Picks and Pans Review: Close Encounters of the Third Kind

updated 03/14/1983 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/14/1983 01:00AM

ABC (8-11 p.m. ET)

An infectiously childlike sense of wonder pervades director Steven (E.T.) Spielberg's genial sci-fi fantasy, featuring Richard Dreyfuss, Melinda Dillon and 4-year-old Cary Guffey as Mid-westerners whose mundane lives are altered by the arrival of a swarm of benign extraterrestrials. The actors are uniformly fine, but the real stars are the dazzling special effects, developed by Douglas Trumbull and his team, which helped propel the box office receipts of this 1977 film into hyperspace.

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