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


Steven Spielberg
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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.)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He is afraid. He is alone. He is three 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 »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


In the Halloween scene, Elliott, E.T. and Michael walk past as a child whom is dressed up as Yoda from Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). In Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) E.T.'s people are briefly seen in the Galactic Senate. Although George Lucas wrote it as a nod to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). It's possible E.T. and Star Wars could be set in the universe as Star Wars is set "A long time ago in a galaxy far far away" and it could explain E.T.'s reaction when E.T. sees the child dressed up as Yoda and that E.T. may had known Yoda. See more »


When Elliott and his brother first try to drive away in the government van and are caught, the agents crowd around and in front of the truck. But moments later the van drives off easily with no one in front of it. 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 animates backwards in the original 1982 cut. See more »

Alternate Versions

In March 2002 was released a special 20th Anniversary edition (with a digitally remixed soundtrack, additional footage and computer-generated enhancements to existing scenes). It includes the following changes:
  • a new, CGI-enhanced scene showing E.T. and Elliot taking a bath together. The scene was originally scrapped because Spielberg thought the animatronic effects weren't up to par;
  • for the "E.T. phone home" dialogue scenes, CGI has been used to make E.T.'s lips movement match the words more closely;
  • a longer version of the Halloween sequence;
  • for the first of the film's two flying sequences, the cape of Elliot's Halloween costume is digitally added onto him, so it can flap in the wind as he and E.T. fly on their bicycle through the forest and past the moon. This was done to bring what Spielberg originally envisioned for this scene to fruition, and to make it look accurate to the famous silhouette's appearances on the film's iconic poster and the logo of Spielberg's production company, Amblin Entertainment. The original reason why the cape didn't appear in this scene in the original 1982 cut was never given.
  • in the original release, the government agents pursuing E.T. and Elliot had weapons in their hands: the new edition digitally replaces them with walkie-talkies;
  • changes in dialogue: Elliot's mother's prohibition to go trick-or-treating dressed as "a terrorist" has been changed to "a hippie".
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Composed by Jenifer Smith
Performed by Jenifer Smith, Peter Meissner, Joe Scrima, and Bob Parr
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User Reviews

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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Release Date:

11 June 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Boy's Life See more »


Box Office


$10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,835,389, 13 June 1982

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Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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