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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
- Henry Thomas

Overview - The 2002 rerelease of E.T., which marks 20 years since the film's 1982 debut, includes never before seen footage, enhanced visual effects, and a new remastered soundtrack. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL is Steven Spielberg's warmhearted classic delight for both children and adults.  Read more...

 
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Overview

The 2002 rerelease of E.T., which marks 20 years since the film's 1982 debut, includes never before seen footage, enhanced visual effects, and a new remastered soundtrack. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL is Steven Spielberg's warmhearted classic delight for both children and adults. It tells the story of an alien creature, E.T., mistakenly left behind on Earth. When a young boy, Elliott (Henry Thomas), finds E.T. and hides him in his home, both their worlds are changed forever. E.T. teaches Elliott and his two siblings (Drew Barrymore and Robert MacNaughton), whose parents have recently separated, about caring and love while the children protect E.T. from the malevolent world of grown-ups. Elliott and E.T. become so close that they share emotions; as E.T. becomes ill, so does Elliott. The children end up going on a fabulous adventure trying to help E.T. find a way back to his home planet. The movie was originally going to be based on a story idea by director John Sayles, but after he removed himself from the project, screenwriter Melissa Mathison (Harrison Ford's wife) took over the script and made it her own. John Williams's beautiful soundtrack became forever linked to E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL.

Awards:
1982 - Academy Awards - Best Original Score Winner

Cast List

John Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
John Towner Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
Johnny Williams - American film composer, STAR WARS (1977)
Steven Spielberg - Oscar-winning director/producer/screenwriter
Steven Allan Spielberg - Oscar-winning director/producer/screenwriter
Henry Thomas - American actor, E.T./GANGS OF NEW YORK
Kathleen Kennedy - Producer
Drew Barrymore - American actress and producer
Melissa Mathison
Peter Coyote - American actor, BEHIND ENEMY LINES II: AXIS OF EVIL (2006)
Peter Cohon - American actor, BEHIND ENEMY LINES II: AXIS OF EVIL (2006)
Carol Littleton
Allen Daviau - Director of Photography, VAN HELSING (2004)
James Bissell - Production Designer, GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK (2005)
Jim Bissell - Production Designer, GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK (2005)
Dee Wallace Stone - Star, E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, CUJO, HALLOWEEN (2007)
Dee Wallace - Star, E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, CUJO, HALLOWEEN (2007)
Dee Wallace-Stone - Star, E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, CUJO, HALLOWEEN (2007)
Dee Wallace Stone - Star, E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, CUJO, HALLOWEEN (2007)
Deborah Lynn Scott - Costume Designer, TITANIC (1997)
Deborah L. Scott - Costume Designer, TITANIC (1997)
Deborah Scott - Costume Designer, TITANIC (1997)
Debbie Scott - Costume Designer, TITANIC (1997)

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192357152
  • Genre: Family
  • Rating: PG (MPAA)
  • Release Date: May 2016

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Synopsis:
One of the most popular movies of all time, Steven Spielberg's E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL tells the touching and often comical story of an alien creature, E.T., who is accidentally left behind on Earth. Elliott (Henry Thomas), a young boy from a single-parent home, befriends E.T. and tries to protect him from the adult world of NASA scientists who want to "examine" the alien. With the help of his younger sister, Gertie (Drew Barrymore), and his older brother, Michael (Robert McNaugton), Elliott helps E.T. try to get back to his home.

Notes:
Theatrical release: June 11, 1982. The film was shot north of Los Angeles in Northridge, California. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1994. E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL is number 25 on the American Film Institute's list of America's 100 Greatest Movies. Actress Debra Winger contributed to the voice of E.T. E.T. love for Reese's Pieces was a huge boost to the new product. The film is one of the top moneymakers of all time, taking in nearly $400 million at the domestic box office and more than $700 million worldwide.

Notes:
Theatrical Release Date: MARCH 22, 2002

Reviews:
"...Boundless, airy, galactic charm..." - 12/01/1982 Sight and Sound, p.63


"...Captivating, endearingly optimistic and magical....[A] truly lovely and moving ending..." - 05/26/1982 Variety


"...The tenderness of the piece is still intact..." - 04/11/2002 Rolling Stone, p.137


"...It's every bit as good as you remember. And you know what? You're still gonna need those tissues..." - 04/01/2002 Total Film, p.102


"...E.T. again reminds us of how much we've remained the same, how gratified we still are by a film that connects so beautifully to our sense of wonder and joy..." - 03/22/2002 Los Angeles Times, p.C1


"...An instant classic when it was released....It looks at least that good if not better on the eve of its 20th anniversary reissue..." - 03/18/2002 Variety, p.25-33


"The core theme of E.T. is home, and the journey of the film, taken in literal synchronicity by the young hero and his alien friend, is about them helping each other find it. It’s a common story told on a celestial scale." -- Grade: A - 10/17/2012 A.V. Club

 
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