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Plot, Details & Awards

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

PG In Theaters 06/11/1982 , 115min.
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Plot & Details

Both a classic movie for kids and a remarkable portrait of childhood, E.T. is a sci-fi adventure that captures that strange moment in youth when the world is a place of mysterious possibilities (some wonderful, some awful), and the universe seems somehow separate from the one inhabited by grown-ups. Henry Thomas plays Elliott, a young boy living with his single mother (Dee Wallace), his older brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton), and his younger sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore). Elliott often seems lonely and out of sorts, lost in his own world. One day, while looking for something in the back yard, he senses something mysterious in the woods watching him. And he's right: an alien spacecraft on a scientific mission mistakenly left behind an aging botanist who isn't sure how to get home. Eventually Elliott puts his fears aside and makes contact with the "little squashy guy," perhaps the least threatening alien invader ever to hit a movie screen. As Elliott tries to keep the alien under wraps and help him figure out a way to get home, he discovers that the creature can communicate with him telepathically. Soon they begin to learn from each other, and Elliott becomes braver and less threatened by life. E.T. rigs up a communication device from junk he finds around the house, but no one knows if he'll be rescued before a group of government scientists gets hold of him. In 2002, Steven Spielberg re-released E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in a revised edition, with several deleted scenes restored and digitally refurbished special effects.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1982 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Kathleen Kennedy Nominated
1982 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Robert Glass Won
1982 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Carlo Rambaldi Won
1982 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Effects Charles L. Campbell Won
1982 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Melissa Mathison Nominated
1982 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Editing Carol Littleton Nominated
1982 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Steven Spielberg Nominated
1982 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score John Williams Won
1982 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Effects Ben Burtt Won
1982 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Kenneth Smith Won
1982 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Won
1982 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Allen Daviau Nominated
1982 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Visual Effects Dennis Muren Won
1982 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Gene S. Cantamessa Won
1982 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Sound Don Digirolamo Won
1982 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Steven Spielberg Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1982 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Anthony Asquith Award John Williams Won

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1982 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Director Steven Spielberg Nominated
1982 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Screenplay Melissa Mathison Nominated
1982 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Picture - Drama Won
1982 Hollywood Foreign Press Association New Star of the Year - Male Henry Thomas Nominated
1982 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Original Score John Williams Won

American Film Institute

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1998 American Film Institute 100 Greatest American Movies Won

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1982 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Anthony Asquith Award John Williams Won

Directors Guild of America

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1982 Directors Guild of America Best Director Steven Spielberg Nominated

Library of Congress

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1993 Library of Congress U.S. National Film Registry Won

Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1982 Los Angeles Film Critics Association New Generation Award Melissa Mathison Won
1982 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Director Steven Spielberg Won
1982 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Best Picture Won

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1982 National Board of Review Best Picture Nominated
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