Richard Dreyfuss, Terri Garr, Melinda Dillon, Bob Balaban, Francois Truffaut
Steven Spielberg followed JAWS (1975), his first major box-office success, with the epic science fiction adventure CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977), about a disparate group of people who attempt to contact alien intelligence. Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) is an electrical lineman who, while sent out on emergency repairs, witnesses an unidentified flying object, and even has a "sunburn" from its bright lights to prove it. Neary's wife and children are at first skeptical, then concerned, and eventually fearful, as Roy refuses to accept a "logical" explanation for what he saw and is prepared to give up his job, his home, and his family to pursue the "truth" about UFOs. Neary's obsession eventually puts him in contact with others who've had close encounters with alien spacecraft, including Claude Lacombe, a French researcher who believes that we can use a musical language to communicate with alien visitors.