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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

This is a neat one, today’s pic. We have Steven Spielberg leading some of his Close Encounters of the Third Kind actors, including Francois Truffaut and the great Bob Balaban. I love most everything about the movie, but even as a kid I was taken by the Balaban/Truffaut relationship for some reason. The translator/scientist dynamic captivated me and I couldn’t tell you why.

Perhaps much of the awe and majesty of the movie comes from either Balaban and Truffaut’s reaction the fantastic… and because Richard Dreyfuss’ family are kind of obnoxious dicks. Truffaut and Balaban’s viewpoint were very relatable to me. They were geeks geeking out, just like me!

Anyway, hope you dig today’s shot. Thanks to Pat Barnett for this one. Click to enlargen!



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  • July 10, 2012, 8:18 p.m. CST


    by diseptikon


  • And the kid getting abducted terrified me of doggie doors...

  • July 10, 2012, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Everytime I eat some mashed taters

    by lv_426

    I feel the urge to use said taters to sculpt Devil's Tower.

  • July 10, 2012, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Guy on the right of the picture looks photoshopped in.

    by lochkray

    I know he's not, it just looks that way. I want to put my own face overtop of his, and say I was in the movie. Great movie, cool pic. Not enough modern blockbusters work with the slow burn sense of awe the way Close Encounters did.

  • July 10, 2012, 8:24 p.m. CST

    What trickery is this!

    by diseptikon

    I distinctly saw no posts before mine!

  • July 10, 2012, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Very Cool, Indeed.

    by jason

    purty sure that's Lance Henriksen on the right, he had this goofy look on his face in the final scene. Anyway, apropos of nothing. Love this film, thanks.

  • July 10, 2012, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Umm, forgot someone?

    by Bill Howard

    The guy on the right is the legendary Lance Henriksen folks! Not even a mention of him in the write up? For shame.

  • July 10, 2012, 8:32 p.m. CST

    What bugged me the first time I saw the movie...

    by tbrosz

    Was that Dreyfuss and his friends were apparently the only people in America who had no idea what Devil's Tower was.

  • But I grew up never leaving the Pacific Northwest, so that might be the reason.

  • July 10, 2012, 8:39 p.m. CST

    Seriously. Making of Jaws: The Movie or Whatever

    by tangcameo

    David Duchovny as Speilberg. Matthew Fox as Roy Scheider. Vincent D'Onofrio or Daniel Day Lewis as Robert Shaw. [fill in the blank] as Dreyfus.

  • July 10, 2012, 8:39 p.m. CST

    My favorite movie of all time.

    by ufoclub1977

    And it's funny how Spielberg and friends accidentally made a brilliant movie about the isolating, alienating mentality, trials, and possible glory of being artistic by compulsion.

  • Loved that image. Nice pic of Lance Henriksen with the rest, too. Was he in any other Spielberg films?

  • July 10, 2012, 8:44 p.m. CST

    I HAD. It got ruined in the wash if memory serves.

    by vic twenty

    That is why you NEVER wash your favorite shirt...

  • July 10, 2012, 8:47 p.m. CST

    ufoclub1977, well said. You should post more often.

    by P

  • July 10, 2012, 8:52 p.m. CST


    by not_the_real

    and some explosions in the background, just to emphasize the badassery.

  • July 10, 2012, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Almost a Right Stuff type shot, ha.

    by TheSecondQuest

  • July 10, 2012, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Love this movie to pieces, but...

    by SebastianHaff

    I do wish it came off a little less like Roy completely abandoning his family. It kills a tiny bit of the wonder, because at the end when he finally gets to leave with them, I can't help thinking he's a selfish prick who doesn't deserve the awe he's experiencing. <br><p> I realize he's been somewhat 'enchanted' by the aliens, and his wife wasn't exactly supportive, but still. Shit, I even admit the abandonment of the family is more realistic. I don't have a solution, it's just my one minor gripe.

  • July 10, 2012, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Einstein WAS right." "Einstein was probably one of THEM.

    by Tacom

    All the bit parts in that movie including the scientists were great.

