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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 <>

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)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


When it was test-screened at the Cannes Film Festival as an unofficial entry, it brought the house down, receiving a standing ovation that had eluded most of the official entries. See more »


After ET has apparently died, one of the medical staff is dictating a report and says; "Cardiac arrest was terminated at 1500 hours and 36 minutes". "Cardiac arrest" is a way of saying that the heart has stopped, so it makes no sense to stay that cardiac arrest had been terminated. The line should have been either; "Cardiac arrest occurred at 1500 hours and 36 minutes" or "Cardiac activity terminated at 1500 hours and 36 minutes". 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

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


References The Day of the Triffids (1963) See more »


Composed by Jenifer Smith
Performed by Jenifer Smith, Peter Meissner, Joe Scrima, Bob Parr
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Fly him to the moon
19 May 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Back in 1982 when ET first came out a patron of the library I work at told me that I HAD TO SEE THIS MOVIE,and to take a box of tissues with me. Bear in mind that this gentleman was a very urbane,if somewhat cynical college professor. Not the type I would have expected to recommend a film so highly. I took his advise. THANK YOU HOWARD. Next to "The day the earth stood still" ET ranks as my favorite sci-fi film of all time. The newly inhanced version is excellent too. Henry Thomas is delightful and the middle child ,Elliott who find and befriends ET. He is not "too cute",but gives a terrific performance,especially when ET telepathically makes him drunk.The end of the movie still makes me cry,maybe not a whole box of tissues worth by now,but there is just something about ET and Elliott's good bye that tears me up.The two principle adults, Dee Wallace(Stone) and Peter Coyote are good too. Coyote, who is only known as "Keys" is in some respects almost as innocent as Elliott, and you wish that he had been able to have more contact with ET. Although the scenes where the house is being sealed off is frightening, it still works. The scene where Elliot and his brother steal the van is priceless when older brother comes out with the memorable line "I've never driven forward before!" I am planning to buy this on DVD as soon as possible. ET,you can phone my home or visit any time

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