Friday Flashback: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

This was that other blockbuster from 1977. UFOs come to Earth and start messing with people’s heads. Richard Dreyfuss scares the hell out of wife Terri Garr because all these shapes “mean something.” Long before she was Ralphie’s mom in A Christmas Story, Melinda Dillon worries that her son’s imaginary friends might be real. And coming from the strange lights in the sky. Then hundreds of people, including Dreyfuss, are drawn to Devil’s Tower, Wyoming, where the aliens, who look a lot like ET, are stopping by to say hello.

And make Steven Spielberg a major player in Hollywood.

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