  • July 10, 2012, 9:18 p.m. CST

    I saw Bigfoot once.

    by DickBallsworth

    1951, back in Sequoia National Park. Had a foot on him thirty-seven inches, heel to toe. It made a sound I would not want to hear twice in my life.

  • July 10, 2012, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Third actor is....

    by Il Buono Il Brutto Il Cattivo

    Lance Henriksen. He had a small role in Close Encounters.

  • July 10, 2012, 9:24 p.m. CST

    That's not Henriksen.

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Wrong haircut.

  • July 10, 2012, 9:24 p.m. CST

    Thought it would be a UHF pic.

    by frank

    Kidding. Though a UHF pic would be cool.

  • July 10, 2012, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Bishop walks among them!

    by nolan bautista

    who knew they had an android inside the mother ship?

  • July 10, 2012, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Unless this was taken before his scenes were filmed.

    by Queefer Sutherland

    And he got a haircut before those scenes. Otherwise, his hair was much shorter. I DOES kind of look like him though.

  • July 10, 2012, 9:36 p.m. CST


    by Devon Richards

    The grey suit is Lance Henrikson! Bad geeks! No notice - no cookie! ( CE3K was one of his first movies)

  • July 10, 2012, 9:41 p.m. CST

    i will always remember Bob Balaban as the..

    by nolan bautista

    ..confused young man who swallowed Joe Bucks load in Midnight Cowboy (theater scene)

  • July 10, 2012, 9:41 p.m. CST

    100% Henriksen

    by Barry Jones

    Photo is mirrored for a start, and the outfit, face, height & build are 100%. On a seperate note, has anyone got such a high billing on a movie with such a few number of lines (1 or 2)?

  • July 10, 2012, 9:47 p.m. CST

    vic twenty - dryers were hell on those old 70's iron-ons

    by Crimson Dynamo

  • To confirm -- 100% Henriksen, which makes this image even more bad-ass.

  • But everyone is too quick on here. Seriously, there is NO question, it is the man. Which makes this shot all the more special. Truffaut, Balaban, Speilberg...and Lance Henriksen. How the fuck cool is that!

  • July 10, 2012, 10:25 p.m. CST

    This film is absolute magic. The only scene that takes me out of the experience is:

    by Trying_It_Again_Part_2

    When the Mothership is flying over Dreyfus' head while he's on the side of Devil's Tower. The ship's underside is mistakenly almost in spitting distance over his head, which is impossible because the ship would have to be inside Devil's Tower for that to work! Then of course, the wide shot shows the Mothership where it's supposed to be, OVER Devil's Tower. I was hoping that it would be fixed for the Blu-ray, but what's done is done.

  • July 10, 2012, 10:33 p.m. CST

    negative flipped

    by Gene Dumas

    I concur, buttons are on the wrong side (for men)

  • Just like he piloted the dropship in Aliens.

  • July 10, 2012, 10:48 p.m. CST

    I fucking love this movie!

    by notcher

    Definitely one of those that always makes my top ten. I just love it!

  • ...or was it that time moved at a different speed on board the ship. I never could decide what they were trying to convey with the WW2 pilots.

  • July 10, 2012, 11:23 p.m. CST

    Funny thing I thought as a kid...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...I always thought Bob Balaban's character was played by Richard Dreyfuss, because Dreyfuss had a beard in Jaws and not in CE3K. Then again, I used to think that when people were shot at in movies, they used real bullets and the actors were just *really* good at dodging (I didn't hear the term "squib" until much later). I was a really gullible kid, I guess. And Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass, Savages) would make a good Spielberg in a biopic. Slap a beard and those big 70's glasses on him and he'd be a dead ringer.

  • July 10, 2012, 11:25 p.m. CST


    by Etienne72772

    Theory of relativity stuff. Something like if you travel the speed of light away and back to earth for five years, you will age 5 years, but those on earth will have aged 50, or something like that. Which is why the comment about Einstein is made right after.

  • July 10, 2012, 11:26 p.m. CST

    It looks like Henriksen, but is also looks like Gary Shandling

    by Queefer Sutherland

    And THIS is how Henriksen looked in Close Encounters: Completely different haircut. Compare the photo. That's fucking Gary Shandling. Unless you can explain the haircut.

