‘Close’ Calls

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The 40th an­niver­sary of Close En­coun­ters of the Third Kind is be­ing cel­e­brated with a week­long run in select the­aters start­ing Sept. 1. Here are five fun facts about the Os­car-win­ning 1977 Steven Spiel­berg film. 1. The term “third kind,” mean­ing phys­i­cal con­tact with ex­trater­res­tri­als, comes from J. Allen Hynek’s book The UFO Ex­pe­ri­ence: A Sci­en­tific In­quiry.

2. The aliens that come out of the space­ship were played by young girls.

3. Se­cu­rity for CE3K was so tight, Spiel­berg him­self was turned away one day when he for­got his ID card.

4. When the moth­er­ship ar­rives at Devils Tower, an up­side down R2-D2—from Star

Wars— can be seen on the rim of the ves­sel.

5. The un­for­get­table five-note theme used for com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the aliens was picked from a com­pi­la­tion of 100 op­tions from com­poser John Wil­liams.

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