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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


He is afraid. He is alone. He is three million light years from home. 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?


Steven Spielberg first approached Rick Baker about doing the designs for E.T. But Baker was too busy working with John Landis on An American Werewolf In London (1981). Spielberg next approached Chris Walas who also turned it down due to him working with David Cronenberg on Scanners (1981). Then Spielberg approached Rob Bottin who was working with John Carpenter on The Thing (1982). Spielberg finally went to Carlo Rambaldi whom Spielberg had worked with on Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977). Rambaldi quickly took the job on this movie. See more »


The street the boys turn onto during the chase when the boy says "we made it" isn't the same street as they had turned into. There should have been houses, but instead, there were just trees and cars. 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

In the 2002 special edition release, the movie opens with a sillouette of E.T. in basket with Elliot on bike flying in front of the Universal logo. See more »


Spoofed in The Goldbergs: Adam Spielberg (2018) See more »


People Who Died
Composed and Performed by Jim Carroll
Courtesy of Earl McGrath Music
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User Reviews

It's a Masterpiece
2 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

There are those times when all the forces at work come together and you have a masterpiece. This, of course, is a kids' movie. Obviously, it is so much more. It is a story of love and heart and character. To begin with, as a middle school teacher, I can attest to the wonderful casting and writing. It doesn't insult us. It shows us how a person who knows the heart of humanity (and that extends to the alien nation) can transcend cliché and put forth a beautiful story--but not a lightweight one by any means. The adults make up the periphery. The childlike quality of the lovable alien could only be appreciated and cared for by those who have not become as jaded as they. As soon as those adult figures show up, everyone is in trouble. Yet, for the most part, they have good intentions. The government agents are another issue. They bring force and death.

Who hasn't seen this. There are series of episodes that have become part of our cultural landscape. Words have been brought into our language. We speak along with Elliot and ET. Halloween, phoning home, frogs all over the lab, hiding in the closet among the stuffed animals, the bike ride where the bikes suddenly leave the ground, the touching of the finger and the heart. It's just magical. Sometimes when one sees a movie, one begins to say, "If only they had done this or that." I can't think of anything in this film. Why write this review. Just to include my two cents' worth.

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