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CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
OF THE THIRD KIND

WYOMING
Filming Locations —

Devils Tower National Monument, Crook County.

Moorcroft, Crook County.


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Filming Locations —

Burbank, Los Angeles County: The shots of the police cars chasing UFO lights was shot here.

El Mirage, San Bernardino County: El Mirage Dry Lake.

Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County.

Palmdale, Los Angeles County: Air traffic control center.

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These shots were possibly filmed in or near Moorcroft, WY, about 35 miles south of Devil's Tower.
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Devil's Tower National Monument is in the northeastern corner of Wyoming, off Highways 14 and 24, north of Hwy 90.
Please e-mail me if you can identify any specific roads, trails, or locations in the above pictures.
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These are all special-effects shots combining Devil's Tower footage with the government workers and the alien spaceships.
The scenes at the makeshift base where the aliens made first contact were filmed inside a hangar in Mobile, AL.
On the fourth picture, notice R2D2 from Star Wars hanging upside down on the mothership!

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
CAST: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Teri Garr, Melinda Dillon, Bob Balaban, J. Patrick McNamara, Roberts Blossom, Cary Guffey, Lance Henriksen, Howard K. Smith....
WRITER: Hal Barwood, Jerry Belson, John Hill, Matthew Robbins, Steven Spielberg
PRODUCER: Clark L. Paylow, Julia Phillips, Michael Phillips
DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg
PRODUCTION DESIGNER: Joe Alves
CINEMATOGRAPHER: William A. Fraker, Douglas Slocombe, Vilmos Zsigmond
EDITOR: Michael Kahn
LOCATIONS DEPARTMENT: Joe O'Har

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