Shooting Stars in Steven Spielberg Movies

Celebrity Q&A, People
on May 18, 2008

I've noticed shooting stars in at least three movies directed by Steven Spielberg—Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Saving Private Ryan. Coincidence?
—Alison Rendosa, Cumming, Ga.

Actually, almost every Spielberg movie features a scene with a shooting star streaking quietly across the night sky. Many movie buffs consider the blink-or-you'll-miss-it meteorite moments one of his cinematic signatures, and they examine his movies shot-by-shot to find them. In his 1996 biography of the Oscar-winning director, John Baxter says Spielberg's lifetime fascination with shooting stars began when he witnessed a spectacular meteor shower as a child.