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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

PG | | Family, Sci-Fi | 11 June 1982 (USA)
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

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Cast

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Michael (as Robert Macnaughton)
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Tyler (as Tom Howell)
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Schoolboy (as David O'Dell)
Richard Swingler ...
Science Teacher
Frank Toth ...
Policeman
Robert Barton ...
Ultra Sound Man
Michael Darrell ...
Van Man
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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He is afraid. He is totally alone. He is 3 million light years from home. See more »

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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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11 June 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Boy's Life  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$14,223,110 (USA) (24 March 2002)

Gross:

$435,110,554 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film is ranked as #6 on AFI's 100 Years...100 Cheers, and as #3 on the AFI's top 10 science fiction films. See more »

Goofs

When the plastic hallway with the scientists in it detaches from the speeding van, the ramp that was seen in the shots before is gone. 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

At the very end of the credits for the 2002 edition, the classic "When in Hollywood, visit Universal Studios" advertisement from the early 1980's is still retained. See more »

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Referenced in Swiss Army Man (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Accidents Will Happen
Composed by Elvis Costello
Sung A Cappella by Robert MacNaughton (uncredited)
Courtesy of Plangent Visions Music Inc., © 1978
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I love this film and believe that it is as timeless as it gets.
12 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is Spielberg at his best. That is all I can say about E.T. IT's gripping, intelligent story mixed with its incredible symbolism makes it one of the best films ever made. E.T. is a story about friendship, loyalty, and family. But most of all it is about love, and how powerful love is. The brilliantly innovative shots mixed with John William's epic score makes for a masterpiece, which E.T. certainly is. The underlying theme of science vs. religion is also what makes the film great. All of these things mesh together to form the film that "touched millions of people around the world." Everything about this film is great. Steven Spielberg pulls off some legendary shots, and the acting from the children is excellent. It makes the film truly real. Henry Thomas as Elliot is great. Drew Barrymoore is so cute throughout he whole film and she captures the audience every time she appears on screen. Peter Coyote does great with the minimal screen time they chose to give him. The relationship between E.T. and Elliot can be marked as one of the greatest friendships in Hollywood history, and if you have not seen this film I urge you to rent it or see it somehow as soon as possible. If you want to see why everyone raves about Spielberg being the greatest director of all time see this film. It truly shows him at his best. It will not only make you laugh and make you smile, but it will touch your heart deeper than any movie has touched you before. E.T. will go down as one of the greatest films as all time. Its timelessness is one of a kind. Forget what you hear about it being overrated. See it for yourself and understand why this film is apart of a small collection of films that will stay in our hearts forever and ever.


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