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2017 | PG | Action Drama | 2hrs, 14m

Roy Neary sets out to investigate a mysterious power outage and experiences a life-changing “close encounter.” more

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Friday, September 1, 2017 40th Anniversary Re-Release

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Teri Garr
Ronnie Neary
Melinda Dillon
Jillian Guiler
François Truffaut
Claude Lacombe
Bob Balaban
David Laughlin
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Steven Spielberg


Steven Spielberg


Rating MPAA

PG for some intense sci-fi action, mild language and thematic elements.


Electrical lineman Roy Neary (Dreyfuss) is one of several people who experience a close encounter of the first kind, witnessing UFOs flying through the night sky. He is subsequently haunted by a mountain-like image and becomes obsessed with discovering what it represents, much to the dismay of his family. Meanwhile, government agents around the world have close encounters of the second kind, discovering physical evidence of extraterrestrial visitors in the form of lost fighter aircraft from World War II and a stranded military ship that disappeared decades earlier, only to suddenly reappear in the Sonora and Gobi Desert. Roy and the agents then follow the clues they have been given to reach a site where they will have a close encounter of the third kind: contact.
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Trivia & Production Notes

  • The film will be re-released in select theaters for one week on Sept. 1 (7/4/17).

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