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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Updated: Oct 15, 2022


Plot Summary: After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas). Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie (Drew Barrymore), and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien.


*Recognition: Nominated for Best Picture, Director (Spielberg), Original Screenplay, and Film Editing; Won for Best Sound, Sound Effects, Visual Effects, and Original Score (John Williams); In American Film Institute polls, the film has been voted the 24th greatest film of all time, the 44th most heart-pounding, and the sixth most inspiring. Other AFI polls rated it as having the 14th greatest music score and as the third greatest science-fiction one. The line "E.T. phone home" was ranked 15th on AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes list, and 48th on Premiere's top movie quote list.


What is this movie is about?: Friendship, a lonely, misunderstood, bullied, and alienated young boy befriends a gentle alien, his only friend.


Best Performance: Steven Spielberg/John Williams

Best Minor Performance: John Williams/Steven Spielberg

Most Charismatic Award: ET/Peter Coyote (Keys)

Best Scene: E.T. Rises from the Dead/Kids Bike to the Forest/the Final Goodbye

Favorite Scene: ET phone home/ET heals Elliot

Most Indelible Moment: ET and Elliot Fly on the Bicycle


Best Line:

E.T.: Phone. Home.[pointing at the window] E.T. home phone.

Gertie: E.T. phone home.

Elliott: E.T. phone home. E.T. phone home!

Gertie: He wants to call somebody...

Michael:[entering the room] What's all this shit?

E.T.:[famous line] E.T. phone home.

Michael: My God, he's talking now.

E.T.: Home.

Elliott: E.T. phone home?

E.T.: E.T. phone home. [pointing at the window again]

Elliott: And they'll come?

E.T.: Come? Home. Home.


Honorable Mention:

Keys: Elliott, I've been to the forest... Elliott, that machine. What does it do?

Elliott: The communicator? Is it still working?

Keys: It's doing something. What?

Elliott: I really shouldn't tell. He came to me. He came to me.

Keys: Elliott, he came to me too. I've been wishing for this since I was 10 years old. I don't want him to die. What can we do that we're not already doing?

Elliott: He needs to go home. He's calling his people and I don't know where they are. He needs to go home.

Keys: Elliott, I don't think that he was left here intentionally. But his being here is a miracle, Elliott. It's a miracle. And you did the best that anybody could do. I'm glad he met you first.


Funniest Line:

Elliott: He's a man from outer space and we're taking him to his spaceship.

Greg: Well, can't he just beam up?

Elliott: This is reality, Greg.


Gertie: Here he is. [Mary bops E.T. with the refrigerator door]

Mary: Here's who?

Gertie: The man from the moon. But I think you've killed him already.


The Stanley Rubric:

Legacy: 9.5

Impact/Significance: 9.5

Novelty: 8.75

Classic-ness: 7.75

Rewatchability: 7

Audience Score: 7.2

Total: 49.7


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