Middle-American strangers become involved in the attempts of benevolent aliens to contact earthlings. Despite the sometimes mundane nature of the characters, this Spielberg epic is a stirring achievement. Studded with classic sequences; the ending is an exhilarating experience of special effects and peace-on-earth feelings. Dreyfuss and Dillon excel as friends who are at once bewildered and obsessed by the alien presence, and French filmmaker Truffaut is also strong as the stern, ultimately kind scientist.
Fusion Video, 100 Fusion Way, Country Club Hills, IL 60478, URL: http://www.coldfusionvideo.com
Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 152 minutes.
Oscars 1977: Cinematog., Sound FX Editing; AFI 1998: Top 100.
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