Top 3 Close Encounters Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Close Encounters facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Close Encounters film message.

Special effects designer Carlo Rambaldi based the alien's face/smile in Close Encounters (1977) on the face/smile of Carey Guffey, who played Barry in the film. (Source: Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Ultimate Visual History by Michael Klastorin.)
Special effects designer Carlo Rambaldi based the alien's face/smile in Close Encounters (1977) on the face/smile of Carey Guffey, who played Barry in the film. (Source: Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Ultimate Visual History by Michael Klastorin.)

Close Encounters Trivia

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  1. John Williams began working on the 5-tone sequence a year before shooting began. Ultimately there were 350 variations of the sequence, Williams and Spielberg eventually decided on the one that was used after listening to each variation one at a time

Close Encounters Easter Eggs

Hidden objects, characters, easter eggs, and their meanings are wonderful ways to discover the filmmaker's perspectives of any given movie.

  • 1 - J. Allen Hynek makes a brief cameo towards the end. Hynek worked for the governments official UFO investigation program Project Blue Book and came up with the Close Encounter scale which the movie got its name from.
    J. Allen Hynek makes a brief cameo towards the end. Hynek worked for the governments official UFO investigation program Project Blue Book and came up with the Close Encounter scale which the movie got its name from.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Close Encounters. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.