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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 <julianreischl@mac.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He is afraid. He is totally alone. He is 3 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:

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


£1,737,374 (UK) (12 April 2002)

Company Credits

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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 shot most of the film from the eye-level of a child to further connect with Elliot and E.T. See more »


In the 20th Aniversary Edition, when Eliott is showing E.T. the bathroom and is then on the phone with his mother, the Coke can changes designs. At first, it is the older version from 1982, then it changes to the updated 2002 can design. It switches back and forth for the entire length of the scene. 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 Der Wixxer (2004) See more »


Accidents Will Happen
Composed by Elvis Costello
Courtesy of Plangent Visions Music Inc., © 1978
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User Reviews

Still Blows Me Away to this Day
7 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

E.T. is one of my all time favorite movies. This movie blew me out of my seat as a kid, and still kills me every time I watch it. Only four or five movies have made me cry, much less sob uncontrollably. When I returned from seeing E.T. for the first time, I couldn't talk for the rest of the day. I laid in my bed and cried for about five hours.

The movie still makes tears well up in my eyes and gives me a lump in my throat. I still find it profoundly moving. It's heart-breakingly sad, yet phenomenally uplifting at the same time. I had no idea a movie could be so powerful when I saw this in the movies for the first time when I was eleven.

What I think makes E.T. so powerful for me now is the heart-wrenching way it has of making me long to be a kid again. I refuse to ever completely grow up, and my memories are my own, but man does this movie make me wish I was eleven again, when riding my bike was a pleasure, Matchbox cars were the greatest thing in the world, Halloween was a night of mystery and creepy fun I looked forward to all year, going to the movies was an adventure, and looking up at the stars could be a mind-blowing experience.

E.T. keeps those feeling alive for me. So do a lot of other things, but E.T. is the champ. As much as my cynical adult side may want to slap Steven Spielberg around sometimes, I would happily give him a hug for his timeless gift to the world, E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL.

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