  • July 10, 2012, 11:35 p.m. CST


    by Etienne72772

    Just heard a radio interview with bob balaban where he relates a story about being constantly mistaken for Dreyfus on the set of close encounters. Apparently there were death threats made against Dreyfus for some political reason and balaban was nervous about the mistaken identity!

  • July 10, 2012, 11:37 p.m. CST

    Helloooooooooooooooooooooo all good buddies

    by ajit maholtra

  • July 10, 2012, 11:41 p.m. CST

    @Crisp_one It was based on Einstein's Theory of Relativity.... open for explanation

    by MasterControlProgram

    Basically, since the people on the space ship were moving faster than the the speed of light during segments, if not the majority, of their travels, they will not age as fast as the casual observer. Example: If you traveled 100 light years to a planet, and traveled there faster than the speed of light then you would be moving at a normal pace in relation to the light around you and will start to move through time as opposed to through light since you already surpassed that. The people on the earth will see you leave and move quickly. Your journey, 100 light years, will be shortened to you because you are moving faster than the speed of light. However it takes 100 years for light to reach the earth. So when you reach your destination you will have traveled 100 years away. When you return to the earth (another 100 years) everyone on earth will be 200 years older and you will have only aged a day (assuming the trip only took one day from your perspective). So the people on the ship from World War II had been with the Aliens for 30+ years, but for them the trip only seemed like a few days, weeks or hours. That is why they didn't age. They were traveling faster than light and moving through time while everyone else on earth was basically standing still. That's where they derived the line in the movie "Einstein was right". I hope that explains it well enough. -- End of Line --

  • July 10, 2012, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Also, check out this video of Henriksen on YouTube

    by Queefer Sutherland DEFINITELY not the same haircut. I agree that it looks like it might be Henriksen, and I'm willing to admit I'm wrong if proven that way. I just can't square the haircut in the movie with the hair in this photo.

  • July 10, 2012, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Oh, sorry. He's in the video at 9:34

    by Queefer Sutherland

    That's it. I'm done.

  • July 11, 2012, 12:21 a.m. CST

    @tbrosz - Devil's Tower

    by sewiz

    The only reason anyone outside the state of Wyoming (or perhaps one of its neighbors) knows what Devil's Tower is, is because of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

  • July 11, 2012, 12:23 a.m. CST

    I know why Balaban's character captivated me...

    by gotilk

    and as you said, his relationship with Truffaut's character as well. Why? Because Balaban was someone capable of a thousand things. Incredibly intelligent, underestimated, under-used. I identified with him as a kid, because when you're s smart kid, you get underestimated, under-used. You don't get the respect you deserve, even when you deserve barely any at all. You don't even get it then. Because you're a peon. Yet, there was Balaban, solving all kinds of problems... when all he was supposed to be was a translator(mapmaker, really). And I had an odd connection to that character as well, and always wished he had more screen-time than many of the other featured characters. I liked how he was always lurking... always to the side, or behind someone else. And there with a solution. Brilliant. I wonder if Spielberg realized how much a few hundred thousand little kids would relate to a balding short guy in his 30s. Because we really did.

  • July 11, 2012, 12:35 a.m. CST

    Aw, who wants to see some dumb sci-fi movie rated PG for kids?

    by top_cat_james

    Okay, let's have a vote. Tomorrow night you can play Goofy Golf, which is a lot of standing in line and shoving and pushing and probably getting a zero, or you can see "Close Encounters", which is a lot of cattle mutalations and paranoia, and you'll have a wonderful time. Okay? So let's vote.

  • July 11, 2012, 12:39 a.m. CST


    by top_cat_james

  • July 11, 2012, 12:40 a.m. CST

    I love mutilating paranoid cattle. I vote Close Encounters!

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Fuck Yeah! Eve if that isn't Lance Henriksen in the photo.

