Have you recently had a close encounter?

David Laughlin

Air Traffic Controller: AirEast 31, do you wish to file a report of any kind to us?
AirEast Pilot: [over radio] I wouldn't know what kind of report to file, Center.

He says the sun came out last night. He says it sang to him.

Project Leader

David Laughlin: Who flies crates like these anymore?
Project Leader: No one. These planes were reported missing in 1945.

[on the police inquiring about her son] They asked me if I'd seen any strangers in the neighborhood.

Jillian Guiler

Is that it? Is that all you're gonna ask me? Well I got a couple of thousand goddamn questions, you know. I want to speak to someone in charge. I want to lodge a complaint. You have no right to make people crazy! You think I investigate every Walter Cronkite story there is? Huh? If this is just nerve gas, how come I know everything in such detail? I've never been here before. How come I know so much? What the hell is going on around here? Who the hell are you people?

Roy Neary

David Laughlin: We didn't choose this place! We didn't choose these people! They were invited!
Claude Lacombe: They belong here more than we.

Roy Neary: I wanna speak to the man in charge.
David Laughlin: Mr. Lacombe is the highest authority.
Roy Neary: He isn't even an American.

You can't fool us by agreeing with us.

Roy Neary

Hey! This is not your toy to play with every time I turn around!

Ronnie Neary

That's a 2,500 dollar globe! What are you guys doing?


[to Roy Neary] I envy you.

Claude Lacombe

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind Quotes

Major Walsh, it is an event sociologique.

Claude Lacombe

Brad Neary: I don't understand these fractions.
Roy Neary: What's one third of sixty?
Brad Neary: That's a fraction, I don't understand them.
Roy Neary: Alright, let's say that this boxcar is sixty feet long, OK?, and one third of it is across this switch here, alright... And now another train is coming... Now, how far do you have to move this boxcar so that the other train doesn't smash it? Quickly Brad, there are thousands of lives at stake... Brad any answer...