A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

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Steven Spielberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dee Wallace ... Mary
Henry Thomas ... Elliott
Peter Coyote ... Keys
Robert MacNaughton ... Michael (as Robert Macnaughton)
Drew Barrymore ... Gertie
K.C. Martel ... Greg
Sean Frye ... Steve
C. Thomas Howell ... Tyler (as Tom Howell)
Erika Eleniak ... Pretty Girl
David M. O'Dell David M. O'Dell ... Schoolboy (as David O'Dell)
Richard Swingler Richard Swingler ... Science Teacher
Frank Toth Frank Toth ... Policeman
Robert Barton Robert Barton ... Ultra Sound Man
Michael Darrell Michael Darrell ... Van Man
David Berkson 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Family | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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

When Gertie is waiting with the bike at the rendezvous, the sun is just about to set behind the mountains. Yet there is still plenty of daylight for the Halloween street scenes. The sun is then shown much higher above a smaller foothill. Finally, when the kids and E.T. meet up at the bicycle, the sun has just dropped below the mountain peak. 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 animates backwards in the original 1982 cut. See more »

Alternate Versions

On the VHS version when E.T. is watching the Tom and Jerry cartoon, he gasps and starts yelling. The original version and 20th anniversary have him scream like he's scared after the gasp. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Angry Video Game Nerd: The Movie (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Papa Oom Mow Mow
(1977)
Written by Al Frazier, John Harris, Carl White, and Turner Wilson Jr.
Published by Beechwood Music
Performed by The Persuasions [Herbert Rhoad, Jayotis Washington, Jerry Lawson, Jimmy Hayes and Joe Russell (all as The Persuasions)]
from their album "Chripin'"
Courtesy of Elektra Records
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One of my best childhood memories ever!!
15 November 2019 | by buksieaSee all my reviews

There's honestly nothing bad I can say about this movie. I loved ET when I was a little child and now at 39 I still love the movie!! Everytime I watch this MOVIE it makes me feel like a little kid again. It's very entertaining sweet and cool. Still there is one thing I have to mention. Steven Spielberg brought out a special DVD version of this movie. Which is called ET the special edition. It's still the same fabulous movie we all know. They just improved on 12% of the special effects and also included a never-before-seen fun and interesting scene where you learn ET can breathe underwater. It is an absolute must buy if you are a big fan of this movie. I will love this movie till the day I die. I always wished Spielberg had made a very emotional and cool sequel.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Boy's Life See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,835,389, 13 June 1982

Gross USA:

$435,110,554

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$792,910,554
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)| DTS (DTS: X)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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