  • July 11, 2012, 12:47 a.m. CST

    I lurve this movie. Neat pic.

    by adeceasedfan

  • July 11, 2012, 1 a.m. CST

    @queefer re: Garry Shandling

    by top_cat_james

    In a deleted scene, he goes aboard the mothership, and asks the aliens, "How's my hair?"

  • July 11, 2012, 1:09 a.m. CST sir, that is not correct.

    by tritium

    Relativistic time dilation occurs when one reference frame (e.g. spaceship) is moving at a significant percentage of "c", the speed of light, as compared to another reference frame (e.g. Earth). It has absolutely NOTHING to do with faster than light travel...and, in fact, Lorentz transformations for time intervals between local reference frames, one moving faster than the speed of light, as compared to the other, are completely nonsensical, in SR and GR. If velocity exceeds "c", the Lorentz factor yields a complex number, which means the time experienced on the FTL reference frame would be an imaginary number --> i.e., v>c yields a Lorentz factor involving the square root of a negative number. All that is required for the "abductees" to show little to no aging, as compared to the observers on Earth, is for the Mothership to have travelled relativistically, i.e. at a high fraction of the speed of light (but not faster) for a given period of time.

  • July 11, 2012, 1:10 a.m. CST

    franks_television me too... I clicked expecting to see the mound of mashed potatoes

    by where_are_quints_hobbit_set_reports

    Good ol' UHF. I was also hoping this would be Quint's Hobbit Set Reports

  • July 11, 2012, 1:25 a.m. CST

    If I pump my dick at the speed of light

    by Queefer Sutherland

    Will it age faster than the rest of me?

  • July 11, 2012, 3:07 a.m. CST

    by boddah

    No love for lance henriksen? awww

  • July 11, 2012, 3:14 a.m. CST

    I love Lance Henriksen. Millennium is one of my favorite shows. Lance rocks!

    by Queefer Sutherland

  • July 11, 2012, 4:16 a.m. CST

    anybody watch anger management?

    by Balkin Flabgurter

    I hear tell it is a great sitcom.

  • July 11, 2012, 4:32 a.m. CST

    this was the first film I remember at the cinema

    by robertdee

    and it made me love film.

  • July 11, 2012, 5:26 a.m. CST

    There's a

    by Robbiemc9

    Theres a fly, there's a fly in my mashed potato.

  • July 11, 2012, 6:08 a.m. CST

    Jillian and Barry should have went with Roy at the end...

    by iamatroll

    I've heard the "Roy shouldn't have abandoned his family" gripe many times, even from Spielberg himself, who claims he would never had done it that way were he to make this film today. But I say this: Roy's family, his bitchy (but hot) wife and annoying as all hell kids didn't deserve him anyway. Look at the way he's treated all through the film by them. Ronnie lambastes him all through the movie, his kids disrespect them, even though he does everything he can to love them and be the good father and husband. But they won't have any of it. This a selfish family of shits who just want Roy to be this preconceived figure that lives up to their expectations. When the most incredible thing in the world happens, they want none of it. They just want Roy to "know his role," period. By contrast, Jillian and her son Barry would be/should be the perfect family for Roy. They share his sense of wonder and admiration for these spectacular vistors to our planet. Never in a million years would Jillian ever be mean to Roy the way Ronnie consistently was. Never in a million years would Barry disrespect his father Roy the way Roy's brats did; (i.e. smacking him with a ping pong paddle, calling him a cry baby, etc.) SPOILERS AHEAD: At the very end of film, when Roy is about to board the mothership, with John Williams' beautiful echoes of "When You Wish Upon A Star" playing, Roy turns to look around, and looks up into the eyes of Jillian, who is watching him. She smiles a beautiful smile at him, as if to say, "you're gonna be ok, babe," and that is all the validation Roy needs to know that THIS is the correct destiny. Not spending the rest of his life with some half wit family that he is way too good for. If this were ever remade today, (it shouldn't though, why screw around with perfection?) it would be better if Jillian and Barry decide to join Roy on the ship. What do they have to keep them on earth for, anyway? Jillian's husband is nowhere to be seen, (in the novelization, i think it's mentioned that she's divorced, but this is never touched on in the film.) Roy has a family that has no use for him. Barry could benefit from a good man like Roy to raise him. Small wonder then that the one kiss that Roy and Jillian share is eons ahead of Roy kissing Ronnie earlier in the film in terms of passion and of love. Amid all the unbelievable happenins in CE3K, Roy Neary finds the REAL family he should have had, but sadly, parts with them too at the end. Damn, i wish Jillian and Barry would have went with him...

