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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

PG | | Family, Sci-Fi | 11 June 1982 (USA)
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A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.


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Won 4 Oscars. Another 47 wins & 34 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael (as Robert Macnaughton)
Tyler (as Tom Howell)
David M. O'Dell ...
Schoolboy (as David O'Dell)
Richard Swingler ...
Science Teacher
Frank Toth ...
Robert Barton ...
Ultra Sound Man
Michael Darrell ...
David Berkson ...
Medical Unit (as David Berkson M.D.)


After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott. Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie, and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien. Written by Jwelch5742

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A Steven Spielberg film See more »


Family | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language and mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

11 June 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Boy's Life  »


Box Office


$10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,835,389, 13 June 1982, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$792,910,554, 31 December 2002
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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

(35 mm prints)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Peter Coyote's character's name is never revealed, and is referred to as "Keys" in the novelization and end credits because he is identified by wearing a key-chain in the first half of the movie. See more »


One of the boys moves his lips in sync with Elliot's line, "Nobody go out there." See more »


[first lines]
Steve: [reading dice] Five.
Michael: Oh, great.
Steve: So you got an arrow right in your chest.
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Crazy Credits

The Universal logo is run backwards in the original 1982 cut. See more »


Referenced in Isang platitong mani (1985) See more »


Twilight Zone (Main Title)
Written by Marius Constant
Sung A Cappella by Robert MacNaughton, Sean Frye, C. Thomas Howell, and K.C. Martel
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User Reviews

I love this film and believe that it is as timeless as it gets.
12 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is Spielberg at his best. That is all I can say about E.T. IT's gripping, intelligent story mixed with its incredible symbolism makes it one of the best films ever made. E.T. is a story about friendship, loyalty, and family. But most of all it is about love, and how powerful love is. The brilliantly innovative shots mixed with John William's epic score makes for a masterpiece, which E.T. certainly is. The underlying theme of science vs. religion is also what makes the film great. All of these things mesh together to form the film that "touched millions of people around the world." Everything about this film is great. Steven Spielberg pulls off some legendary shots, and the acting from the children is excellent. It makes the film truly real. Henry Thomas as Elliot is great. Drew Barrymoore is so cute throughout he whole film and she captures the audience every time she appears on screen. Peter Coyote does great with the minimal screen time they chose to give him. The relationship between E.T. and Elliot can be marked as one of the greatest friendships in Hollywood history, and if you have not seen this film I urge you to rent it or see it somehow as soon as possible. If you want to see why everyone raves about Spielberg being the greatest director of all time see this film. It truly shows him at his best. It will not only make you laugh and make you smile, but it will touch your heart deeper than any movie has touched you before. E.T. will go down as one of the greatest films as all time. Its timelessness is one of a kind. Forget what you hear about it being overrated. See it for yourself and understand why this film is apart of a small collection of films that will stay in our hearts forever and ever.

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