Encounters of the Third Kind
are a number of versions of this movie, the original 1977 release
is different to the version seen on TV these days. This review was
on the version seen on TV in January 2003.)
planes, and then a ship, are discovered in the middle of a desert.
How did they get there?
hero, Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfus), while out in his truck, is 'encountered'
by a UFO which switches off his engine. It then flies off. Later
that night he sees UFO's flying overhead.
Roy returns home he has a sun tan on one side of his face... his
young family don't believe him and he starts acting strangely.
our panel of critics thought
Dreyfus acts strangely and then sanely with equal gusto."
UFO lovers dream of a movie - however the thing that annoys most
is that a Frenchman (speaking in French!) plays such a pivotal role
- this is completely unbelievable. I want my money back!"
is not the version I saw at the pictures in 1977. I remember the
ending well: a small white van came down from the sky and one single
alien came out with a lit match."
Please tell me the ending
tot, Barry Guiler, goes missing, and this time for good. His mother,
Gillian, and Roy, start to obsess over a tall rock type structure:
she draws it, he builds it in his living room (the family have since
news show the rock and it draws everyone to it. But when our heroes
get there security is tight, and animals seem to be dying. Our heroes
put on gas masks and break through the road blocks. They climb the
rock and behind it they find a landing strip.
UFO makes contact and returns personnel (who have not aged) from
the plane and ship seen at the beginning of the movie - Barry also
walks out into the arms of his mother.
decides to go back with the aliens and he is last seen entering
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sheer hysteria from Mr Dreyfus, and, perchance, a French man who
is not an oaf... A spell binding motion picture of the out
there kind. However, after a moment or two of rock building
in the living room, his hysteria is controlled so as not to screw
up the plot too much...
child's acting is very impressive and the spectacle of the ending
memorable. If you saw this movie when they brought it out in 1977
and have not seen it since, have another look: they've finished
it now and it is much more impressive.
high up in movie top 100's, this movie is a bit of a disappointment.
The acting is a little over-shouty, and the madness in the main
character miraculously clears up when the plot needs it. The child
actors are superb however, and the special effects good.
5-bar melody, used for contact, is now part of the music of world
movie culture, however the hand signals that went with it have been
conveniently forgotten, apart from by a few of the older TV game
a terrible movie, but no longer an all time great either. If over-exuberant-shouty
acting peppered with plot improbabilities annoys, give this movie
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