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“We are not alone.” Steven Spielberg’s thrilling, suspenseful and somehow very human speculation on the possibility of alien contact with mankind was one of the most surprising blockbusters of the 1970s, an awe-inspiring melding of personal storytelling and sci-fi magic. Richard Dreyfuss (after having survived his very close encounter with Jaws) brilliantly anchors the film as an unhappily married Everyman named Roy Neary who’s suddenly possessed – along with hundreds of others – with visions of a strange tower rising up from the ground. And then the colored lights start appearing in the night sky.
“The epitome of a truly great film. It’s as good as you remember it and serves as a reminder of a time when blockbuster entertainments were still willing to show real ambition.” – Peter Sobczynski, RogerEbert.com
As he becomes more and more obsessed with the idea of otherworldly beings, he scares away his skeptical family (led by wife Terri Garr) and embarks on a perilous journey to Devil’s Tower, Wyoming, along with scores of other UFO enthusiasts all hoping to have their very own Close Encounter. Something of a “poetic interstellar action film,” Close Encounters’ stunning passages of the massive alien ships appearing over the landscape – told almost entirely without dialogue – are among the most radiantly beautiful images in all of sci-fi cinema, made all the more spectacular thanks to this gorgeous 40th anniversary digital restoration! (Dir. by Steven Spielberg, 1977, USA, 137 min., Rated PG)