With Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon
Directed by Steven Spielberg

This is the film that really gelled the Spielberg look, which has been the basis of many a sci-fi related film by this popular director (from
E.T. and A.I., through Minority Report and War Of The Worlds). The fascinating subject of life elsewhere in the universe is amazingly brought to the screen by focusing strange UFO phenomena sightings on a regular family man whose obsession with this life-changing experience takes over his life as he feels drawn to a location where government institutions have been collecting messages from outer space for an historic rendezvous. The natural characters, humanity and great atmosphere, together with the special FX (still amazing many decades later), Close Encounters is a timeless classic, its late-'70s style & fashion the only thing that dates it. This was also one of the first films that got an extended Special Edition release, kind-of like a director's cut.

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6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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