PG | | Family, Sci-Fi
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.
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!"
Michael: Oh, great.
Steve: So you got an arrow right in your chest.
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.
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.
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:
$14,223,110 (USA) (24 March 2002)