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Close Encounters Of The Third Kind / Close Encounters Of The Third Kind - Special Edition

  Close Encounters Of The Third Kind / Close Encounters Of The Third Kind - Special Edition Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
8.96 /10
Richard Dreyfuss, Francois Truffaut, Teri Garr
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Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Written by: Steven Spielberg

Released: 1977
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 135

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It has visionary magic and a childlike comic spirit, along with a love of surprises and a skeptical, letís-try-it-on spirit. It sends you out in a state of blissful satisfaction.

(Pauline Kael, New Yorker)

The long, last, thrilling scene overpowers us because, given any reasonable chance to be overpowered by it, we want to be overpowered by it. The film does everything in idea and execution to make it possible. Outer-space creatures, if they ever come, may in fact prove to be malevolent, or stupider than we are. Those possibilities are not part of the faith. We need them to be benevolent and brighter, and that's what Close Encounters gives us... That finale doesn't bring us salvation - there is no hint of what will come out of the encounter ó it brings us companionship.

(Stanley Kauffmann, New Republic)

Dead ends and pointless scenes have been dropped. New scenes do a better job of establishing the characters - not only of Dreyfuss, but also of Francois Truffaut, as the French scientist. The new editing moves the film along at a faster, more absorbing pace to the mind-stretching conclusion. Close Encounters , which was already a wonderful film, now transcends itself; it's one of the great moviegoing experiences.

(Roger Ebert, 1980)

The Holy Grail of UFO movies.

(Ed Naha, The Science Fictionary, 1980)

The special edition of 1980 trimmed the longueurs of the middle section and gave more of the close encounter, to much satisfaction.

(Derek Winnert, Radio Times Film and Video Guide, 1995)

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