If anything stands testament to how iconic and well-made Steven Speilberg’s 1977 sci-fi thriller is, it would be just how well its stood the test of time and how well-celebrated it remains in the US to this day – its is literally protected by the National Film Registry. Close Encounters of the Third Kind has performed so well over the years largely thanks to stellar performances from its talented cast: Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Truffaut and Teri Garr to name but a few.
The film picks up following a spate of inexplicable but seemingly related disappearances and tales of bright light appearing from out of nowhere in the night sky. The plot follows a number of incidents across the globe including the story of eyewitness, Roy Neary (Dreyfuss), who becomes obsessed with the extraterrestrial, as well as government officials investigating the discovery of a US cargo ship and a squadron of fighter planes – lacking their crewmen – in the Gobi and Sonoran deserts respectively. As the incidents begin to intertwine and all semblance of normality begins to fade away, the characters are forced to face an unnerving epiphany which redefines everything they thought they knew about reality.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind – Sunday 9:00pm on Sky Cinema (Greats).