E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

PG   |    |  Family, Sci-Fi


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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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12 December 2005 | TylerVanP
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| I love this film and believe that it is as timeless as it gets.
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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Did You Know?

Trivia

A Wile E. Coyote stuffed animal can be seen briefly in this film. In Spielberg's "The Sugarland Express," the main characters watch the Road Runner and Coyote cartoon "Whoa, Be-Gone!"


Quotes

Steve: Five.
Michael: Oh, great.
Steve: So you got an arrow right in your chest.


Goofs

When Elliot thinks E.T. is dying, and is talking to him through the window of the box, the towel that is wrapped around Elliot keeps changing position - sometimes it is wrapped tightly around his neck, and other times it reveals a bit of his left side.


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.


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;
  • 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".


Soundtracks

Twilight Zone (Main Title)
(uncredited)
Written by
Marius Constant
Sung A Cappella by Robert MacNaughton, Sean Frye, C. Thomas Howell, and K.C. Martel

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