History Film / CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind

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.
4th Sep '15 10:33:07 PM CaptEquinox
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Product placement has been common from the beginning of film.
* ProductPlacement: This film had one of the first examples of product placement with a prominent Budweiser commercial, as well as the scientists' vans camouflaged with brand names.
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* ProductPlacement: This film had one of the first examples of product placement with a prominent Budweiser commercial, as well as the scientists' vans camouflaged with brand names.names. Spielberg has been criticized for overusing product placement in his pictures.
4th Sep '15 10:11:49 PM CaptEquinox
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* TheBermudaTriangle: There's a brief shot in the Special Edition of a ship is in the middle of the Gobi desert. It's supposed to be one of the BermudaTriangle disappearances. The film opens with the discovery of Flight 19, a Navy aviation training exercise that disappeared out of Ft. Lauderdale.
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* TheBermudaTriangle: There's a brief shot in the Special Edition of a ship is in the middle of the Gobi desert. It's supposed to be [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Cotopaxi the SS Cotopaxi]], one of the BermudaTriangle disappearances. The film opens with the discovery of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flight_19 Flight 19, 19]], a Navy aviation training exercise that disappeared out of Ft. Lauderdale.
23rd Jul '15 7:42:08 PM AnotherGuy
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* {{Leitmotif}}: The five tones (see StarfishLanguage below).
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* {{Leitmotif}}: {{Leitmotif}}: ** The five tones (see StarfishLanguage below).below). ** "When You Wish Upon A Star".
23rd Jul '15 7:41:06 PM AnotherGuy
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* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: Joked about by the personnel at Devil's Tower, quipping UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein "was probably one of ''them''."

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* FasterThanLightTravel: Which is why the missing persons had a YearOutsideHourInside.
23rd Jul '15 7:35:56 PM AnotherGuy
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* {{Expy}}: Lacombe is based on RealLife French UFOlogist Jacques Vallee.
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* {{Expy}}: Lacombe is based on RealLife French UFOlogist [=UFOlogist=] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Vall%C3%A9e Jacques Vallee.Vallée]].
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