PG | | Family, Sci-Fi
A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.
Initially developed at Columbia, who ultimately decided to pass on the film, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) was ultimately made at Universal. Nevertheless - and very ironically - because Columbia had a 5% stake in the film, it was their biggest hit of 1982.
Michael: Oh, great.
Steve: So you got an arrow right in your chest.
When Mary reads "Peter Pan" to Gertie, there's a view of her silhouette on the closet door slats. Her lips don't match the narration.
The Universal logo is run backwards in the original 1982 cut.
Both versions were included on the Special Edition DVD that followed the 2002 theatrical re-release. The film was reissued on video in 2005 with a disc containing only the 20th Anniversary cut. This version was the only available release until the 2012 Blu-Ray which featured the original theatrical cut, presumably due to Spielberg regretting having ever re-edited the film in the first place.
$14,223,110 (USA) (24 March 2002)