Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Close Encounters of the Third Kind is a 1977 American science fiction film written and directed by Steven Spielberg, and starring Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr, Bob Balaban, Cary Guffey, and François Truffaut. It tells the story of Roy Neary, an everyday blue-collar worker in Indiana, whose life changes after an encounter with an unidentified flying object (UFO).


In the Sonoran Desert, French scientist Claude Lacombe, his American interpreter, cartographer David Laughlin, and other researchers, discover Flight 19, a squadron of Grumman TBM Avengers that went missing more than 30 years earlier. The planes are intact and function perfectly, but are empty. An elderly witness claims "the sun came out at night, and sang to him." The missing ship SS ''Cotopaxi'' is discovered in a similar state in the Gobi Desert. Air traffic controllers watch two airline flights narrowly avoid a mid-air collision with an unidentified flying object (UFO). Three-year-old Barry Guiler wakes to find his toys operating on their own. Following something, he runs outside, forcing his mother, Jillian, to chase him.