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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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Steven Spielberg
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Won 4 Oscars. Another 48 wins & 35 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Story that Touched the World! (1985 re-release) See more »

Genres:

Family | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$435,110,554

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$792,910,554, 31 December 2002
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Divorce and absent fathers are common tropes in Spielberg's films, including this one. See more »

Goofs

Gertie's hamburger changes size, and eventually disappears (inconsistent with her eating it). 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 »

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 Film 2017: Episode #44.10 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

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

 
I should be in the nines!
8 May 2004 | by JohnBoyRoySee all my reviews

Firstly, I cant believe that poor old E.T. isn't getting a better showing in the rankings than the high sevens - its a beautiful gem of a film and deserves to be at least a high eight.

Anyway, this is one of those films made by Spielberg that helps to cement his status as the premiere fairy tale teller of all (film) time.

The simple premise that not all aliens want to rip out our spines of lay chest bursters inside us a kill all our friends is a concept that has not been returned to since (apart from the dismal Cocoon).

This is probably because nobody will ever be able to recreate the intense emotional journey that Spielberg has portrayed. THe heart wrenching scenes between Elliot and E.T. at the end of the film will go to prove the exqisitely realised genuinity of the love and friendship that develops and actually exists (I mean that Henry Thomas - ELiiot - came to love the puppet as if he were real) is what makes everything in life worth it.

Full of warm moments, clever touches and humour, E.T. is an absolutely essential watch for all fim fans.

Timeless. 9/10


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