Close Encounters of the Third Kind Movie Review Summary

Actors: Richard Dreyfuss

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Roy Neary (Dreyfuss) is a line worker who has what he thinks is an encounter with a UFO out on the prairie during a power outage. Strange visions and a haunting 5-note melody line begin to obsess Neary, upsetting his family's tranquility. Other isolated individuals have similar experiences, however, and the U.S. government, also onto these developments, figures out where the aliens plan to land and attempts to keep ordinary people away from the site. But they come anyway. Spielberg's story features veteran film director Truffaut as a sympathetic scientist and an optimistic outlook. Movie fans may recognize Carl Weathers, Lance Henriksen, and news anchor Howard K. Smith among the supporting cast.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

An SF film of sweeping proportions, yet pretentious in its writing and acting. An ordinary man becomes swept up in the machinations of a government plot to contact aliens whose intentions are at best vague. They steal our men and children, then bring them back to talk with us. Ultimately unsatisfying as a whole, it still has parts that leave you breathless.
The review of this Movie prepared by captnemo

A somewhat goofball blue collar power company worker ( Richard Dreyfuss ) is drawn into a nightmarish web of self doubt and inner struggle after encountering U.F.O.s on an Indiana summer evening . The extraterrestrials have planted a vision in his mind, an invitation to a secret meeting with scientific and military officials . Facing a hostile wife and slipping into brooding insanity , he must keep his appointment with the aliens...even though he doesn't know it !
The review of this Movie prepared by Rick Belter

With particular reference to the opening sequences of the film, the Bermuda Triangle figures prominently until we encounter the main character who cannot explain what is happening to him.
The review of this Movie prepared by Mark D. Schneider

Aliens come to Earth, and Dreyfuss must get in touch with his feelings by creating a mash potato mountain and learning to play the xylophone. If you need a nap, this movie is perfect for you.
The review of this Movie prepared by steve

Script Analysis of Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzle 32%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 48% **Fantasy or Science Fiction?**    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact    -   Yes Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding Generally friendly 1st contact with aliens?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   engineer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


Earth setting:    -   20th century (1970's to Present) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Big cities?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Tone of movie    -   upbeat Kinds of F/X    -   exotic spaceships    -   exotic aliens

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