E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was released on 11 June 1982. Directed by Steven Spielberg. The darling of 80s movies, it went into production with a budget of a mere $10.5 million. Revenue eventually topped at a staggering $793 million!

Official movie poster. Universal Pictures

The concept of the movie was born out of an imaginary friend Steven Spielberg created to deal with his parent’s divorce. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is simply one of the greatest films in cinema history, an iconic event of the decade. It remained the highest-grossing film until Spielberg’s very own Jurassic Park surpassed it.

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At the 55th Academy Awards, it won four Oscars. Best Original Score, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound, and Best Sound Editing. Filming was done from September to December 1981. Scenes were shot in no specific order, to create the best environment for the children actors to perform at their best.

The Movie

The Plot of the movie revolves around an Alien that is left behind by his crew, after having to flee in their spaceship. Hiding from the humans hunting him, he ends up in a shed of a suburban house on the outskirts of the forest. The family dog senses the presence of the creature outside in the shed and alarms Elliot (Henry Thomas), who wanders outside in the night to investigate. He throws a baseball into the shed, and when the ball is thrown back, he rushes back into the house.

Later Elliot discovers the little Alien and at first, reacted with terror. After calming down he lured the alien into the house with candy. Here Elliot finds it difficult to conceal his new find and shows the creature to his little sister (Drew Barrymore) and his older brother.

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Eventually, the situation calms down and the kids start to communicate with the alien, and the sister dresses him up. The next day Elliot pretends to be sick and stays at home to play with his new friend. It is now that he realizes the creature mimics his moves. When the children ask E.T. where he is from, he shows them by raising a couple of balls into mid-air, representing his solar system.

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Funny scenes

The next day E.T. is left home alone with the dog, where his telepathic connection with Elliot grows stronger. Influencing Elliot’s actions at school. E.T. wanders around the house, drinking beer and watching television. Miraculously avoiding the mother’s attention.

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That evening it was Halloween and Elliot and his alien friend goes to the forest, with a makeshift gadget to call home to his planet. Uttering the famous words “E.T. phone home” The next morning Elliot woke up in the forest alone, with E.T. gone. Elliot rushes home to his horrified mother.

Elliot’s friends in the meantime discover E.T. in a ditch, barely alive, and brings him to Elliot’s house. In the film, it is shown how government agents keep an eye on Elliot’s house. With both of them sick and dying at home, Elliot’s mother discovers the alien and panics. It is at this moment that government agents, (weirdly dressed in spacesuits), start to enter and take over the house.

To the forest

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In the lab set up next to the house, E.T. disconnects himself with Elliot and the boy starts to recover, while E.T. dies. The agents try to save him but he is declared dead. A sad Elliott is allowed to visit his dead friend, just to notice the flowers next to the bed are starting to come alive. An elated Elliot realizes that E.T. has somehow recovered and rips the plastic sheets off his body, revealing a babbling healthy E.T.

He sneaks E.T. out of the lab and with his friends on their BMX bicycles, takes E.T. to the forest to meet his mothership. The police try to stop them but E.T. uses his powers to lift the bicycles into the air. A famous scene to this day.

Saying goodbye

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Once in the forest, the spaceship appears from above and an emotional scene develops, where Elliot hugs E.T. Their ways part with E.T. tapping Elliot on the forehead with his glowing finger.

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Conclusion

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial by Steven Spielberg was a huge cinematic event. It laid the groundwork for films in this genre. Entering the eighties, the bar was set for sci-fi films and their directors. Henry Thomas was instantly hired by Spielberg at the audition, who was impressed by the boy’s acting talent. Seeing the movie in the cinemas back in 1982 was a memorable event. For its 20th anniversary in 2002, E.T. was re-released with enhanced visual effects and additional scenes.

The Cast

  • Dee Wallace as Mary
  • Henry Thomas as Elliott Taylor
  • Peter Coyote as Keys
  • Robert MacNaughton as Michael
  • Drew Barrymore as Gertie
  • K.C. Martel as Greg
  • C. Thomas Howell as Tyler
  • Sean Frye as Steve
  • Erika Eleniak as Pretty Girl
  • Pat Welsh as the voice of E.T.
  • Anne Lockhart as Nurse and Woman
  • Frank Welker as Raccoon

Movie trailer

This movie trailer is the original version of 35mm film as was shown in cinemas.

Reference

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – Wikipedia