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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Cast: Glenn H. Randall, Jr., Glenn H. Randall, Jr., Henry Thomas, more...
Director: Steven Spielberg, Steven Spielberg
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Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Kids, Science Fiction , Live Action
Languages: English, Spanish, French
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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This title is currently out of print.

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, All Movie Guide

This disc contains the E.T. 20th Anniversary edition Feature Film.

GreenCine Member Ratings

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Original Theatrical Version & Bonus Materials) (1982)
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Speilberg's worst by Chiend February 10, 2006 - 5:54 PM PST
0 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Maybe it was simply the way this film was over-marketed, or perhaps it's Spielberg's pathological fix on his childhood, but I found this box-office smash to be unintentionally funny and nauseatingly contrived. It was much like watching a two-hour TV commercial designed for slow-witted children and emotionally-deprived grown-ups who like to pretend they are adults. If your idea of worthwhile film fare is one where every aspect of its construction and presentation has been analyzed and test-marketed for the largest consumer demographic possible, then you're likely to enjoy this multi-million dollar ode to the almighty dollar. Otherwise, you might want to avoid this pretentious turkey at all costs.

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