ET - The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

ET - The Extra-Terrestrial
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Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors: Peter Coyote, Drew Barrymore, Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace-Stone, Robert MacNaughton

A little lost alien, three million light years away from home. A lonely ten-year old boy willing to take him home. Two lives changed by a timeless adventure and a friendship that knows no earthly bounds.

DVD
Status: LongWait
Run time: 115mins
Origin: UNITED STATES
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 16:9 Enhanced
Audio Formats: Dutch Dolby Digital 5.1 English Alternate Audio Dolby Digital 5.1 English Dolby Digital 5.1 English dts 5.1
Subtitles: Dutch, English for the Hearing Impaired
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
by Glenn Dunks,

Sometimes films are flash in the pan successes, forgotten by the masses that had embraced them just one year earlier. (What will happen to Frozen?) And then there are movies like Steven Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial; films that defy what Hollywood studios believe makes a successful family feature. The viewer isn’t bombarded with elaborate special effects, nor are they assaulted with rapid-fire editing and references designed to appear hip and cutting edge. Rather, Spielberg’s childhood classic is a success because of that most old-fashioned of filmmaking technique: it’s a good story well told. Elliott (Henry Thomas) is a regular ten-year-old boy whose life takes a turn for the extraordinary when he discovers an alien in his backyard. Keeping the diminutive, odd-looking creature...

Sometimes films are flash in the pan successes, forgotten by the masses that had embraced them just one year earlier. (What will happen to Frozen?) And then there are movies like Steven Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial; films that defy what Hollywood studios believe makes a successful family feature. The viewer isn’t bombarded with elaborate special effects, nor are they assaulted with rapid-fire editing and references designed to appear hip and cutting edge. Rather, Spielberg’s childhood classic is a success because of that most old-fashioned of filmmaking technique: it’s a good story well told.

Elliott (Henry Thomas) is a regular ten-year-old boy whose life takes a turn for the extraordinary when he discovers an alien in his backyard. Keeping the diminutive, odd-looking creature under wraps, his secret is quickly discovered by sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore) and brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton) who must keep the beer-drinking, John Wayne-watching, Reese’s Pieces-eating extra-terrestrial from being uncovered by their mother (Dee Wallace) and the government officials (led by Peter Coyote) getting closer and closer to unveiling the intruder in their midst.

While there is a fair helping of nostalgia that goes along with watching any picture from one’s childhood, this 1982 classic truly has stood the test of time. There’s more here than simply childhood memories. Rather, aside from Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. remains Spielberg’s finest demonstration of his ability to merge the feelings of suburban dissatisfaction – alienation, if you will – that permeates a lot of his work, with a unique sense of childhood wonder and imagination, topped off with the mature, mainstream polish that has made his movies so popular across the generations.

That children - both the characters and the audience - aren’t treated as idiots by E.T. is one of its strongest assets. They are not handled with kid gloves to the realities of death, and the concept of friends leaving our lives is one that continues to resonate no matter the viewer’s age. The film looks beautiful, a remnant of another (some would say simpler) blockbuster era, and the performances are elegant and charming. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial continues to dazzle for young and old.

5/5

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Member Reviews (32)

Annie
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Really enjoyed watching this again - also had a bit of a laugh at how firmly set in the 80s it was. The kids enjoyed it although they only watched it once. It was a well made movie and is still watchable
Posted Tuesday, 26 March 2013 See my other reviews
kylie
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we loved it we cried
Posted Tuesday, 22 January 2013 See my other reviews
I NEED MORE MOVIES
Posted Sunday, 16 September 2012 See my other reviews
Dean
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Good movie especially for younger kids. Starting to get outdated slightly but a few explanations and the kids understand easily.
Posted Thursday, 3 May 2012 See my other reviews
Marcie
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Pretty long and pointless movie. Never liked it, not even when I was young.
Posted Wednesday, 25 April 2012 See my other reviews
Josh
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A classic Spielberg film and a nice piece of science fiction and 80s nostalgia. E.T. is a family film that I'd recommend to just about anyone!
Posted Wednesday, 7 March 2012 See my other reviews
talia
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im 12 and i only saw it last year hahaha
Posted Tuesday, 14 February 2012 See my other reviews
nette
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a really fantastic movie for its time!
Posted Monday, 16 January 2012 See my other reviews
Stuart
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I was a kid when this was first released and never wanted to see it, after nearly 30 years I finally saw it - I was right as a kid. What a waste of time.
Posted Wednesday, 30 November 2011 See my other reviews
Kim
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Saw it as a Kid back in the 80's, watched it again with my own kids - still as moving and tear jerking as the first time :)
Posted Friday, 19 August 2011 See my other reviews
Linda
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Kids loved the movie timeless
Posted Monday, 20 July 2009 See my other reviews
Pork-Soda
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Best movie ever made !!!
Posted Monday, 11 February 2008 See my other reviews
Posted Saturday, 1 December 2007 See my other reviews
Tania H.
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it brings back lots of beautiful memories that have now been passed onto my children
Posted Tuesday, 14 August 2007 See my other reviews
Hazel L.
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Posted Wednesday, 23 May 2007 See my other reviews
animalmm
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good old classic i don't know which was the most enjoyable me enjoying the movie or my grand children watching a movie i watched when i was young good on you bigpond for bringing back valued memories. neville
Posted Wednesday, 21 February 2007 See my other reviews
Kerry B.
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This one a little ripper...first seen on big screen 30 years ago...drew barrymore..about 6 years old ....my nieces/nephew and kids ..who i took to see the movie then and are in their 40s...and have own children THIS IS A MUST SEE FOR ALL KIDS ....BIG AND SMALL...LOVED IT...BOUGHT IT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Posted Thursday, 8 February 2007 See my other reviews
Beverley B.
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It was an excellent movie
Posted Wednesday, 17 January 2007 See my other reviews
Martin B.
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If you have to read the reviews to see how good this movie is, what planet have you been on ? It's great to see the mini-me Drew Barrymore again.
Posted Thursday, 11 January 2007 See my other reviews
John R.
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Barbara S.
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Posted Thursday, 21 September 2006 See my other reviews
Paul G.
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Classic Sci-Fi movie about the Alien who wanted to phone home. I saw this when it first came out as a kid myself and just recently with my daughter who loved it as I did all those years ago. Show's it has timeless appeal.
Posted Friday, 21 April 2006 See my other reviews
Kerry Schulstad
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One of the all time classics. Gotta rent it today. My kids 4 and 9 love it and so do I.
Posted Tuesday, 25 January 2005 See my other reviews
Anthony Gavin
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My children 4 & 8 yrs enjoyed it! My 10yr was amazed to see a very young Drew Barrymore. It's a classic movie, worth a revisit
Posted Wednesday, 5 January 2005 See my other reviews
Terry Gribbin
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Liked it first time twenty years ago and still love it now.
Posted Monday, 6 December 2004 See my other reviews
Kylie S
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Classic!!
Posted Saturday, 20 November 2004 See my other reviews
Wayne King
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Posted Thursday, 11 November 2004 See my other reviews
Nigel Rose
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Posted Tuesday, 28 September 2004 See my other reviews
Greg Stone
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A nice film for all the family.
Posted Thursday, 15 July 2004 See my other reviews
Cinefile
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Posted Thursday, 29 April 2004 See my other reviews
Meagan
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A classic movie for the whole family. Ive seen it approx. 100 times and still love it. Now my 3and 5 year old love it too
Deb
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My 5 year old & 3 year old loved it once I took it past the "scary" bit when ET first came to earth. They want it out again.
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