Close Encounters of the Third Kind: A Review Essay

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“Have you recently had a close encounter?” quote from David Laughlin from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Well everyone who has ever seen the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind has had their own close encounter of some kind. Written and directed by Steven Spielberg and Produced by Colombia Pictures in association with EMI Films. Colombia Pictures the same year is credited with the production of four other films which include Bobby Deerfield staring Al Pacino, The Deadly Triangle staring Dale Robinette, Fun With Dick and Jane staring George Segal and Jane Fonda, and last but not least Confessions from a Holiday Camp staring Robin Askwith. Although Colombia Pictures was credited with five productions in the year 1977 no…show more content…
It was given the challenge of competing with Star Wars which was released on May 25th, 1977 and immediately became a box office success winning six out of ten Oscar nominations, and becoming the then highest grossing film of all time. (Wikipedia 1977) Star Wars was written and directed by George Lucas, released by Lucas Films and was followed by five other Star Wars trilogy films. Also at the same time “Roots” began its phenomenally successful run on ABC’s television network. (Wikipedia 1977) Speaking of television debuts the famous Tonight Show with Jay Leno debut in 1977 as well. Although there were many achievements throughout 1977 there were also many upsets but none as upsetting as when the world lost three of its greatest culture icons. Including the death of actor Freddie Prinze who died from a self inflicted gun wound on January 29th, Bing Crosby died October 14th from a massive heart attack shortly after playing 18 holes of golf, and no one could ever forget the loss of the legend Elvis Presley who passed away from a massive heart attack exacerbated by drug problems on August 16th. 4 Though there was the passing of three legends four more were born in 1977 to take there place. January 13th Orlando Bloom is born, March 8th James Van Der Beek is born, July 1st Liv Tyler is born, and last but not least November 10th Brittany Murphy was born. (Wikipedia 1977) Through and through

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