  • Funny. You just totally turned the climax of one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time on its head for me. Fucker.

  • It doesn't matter that it's friendly and benevolent, that thing is terrifying. I remember my brother and I watching it at my grandma's while she was babysitting us, both of us screaming and crying at that point and having to turn it off. And I wasn't that young.

  • July 11, 2012, 6:50 a.m. CST

    fluffyunbound, dont be upset...

    by iamatroll

    As i explained, Roy being separated from his "regular" family is a GOOD THING. Sometimes, "families" can be your worst enemy. I know this because i speak from of experience. I came from an abusive home, some of that abuse physical, much more of it psychological and emotional. Getting the hell away from my so called "family" is the best thing i could have ever done. The ending of CE3K is a happy one, because not only has Roy been chosen for the highest of all honors a human being can receive, he's also freed himself from a living hell. Not many people have that good fortune to do so. The only sad part is that Roy didn't have people who TRULY loved him go with him on this incredible journey. Don't be upset about my analysis, fluffyunbound, be happy. Because remember, sometimes your dreams really can come true, "when you wish upon a star..."

  • July 11, 2012, 7:29 a.m. CST

    I think the ending is fine.

    by shutupfanboy

    I understand now, being a Dad myself, what Steven is talking about, but he probably has a loving family that the idea is now horrifying to him. However, its the right call, because as others have pointed out, his family were giant dicks to him. It would also not make sense if he didn't go either unless, the out was the guy running with them up the mountain since I do believe, Roy's character was chosen by the aliens due to their encounter with him that is why everyone else is pushed aside. It would be an interesting tale if Roy and Jillian were hiding and the aliens got pissed that no one they contacted was there and proceed to beat the shit out of the army guys til they make their presence known, but it works out way better this way.

  • July 11, 2012, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Who wouldn't have wanted to get away from Roy's family?

    by nephilim138

    Even if aliens hadn't been involved he was a man that would have bolted regardless. Nobody wants to have their balls busted on a daily basis by anyone, family or otherwise.

  • July 11, 2012, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Is this taken just before the helicopter behind them blows up...

    by Mistahtibbs they walk towards the camera in slow motion?

  • July 11, 2012, 8:46 a.m. CST

    This movie is about crazy guy who likes to eat mashed potatoes

    by ajit maholtra

    Then the other day I watched movie about a retard who likes to eat french fried potatoes and then he kills one man. Then there's another movie about a retard who likes to eat potato tots and does disco dancing on stage. Anybody who eats potatoes in movies becomes a huge weirdo!

  • July 11, 2012, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Pat Barnett?

    by Logan

    As in the editor? Her nephew was my my best friend in middle school.

  • if it was Neary transformed as an alien, who gives Truffaut the hand signs, since the scene came immediately following the interior of the ship when Neary is showered by the blast of light. So question? Since Spielberg cut the two scenes together, could Neary be the final alien?

  • July 11, 2012, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Oh, my God....why is it here?

    by RogueWarrior65

    Beat's the sh*t outta me. Best line in the movie aside from "el sol salio anoche y me canto" IMHO, what's missing from recent Speilberg films are the unexpected one-liners e.g. "Alligators in the sewers" and "You're gonna need a bigger boat."

  • July 11, 2012, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Neary transforming...

    by Etienne72772

    That is something that I have heard a few times, and I never thought that to be the case - until I saw the recut of it several years after seeing it originally. And I think that Spielberg does that for some reason to keep you guessing, but I personally don't like it. If I remember correctly, the interior of the ship is not shown in the original movie. To me, it was a bit of an indication of the "hierarchy" of the alien society - like the queen, and the other smaller aliens were the workers. And to me it was the ultimate honor for Truffaut's character to have the top dog alien come out and give him the hand signals. At least, that is how I interpreted it. But I concede it is open for interpretation.

