rifle started taking shots at the alien craft, they could start an interstellar war. It's very reasonable to want to make initial contract under controlled conditions.
shooting.
29th Feb '16 8:54:53 AM gallium
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* YouCanSeeThatRight: Roy and Jillian ask this of each other at Devil's Tower, first when they climb a hill and see the huge landing pad built to receive the aliens, and later when alien spacecraft are zipping over their heads on the way to the landing pad.
22nd Feb '16 12:58:27 PM jamespolk
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* NoAntagonist: Except possibly Roy Neary, to his wife and kids.
2nd Feb '16 11:13:17 AM gallium
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After a series of bizarre incidents where long-lost ships and aircraft begin reappearing in very unusual places around the world, a wide swath of the state of Indiana is buzzed by a very flashy troupe of [=UFOs=]. One of the many witnesses to this flyby is power-company employee Roy Neary, played by Richard Dreyfuss. Following the event, Neary is inflicted with visions of a distinctive-looking mountain. His family life quickly falls apart, and he eventually learns that what he is seeing and obsessively sculpting is the rock formation Devil's Tower, Wyoming. He meets fellow witness Jillian Guiler (Melinda Dillon) a mother desperately seeking her young son Barry, who has been carried away by the [=UFOs=]. They attempt to reach the Tower, even as the US government, well aware of what is happening, concocts a biohazard scare involving the derailment of a train carrying nerve gas and places a military cordon around the site...

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After a series of bizarre incidents where long-lost ships and aircraft begin reappearing in very unusual places around the world, a wide swath of the state of Indiana is buzzed by a very flashy troupe of [=UFOs=]. One of the many witnesses to this flyby is power-company employee Roy Neary, played by Richard Dreyfuss.Creator/RichardDreyfuss. Following the event, Neary is inflicted with visions of a distinctive-looking mountain. His family life quickly falls apart, and he eventually learns that what he is seeing and obsessively sculpting is the rock formation Devil's Tower, Wyoming. He meets fellow witness Jillian Guiler (Melinda Dillon) a mother desperately seeking her young son Barry, who has been carried away by the [=UFOs=]. They attempt to reach the Tower, even as the US government, well aware of what is happening, concocts a biohazard scare involving the derailment of a train carrying nerve gas and places a military cordon around the site...
2nd Dec '15 7:51:52 PM wittylibrarian
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* SceneryPorn: Especially when the audience gets their first up-close look at Devil's Tower.
1st Dec '15 4:32:36 PM 04tele
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* TechnoBabble: Lots of Technobabble uttered at the Air Traffic Control in the beginning.

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* TechnoBabble: Lots of Technobabble uttered Averted, at least in the air traffic control scene at the Air Traffic Control in beginning; as soon as it becomes clear that a plane is about to collide with a UFO, the beginning.controller issues perfectly sensible and practical instructions for conflict avoidance, albeit in ATC-speak.
2nd Nov '15 6:01:25 PM LobsterMagnusNovus
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** In one scene, we can also see models of [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries the Enterprise and a Klingon battle cruiser]] in their house.
3rd Oct '15 10:34:49 PM Daethalion
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* AdultFear: Jillian lives in an isolated farmhouse with her only child, who she ends up trying and ultimately failing to protect from the aliens who want him for unknown reasons. Anyone who has had a child kidnapped or gone missing can immediately relate to her devastation from the event.
** Ronnie, while not the most supportive spouse a person could ask for, is understandably lost and upset when her husband simultaneously loses his job (the only means they had for supporting themselves and three children) and begins suffering an apparent mental breakdown.
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