Pardon me for getting personal for a second, but E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial was the first film I ever saw in a movie theater. I was five; I watched my first film on the big screen alongside my mother, my aunt and my cousin, and I cried at the end. I cried a lot. My mom sat with me through the credits rubbing my back until I calmed down, and now the entire world knows this. Good job Erik!
I tell this story because I cannot be the only one who was touched by this film, or the only one who didn't quite understand what sort of emotional impact a movie could have on a young, impressionable person when you let it consume every aspect of your being inside a darkened movie theater. When you're a little kid watching a movie on the big screen for the first time, there's nothing else in the world to think about except that movie -- no homework, around-the-house chores or girl crushes are going to prevent you from giving a movie your all, and that's what I gave Steven Spielberg's E.T. on that memorable afternoon.
Today E.T. turns 30 (released on June 11th, 1982), and as my first big-screen experience, this film will always hold a special place in my movie-loving heart. I look forward to the day when I can share this film with my kids for the first time, and I truly hope your memories of watching it are still as fresh and meaningful as mine.
In honor of E.T.'s 30th, here are some things you can watch, read, look at and listen to.
First, E.T. will arrive on Blu-ray this October to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Here's that trailer.
A great piece from Sean O'Connell: When Can I Watch E.T. with My Kids?
Watch the film's original trailer
Here's part one of The Making of E.T.
Nobody did the epic bike chase better than Spielberg. My favorite scene from the film ...
Everyone knows John Williams from his iconic Star Wars score, but his E.T. score will always be one of my favorites.
Finally, a few behind-the-scenes images
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