E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Release Date: 1982

PG |1 hr 55 min

Plot Summary

After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas). Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie (Drew Barrymore), and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien.

Cast: Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Drew Barrymore, C. Thomas Howell, Robert MacNaughton, K.C. Martel, Sean Frye

Director: Steven Spielberg

Genres: Adventure , Science fiction , Children

Production Co: Universal Pictures

Keywords: Endearing , Friendship , 1980s , Mother , Emotional , Brother , Moving , Growing up , Rescue , Sister ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is a reminder of what movies are for. Most movies are not for any one thing, of course. Some are to make us think, some to make us feel, some to take us away from our problems, some to help us examine them. What is enchanting about "E.T." is that, in some measure, it does all of those things. [2002 re-release] show more

  • 100
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    If we approach the unfamiliar with fear and apprehension, we will be met with fear and apprehension. But if we approach with sympathy and curiosity, we will be rewarded with same. And our souls, not to mention our bicycles, will soar to the heavens. [2002 re-release] show more

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Steven Spielberg has done it again. He has created another instant American classic. show more

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Awards

Winner Sound Effects Editing
Nominated Film Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Winner Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Special Visual Effects
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982)
Winner Sound
Nominated Best Director - Motion Picture
Winner Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Direction
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Cinematography
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982)
Nominated Make-Up Artist
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982)
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Sound
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982)
Nominated Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982)
Nominated Best Picture
Winner Music (Original Score)
Winner Visual Effects
Nominated Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen)
Nominated Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982)
Winner Score
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982)
Nominated Most Outstanding Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982)
Nominated Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982)