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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>

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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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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


| (extended)

Sound Mix:

(35 mm prints)


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the 20th anniversary re-release premier, John Williams conducted a live orchestra as the film played, much like an orchestra would do for a stage musical. See more »


When Elliot and E. T. have finished saying goodbye, Dee Wallace can be seen in the background rising to her feet (next to "keys"). The next shot is from a medium distance, and Wallace is once again shown rising to her feet. 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 »


Spoofed in American Dad!: Homeland Insecurity (2005) See more »


People Who Died
Composed and Performed by Jim Carroll
Courtesy of Earl McGrath Music
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Frequently Asked Questions

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User Reviews

Sheer Brilliance
10 January 2004 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw E.T was at the age of 12 and I cried. Really cried. Six years later, I still cry at it. The ability of this film to pull emotions out of you is unlike most films we see today.

As many of the users have said, this is a film made for children and it achieves this brilliantly.

I do feel as well that it targets adults, returnign them to their innocence. The time of our lives when mothing was impossible and everything had goodness in it. In modern times it is all too often seen that children are desperate to become adults and lose their innocence far too quickly. This story in which S.S developed helps adults to return to that time.

I would give this film 11/10. Anyone who feels that it is not heart warming and emotional, I think have been watching a totally different film!!!!!

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