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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

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

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Cast

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Michael (as Robert Macnaughton)
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Tyler (as Tom Howell)
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Schoolboy (as David O'Dell)
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Science Teacher
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Policeman
Robert Barton ...
Ultra Sound Man
Michael Darrell ...
Van Man
David Berkson ...
Medical Unit (as David Berkson M.D.)
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Storyline

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

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The mystery. The suspense. The adventure. The call... that started it all. See more »

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Family | Sci-Fi

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

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11 June 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Boy's Life  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,223,110 (USA) (24 March 2002)

Gross:

$435,110,554 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Michael mentions the possibility of alligators in the sewers when Elliot insists he saw something in the shed. This urban legend inspired the film "Alligator" (1980), which was written by John Sayles. Coincidentally, Sayles also wrote the first draft of "Night Skies" for Steven Spielberg, a project that was ultimately aborted when Spielberg decided to make "E.T." instead. See more »

Goofs

Near the start when the family are having dinner together (the dad's in Mexico with Sally meal), Mum addresses Gertie as Drew. See more »

Quotes

[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

At the very end of the credits for the 2002 edition, the classic "When in Hollywood, visit Universal Studios" advertisement from the early 1980's is still retained. See more »


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Composed by Jenifer Smith
Performed by Jenifer Smith, Peter Meissner, Joe Scrima, and Bob Parr
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Powerful and unique
16 June 1999 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

Spielberg's powerful and remarkable film about a boy and his unusual befriendment of an extra terrestrial. Possibly his finest film, E.T. captures a piece of childhood, and reminds the rest of us of a time long since past. It excites a story adults often forget, and a powerful remembrance of a childhood friendship during difficult periods of development. Adult criticism of the movie loses its youthful bond, and fails to appreciate growing up in the 80's. This is the pinnacle of Spielberg's childhood movies. Few other films capture as powerful a message of childhood emotion. Other films which attempt to do so dive so deep into childhood memories they lose their connection with adults, and degrade to brief interludes of "dumb" comic relief to keep grown ups from falling asleep. The closest runner up is likely Goonies (a film written by Spielberg). A very personal film for Spielberg; as he explores atypical friendships after the separation of his father; he should be commended for achieving such a remarkable success and for sharing it with the rest of us. I was five when I first saw the movie, and although it frightened me at the time, it still makes me cry. An unparalleled film in its class, it is easy to see why it remains the fourth all time grossing film (adjusted for inflation, third otherwise) seventeen years after its release. Cheers to Spielberg for not ruining the movie by attempting a sequel.


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