  • July 11, 2012, 9:39 a.m. CST

    By the way

    by Etienne72772

    Close Encounters is one of my all-time favorite movies. Before I even saw it, I had nightmares about it because my brother had a poster in his room of the the runway lights and Devil's Tower, and it freaked me out. Then saw the movie - it has everything. It is well-acted, great plot, great characters, lots of early Spielberg touches in it. You can tell he "crafted" it, as opposed to filmed it. As a kid, it blew me away, and I don't think I really understood it, but it is one of those movies I can see over and over again, and see something new in it. Funny, though, the talk about Neary abandoning his family. I didn't consider that until I become a parent myself, and now it is something that I think about. Not so much leaving Ronnie - she was a close-minded bitch who was more upset that HER world was turning upside down then helping her husband try to figure this out. (Granted, from her perspective, it appears that he has a nervous breakdown, but still - way to be supportive!) And the kids are just kids, they are supposed to be that way. But I always feel bad when a kid loses his or her father. And to their perspective, he just disappears. That'll screw them up for years.

  • July 11, 2012, 9:53 a.m. CST

    THE GREAT BOB BALABAN... oh and some French guy

    by Klytus_I.m_Bored


  • July 11, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    In 3rd grade, I read the novelization at least 3 times.

    by ufoclub1977

    Boy, I was into "Close Encounters". I still am. I just watched an outdoor screening of it in Ann Arbor that was packed with all kinds of folks. It was during a clear cool night with the stars and occasional blinking speck of plane above the entranced audience... The movie is superior to many blockbusters of more recent times. It shows things to audience that were completely new and unpredictable. What blockbuster these days can do that? I was disappointed in Spielberg's comment on noticing his "naivety" on reassessing CE3K (on a commentary track). I suspect his comment ironically speaks of an idealistic bubble of naivety he was within at the time of the commentary recording. A naive idealism soapboxing the importance of family/cultural role vs the self contained, wall breaking, and ALL consuming quest for internally burning meaning and private experience through deep artistic expression in certain rare individuals. This internally, self fulfilling behavior can play out with the sacrifice of friends, family, and even the artist's own safety and health. I say internal motivations always win over external relationships and even drive them. To some degree, selfish fulfillment blooms incredible moments of human experience, however isolated, however hidden within the mind of one individual. But these moments might result in an invention or a philosophy that can create a tidal wave of change that affects the external world in a positive way. I consider "Saving Private Ryan" to be much more naive and conservative then "Close Encounters". But hey, that's me! Maybe I need to watch it again. By the way, I seriously doubt that the actor in this particular photo is Lance Henrikson. His look is easily recognizable in the movie, and this guy doesn't look like him in the mouth or the hair.

  • July 11, 2012, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Bob Balaban in Moonrise Kingdom

    by Samuel Fulmer

    I didn't think it was possible, but Wes Anderson found a way to make him even more deadpan than usual.

  • July 11, 2012, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Possibly my favorite Spielberg film

    by shane peterson

    right up there with ROTLA.

  • July 11, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST

    That is Lance on the right

    by Scott

    If you look at his clothing in this pic, and compare it, you will see the clothing is identical

  • July 11, 2012, 12:14 p.m. CST

    Henriksen it is, and here's why

    by georgeor

    Yes, his haircut is wrong. But his face is right, and (here's the tie-breaker) his wardrobe is right. Have a look at his close-up on the dark side of the moon: he is sporting the same fantastic wide-lapelled tweed coat, and the same metallic-blue tie. This film is one of the best. It is Spielberg's ode to the plight of the artist, served up on a rich bed of Judaic mythology. Sweet fancy Moses... Delicious!

  • July 11, 2012, 12:17 p.m. CST

    I don't know why, but this pic reminds me of Anchorman

    by quicksilver80

  • July 11, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST

    Oh and by the way...

    by gotilk

    I SEEN BIGFOOT!! (cameras turn) lol Did someone say something above about Spielberg doing a commentary track? Or saying something on one? If so, it was cobbled together from interviews, because he's never done a commentary track.

