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Close Encounters of the Third Kind Scene 1

Scene 1

Scene 1

  • A group of researchers, including French scientist Claude Lacombe and his interpreter, David Laughlin, arrive in the windswept Sonoran Desert in Mexico to investigate a mystery.
  • Officials have discovered Flight 19, a group of five U.S. Navy Avenger torpedo-bombers who disappeared on a training mission over the Bermuda triangle. (Source)
  • Why the bombers are in the Sonoran Desert in mint condition is a total mystery. They've got fuel in the tanks and family photos in the cockpits. When technicians turn on the ignition, they start right up.
  • Local officials bring Lacombe to an elderly man who says he witnessed the event. The man's face is sunburned.
  • Lacombe questions him, and the old man says the sun came out in the night and sang to him. Who wants to bet the sun is a Beatles fan?