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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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Michael (as Robert Macnaughton)
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Tyler (as Tom Howell)
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Schoolboy (as David O'Dell)
Richard Swingler ...
Science Teacher
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Policeman
Robert Barton ...
Ultra Sound Man
Michael Darrell ...
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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He is afraid. He is totally alone. He is 3 million light years from home. See more »

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Family | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$435,110,554

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$792,910,554, 31 December 2002
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Dee Wallace, Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas had all just starred in big thrillers right before this. Dee Wallace was in The Howling (1981), Drew Barrymore was in Altered States (1980) and Henry Thomas was in Raggedy Man (1981). See more »

Goofs

[20th Anniversary edition] When E.T. is eating potato salad and drinking beer in front of the refrigerator during the scene when he is alone at home, the shadow of his head cast on the fridge door is that of the original puppet, not the CGI head. 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

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

Connections

Referenced in Particka: Episode #2.3 (2011) See more »

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Willie
Composed by Jenifer Smith
Performed by Jenifer Smith, Peter Meissner, Joe Scrima, and Bob Parr
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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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