  • He was giving a lecture at a local college a few years before Close Encounters was made. Early 1970's, 1972 or 1973 if I remember right.

  • July 11, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    true, the wardrobe matches so...

    by ufoclub1977

    It's either Lance Henrikson or a stand-in. It must be pre-haircut, or his hair is being whipped up in an tricky way by the wind. I stand corrected.

  • July 11, 2012, 1 p.m. CST

    Maybe Roy ONLY got a trip round the Moon

    by Big Dumb Ape

    I can't that it's only just NOW hitting some people that Roy dumped his family at the end. For crying out loud, I was just a teen back then and realized Roy was being a huge dick. Then again, I always got around it with the thought that we DON'T know what happens once the door closes and the ship takes off. I mean, we all ASSUME that he gets to go back to the alien homeworld or whatever... ...But, for all we know, maybe all that Roy got was a quick joyride. Sure, the little aliens "select" Neary at the end -- he's sort of the "chosen one" that gets picked to go for the ride -- but maybe all they did was take Roy for a loop round the Moon or Jupiter. And they spend the whole time sitting him down and feeding him a burger and fries, and they just talk to him and say "Ok, so we're gonna drop you back tomorrow. And when we do, here are all the things we want you to TELL all your Earth scientists and military people." In other words, Roy doesn't take a long trip... he doesn't get to see the homeworld... but he is told/taught a few things, and is basically made to be some kind of emissary or something. But other than that -- yeah, he's a cock for leaving his family. In all the years since, I don't know what Spielberg didn't simply structure the movie a little different, to show that Roy and Ronnie were already at wit's end with each other, one step away from calling it quits -- in fact, their growing tension and anger or disappointments with each other is WHY the kids are such bratty cocks. Basically, it's that usual bit where kids start to act up or take sides when they can sense a parental split is in the making. What Speilberg SHOULD have done is set the stage that way, and then when Roy is first exposes to stuff and starts to go a bit nutty, Ronnie could have run off with the kids (like she does) and then you could have simply inserted a bit where Roy is served divorce papers. Hell, all you would have needed was a simple INSERT SHOT. For example, when Roy is building the huge ass sculpture in the living room -- when he finally makes the connection and takes off for Devil's Tower -- you could have had an insert shot showing an open envelope and the divorce summons on the table or whatever. Other than that, I'll say the one thing that no one ever really says, but this is just a personal thing. While I liked Dreyfuss in JAWS and thought he was great as Hooper...and while I can understand that back in the day he and Spielberg were friends or whatever and thus Dreyfuss landed the role of Roy... ...I never actually LIKED Dreyfuss as Roy. In fact, it's actually the one reason I never really rewatch CE3K much, simply because I thought Dreyfuss was too nebbishy or whatever. I just wish Spielberg had cast someone else. Hell, given that Spielberg was coming right off of JAWS, I would have preferred Roy Schneider had been cast as Roy instead. To me, a favorite teeny tiny moment in JAWS is that Brody is sort of a nerdy, in over his head guy till he gets on the boat and grows..but I always love that initially he's a bit scared and all...but then there's that one insert shot, when they're chasing the shark and the Orca is racing along and the music is actually playful in tone, where you see Brody looking over the side of the boat and he breaks into a SMILE over the thrill or fun or wonderment of it all. That one moment in JAWS that Schneider conveyed always rang far more true to me than all the grand, grandiose, wide-eyed stuff I'm supposed to buy from Dreyfuss in CE3K.

  • July 11, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST


    by Big Dumb Ape

    Sorry about the typo and missing word. The first part of my post was supposed to say "I can't BELIEVE that it's only just now hitting some people..." Dang, everyone says it all the time and I agree. Harry, when are you gonna add something as simple as a freaking EDIT button? These boards should join modern times and just switch over to the Disqus system. Problem solved in a heartbeat!

  • July 11, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Roy leaving his family.

    by v3d

    I think Spielberg said in a fairly recent interview that if he made the film today, Roy wouldn't leave his family behind. CE3K was made before Spielberg had his own family and he was a different guy then.

