After an encounter with U.F.O.s, a line worker feels undeniably drawn to an isolated area in the wilderness where something spectacular is about to happen.
This absorbing science fiction movie be acme an instant classic and is probably the film that best demonstrates Steven Spielberg's magical and optimistic vision of man's future; it's also groundbreaking for introducing aliens as benevolent.
Halliwell*: "There's a lot of padding in this slender fantasy, which has less plot and much less suspense than It Came From Outer Space which was made on a tiny budget in 1955; but the technical effects are masterly though their exposure is over-prolonged, and the benevolent mysticism filled a current requirement of popular taste, accounting for the enormous box-office success of a basically flawed film. Much of the dialogue is inaudible."
Maltin****: "Superb, intelligent sci-fi...Dreyfuss is perfect Everyman...Powerhouse special effects throughout, plus John Williams' evocative score. Vilmos Zsigmond's won an Oscar."