Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

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Roy Neary experiences a close encounter of the first kind one night out in the filed when a UFO passes over his truck. While to his friends and family, it looks as if the incident has descended Roy’s into madness, in reality, the aliens have left a haunting image of a mysterious mountain in his mind. Meanwhile, government officials around the world have a close encounter of the second kind when they discover physical evidence of otherworldly visitors. This takes the form of military vehicles that went missing decades ago suddenly appearing in the middle of nowhere. Now, Roy, government officials, and countless other people follow the clues the aliens gave them to reach a site where they will have a close encounter of the third kind: contact.

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‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ Movie Summary

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)Close Encounters of the Third Kind begins with strange events occurring all over the world. People see strange lights and phenomena. The film focuses on a team of researchers led by Frenchman Claude Lacombe, an American Roy Neary, Jillian Guiler and her young son, Barry. A large UFO to the horror of his Mother abducts Barry.

Many people become obsessed with the UFOs and have visions of Devil’s Tower in Wyoming, USA. Roy’s wife and kids leave him when he becomes obsessed with sculpting the monument. He uses mashed potatoes, potting soil, and anything he can get his hands on to recreate his vision. (I think of this scene every time that I eat mashed potatoes.)

Jillian and Roy join forces to try and get to Devil’s Tower. The U.S. government has declared the area uninhabitable. Roy, Jillian, and many others feel “invited” to the area and proceed anyway. The U.S. military in a makeshift base detains them. During an evacuation, they escape, and enter the landmark where they witness amazing things.

They see communication with the UFOs through beautiful music written by John Williams. They also witness the return of missing people that appear to not have aged. Jillian happily reunites with her son, and Roy decides to leave this world when he joins a group of explorers that will depart with the alien ship.

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