  • July 11, 2012, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Yes, it's the same coat...

    by Darth Macchio

    ...but damn if the guy does NOT look like Henrikson. But for sure the same coat and probably same tie as well (might be coloring from the photos but I'm not 100% on the tie - the jacket has to be tho, the exterior stitching and cloth pattern and color, etc). And what's bugging me is that guy's face looks familiar to me but not as Henrikson's (I'm terrible with names but creepily good with faces)...I also didn't think Henrikson was tall but then Berg, Ballaban and Trufaut are all probably short guys... His role was tiny in the movie...barely any lines if I recall correctly (been a while - have to check this out again obviously)..perhaps he was recast? Otherwise, why would he have the same clothes...maybe its a production crew member who loaned Lance his jacket? (yeah, i didn't think so either)

  • July 11, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST

    On Roy leaving his family...

    by Darth Macchio

    Didn't Ronnie leave him first? As much as Roy is our hero and Ronnie & family considered as the "abusive dicks" - at the risk of being a contrarian... ...what if you came home from work and your spouse was busily emptying the neighbor's garbage cans into your kitchen window? What if your spouse was tossing plants and shrubs and just wholesale shoveling dirt into the house? Even after being asked to stop? Now...the difference is Ronnie never ever once seems to be on Roy's side the moment he inplies he's seen "aliens" - as if she simply thinks he's full of shit, dismisses him outright, and then "realizes" he has also lost his mind... The 'bathrobe loading dirt into the house with a shovel' routine would go a long way towards proving her point. But then she packs up the kids in the station wagon and leaves while Roy begs her to stay. She even drives off with him on the hood of the car and he gets thrown off...even if the Berg thinks differently today, that's a fairly good metaphor for "I'm leaving" - if my girl wanted to leave so bad that even me clinging to the hood didn't stop her and she actually drove in such a way as to throw me bodily from the car, I'd probably not give a shit about getting her back. Even if I wanted her back - I would not allow myself to have anything to do with her from then on. But the kids? Being dicks or unappreciative? That's a reason to leave?, it's not. I love Roy as much as any CEot3K fan, but leaving your kids is fucked up no matter why or how you do it. That's why it's called 'divorce' not 'abandonment' - the kids matter more than "ball-breaker" Ronnie and there's no cutting around that.

  • But I hope you are proud now to show everybody how smart you are. Silly. -- End of Line --

  • July 11, 2012, 2:45 p.m. CST

    My only problem with this movie...even as a kid...

    by BilboRing

    Why would a dad be so willing to leave his family? Also, I would rather stay home and have mega-sex with Terri Garr all day and night than zoom off with some aliens.

  • July 11, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Proof reading is the new edit feature.

    by jawaburger

    I don't think these talk backs would be nearly as amusing if people could go back and change the stuff that they wrote.

  • July 11, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST

    I could never watch the ending...

    by jellypop

    when I was a kid. As the Aliens emerge from their ship, I freaked and always either closed my eyes or ran straight to my Mum. I thought the aliens would transform into some disgusting flash eating monsters and eat the crap out of everyone. I was freakin' scared. It wasn't helped by my Dad commenting in the background that the aliens were going ballistic. If only I had known the truth back then!

  • ...of Close Encounters aired some day on TV. The screws turning by their own was for me one of the most haunting visuals I've ever seen at that time. Great movie, SF at its top.

  • July 11, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST

    Ufoclub is right, although...

    by Plathismo

    ...are those themes really accidental? Methinks not. I'm sure Spielberg understood the allegory he was telling. This film makes a great companion piece to 'The Shining,' by the way. Two (very different) sides of the same coin--two men chafing against their domestic responsibilities, wanting to escape into a world of personal fulfillment/pleasure and fantasy. Both succeed.

  • July 12, 2012, 12:58 a.m. CST

    Truffaut looks like he had bad beef for lunch and...

    by conspiracy

    desperately wants to stick a shiv into the Bergs spine. I think I remember reading that this wasn't exactly a "happy" cast and crew.