Photo: Steven Spielberg on the set of ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’

The famous director created a science fiction classic with Close Encounters of the Third Kind, reuniting with Jaws star Richard Dreyfuss.

The film was originally to be released in summer 1977, yep – opposite Star Wars. It was pushed back to November because of the various problems during production. Upon its release, Close Encounters became a box office success, grossing $116.39 million in North America and $171.7 million in foreign countries, totaling $288 million. It became Columbia Pictures’ most successful film at that time.

The film was nominated for eight Oscars at the 50th Academy Awards, including a Best Director nod for Spielberg.



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