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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.

Director:

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

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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.)
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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:

He is afraid. He is totally alone. He is 3 million light years from home. 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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Trivia

There are a few parallels to Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The "lead family" has two older boys and one younger girl. The family is on the verge of splitting up or has just split up. The lead male character is a loner. The lights on the alien ships (though the E.T. ship is much smaller) have certain similarities. Government agencies have the appearance of being evil but are mostly observers of the alien phenomenon. See more »

Goofs

Almost everything about the phases and appearance of the moon is wrong for the northern hemisphere. 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

The 30th Anniversary Blu-Ray edition restores the footage with guns. See more »


Soundtracks

Twilight Zone (Main Title)
(uncredited)
from the CBS series The Twilight Zone (1959)
Written by Marius Constant
Sung A Cappella by Robert MacNaughton, Sean Frye, C. Thomas Howell, and K.C. Martel
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Powerful and unique
16 June 1999 | by rattydukesSee all my reviews

Spielberg's powerful and remarkable film about a boy and his unusual befriendment of an extra terrestrial. Possibly his finest film, E.T. captures a piece of childhood, and reminds the rest of us of a time long since past. It excites a story adults often forget, and a powerful remembrance of a childhood friendship during difficult periods of development. Adult criticism of the movie loses its youthful bond, and fails to appreciate growing up in the 80's. This is the pinnacle of Spielberg's childhood movies. Few other films capture as powerful a message of childhood emotion. Other films which attempt to do so dive so deep into childhood memories they lose their connection with adults, and degrade to brief interludes of "dumb" comic relief to keep grown ups from falling asleep. The closest runner up is likely Goonies (a film written by Spielberg). A very personal film for Spielberg; as he explores atypical friendships after the separation of his father; he should be commended for achieving such a remarkable success and for sharing it with the rest of us. I was five when I first saw the movie, and although it frightened me at the time, it still makes me cry. An unparalleled film in its class, it is easy to see why it remains the fourth all time grossing film (adjusted for inflation, third otherwise) seventeen years after its release. Cheers to Spielberg for not ruining the movie by attempting a sequel.


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Country:

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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:

$793,482,178
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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