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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial Details

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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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:June 11, 1982

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Robert Knudson Best Sound 1982 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ben Burtt Best Sound Effects 1982 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Allen Daviau Best Cinematography 1982 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Henry Thomas New Star of the Year - Male 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Kathleen Kennedy Best Picture 1982 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts John Williams Anthony Asquith Award 1982 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association John Williams Best Original Score 1982 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Williams Best Original Score 1982 Winner
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Steven Spielberg Best Director 1982 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Steven Spielberg Best Director 1982 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Steven Spielberg Best Director 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Steven Spielberg Best Director 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Steven Spielberg Best Picture 1982 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Melissa Mathison New Generation Award 1982 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Melissa Mathison Best Screenplay 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Melissa Mathison Best Original Screenplay 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Carlo Rambaldi Best Visual Effects 1982 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Carol Littleton Best Editing 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dennis Muren Best Visual Effects 1982 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Don Digirolamo Best Sound 1982 Winner

Cast

Henry Thomas
as Elliott
Dee Wallace
as Mary
Peter Coyote
as Keys
Robert MacNaughton
as Michael
Drew Barrymore
as Gertie
Debra Winger
as E.T. [uncredited]
K.C. Martel
as Greg
Sean Frye
as Steve
Erika Eleniak
as Pretty girl
Richard Swingler
as Science teacher
Frank Toth
as Policeman
Robert Barton
as Ultra sound man
Michael Durrell
as Van Man
Tamara de Treaux
as Special E.T. Movement
C. Thomas Howell
as Tyler

Crew

Steven Spielberg
Director
Steven Spielberg
Producer
Kathleen Kennedy
Producer
Melissa Mathison
Screenwriter
Allen Daviau
Cinematographer
Angela Morley
Musical Arrangement
John Williams
Composer (Music Score)
Carol Littleton
Editor
James D. Bissell
Production Designer
Melissa Mathison
Associate Producer
Jackie Carr
Set Designer
Jim Teegarden
Set Designer
Deborah L. Scott
Costume Designer
Carlo Rambaldi
Special Effects
John Connor
Camera Operator
Wallace Worsley, Jr.
Production Manager
Frank Marshall
Production Manager
Mike Fenton
Casting
Marci Liroff
Casting
Dennis Muren
Special Effects Supervisor
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