Although Colombia Pictures was credited with five productions in the year 1977 no picture was as monumental as the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Directed by Steven Spielberg backed with an incredible cast including Richard Dreyfuss as (Roy Neary), François Truffaut as (Claude Lacombe), Teri Garr as (Ronnie Neary), and Melinda Dillon as (Gillian Guiler).
Close Encounters of the Third Kind is an epic science fiction adventure about a disparate group of people who attempt to contact extraterrestrial life forms. Roy Neary is an electrical lineman who while sent out on emergency repairs has a close encounter of the first kind by witnessing an unidentified flying object, and even has a "sunburn" from its bright lights to prove it. Roy’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, “I guess you've noticed something a little strange with Dad. It's okay, though. I'm still Dad.” Quoted Neary from the film. Meanwhile, governments all around the world experience a close encounter of the second kind, by finding physical evidence of alien visitors. Including planes and ships that were once considered missing showing up in random areas of the world.
Neary's obsession eventually puts him in contact with others who have had close encounters with alien spacecraft, including Gillian, a single mother whose son Barry (Cary Guffy) disappears during her second UFO experience, and Claude Lacombe, a French researcher who believes that we can use a musical language to communicate with alien visitors. Lacombe's theory is put to the test when a band of government researchers and underground UFO enthusiasts (including Neary and Gillian) meet at the base of Devils Tower in Wyoming. After closing off a multi mile radius around the Tower the two groups get ready for a close encounter of the third kind or better known as contact.
Throughout 1977 not only was Close Encounters of the Third Kind released but there was also great controversy about the realism of artificial life. Sometime in 1977 a plaque was attached to a spaceship leaving the solar system that showed where we live in our solar system and what we look like. The justification for this was that aliens outside of our solar system would find the space ship and we needed to let them know that we are friendly and that we welcome them. Not only were we concerned about alien trouble but also cold war trouble being smack dab in the middle of the United States verse Communist cold war. (Wikipedia 1977) Which began in 1985 and spanned all the way until 1991 bringing us through air raids and fallout shelters all the way up to holding our
hand over the button that could blow the entire world up. Though we had a colossal over seas battle on our hands at home on January 21st, 1977 United States President Jimmy Carter pardoned Vietnam War draft evaders letting thousands of Americans come home. (Wikipedia 1977) Not only were fellow citizens now allowed to come home but now also to expand there knowledge with the release of the new Apple II computer which debut on June 5th, 1977....