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


While visiting the Earth at Night, a group of alien botanists is discovered and disturbed by an approaching human task force. Because of the more than hasty take-off, one of the visitors is left behind. The little alien finds himself all alone on a very strange planet. Fortunately, the extra-terrestrial soon finds a friend and emotional companion in 10-year-old Elliot, a lonely boy whose parents have separated. While E.T. slowly gets acquainted with Elliot's older brother Michael, his sister Gertie and the customs of Earth, members of the task force work day and night to track down the whereabouts of Earth's first visitor from outer space. The wish to go home again is strong in E.T., and after being able to communicate with Elliot and the others, E.T. starts building an improvised device to send a message home for his people to come and pick him up. But before long, E.T. gets seriously sick, and because of his special connection to Elliot, the young boy suffers, too. The situation ... Written by Julian Reischl <>

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The mystery. The suspense. The adventure. The call... that started it all. 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:

$11,911,430 (USA) (11 June 1982)


£1,737,374 (UK) (12 April 2002)

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(35 mm prints)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The story Elliot's mom reads to Gertie it's Peter Pan, 10 years later Steven Spielberg directed "Hook" a movie about Peter Pan. See more »


The size of the eye holes on E.T's ghost outfit change shape and size several times (most noticeable when Michael finds the abandoned outfit when he is looking for E.T.) 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 Cleveland Show: Fat and Wet (2010) See more »


Composed by Jenifer Smith
Performed by Jenifer Smith, Peter Meissner, Joe Scrima, Bob Parr
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~A Child's Fantasy, an Adult's Memory~
8 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Today when I was at my house alone, looking through my DVDs, trying to figure out which movie I should see for entertainment. I saw E.T and I hadn't seen it for nearly 3-4 years ago. I seen the film ever since I was 4 years old, so I wondering if I would still enjoy it when I'm an adult. As I was watching the film, I had this rush of nostalgia running through me, I was remembering the times when I was a kid with my family. The film didn't at all feel to childish to me, I was actually having a lot of fun, like I used to when I was a kid. This film has not aged at all since 30 years ago. This film is a truly timeless film, and will always be remembered. This is one of the best Steven Spielberg films. (And that is no easy task) A Timeless Classic 10/10

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