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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)


Written by Tim Dirks

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

In Steven Spielberg's classic and popular magical fantasy movie myth about an alien creature and its friendship with a telepathic boy:

  • the opening scene of extraterrestrials surprised by a crew of botanists (one with a set of jangling keys) in a California forest after landing - to explore
  • young Elliott's (Henry Thomas) discovery of E.T. in his backyard garden shed - it was a wise creature from outer space 3 million light years away and stranded on Earth after its alien spaceship took off and abandoned him
  • the scene at the family table when Elliott engaged in an argument with his disbelieving mother (Dee Wallace), younger sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore) and older brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton) - they thought he was imagining things and had only seen an iguana, or a stray alligator, or "maybe it was a pervert or a deformed kid or somethin'...maybe an elf or a leprechaun" - Elliott lashed out at the teasing of Michael: "It was nothin' like that, penis breath!"; his mother cautioned: "If you see it again, whatever it is, don't touch it. Just call me and we'll have somebody come and take it away"; Elliott was fearful: "But they'll give it a lobotomy or do experiments on it or somethin'" - a foreshadowing
  • impish blonde-haired Gertie's startling, face-to-face first look at E.T. hiding in a closet - the creature craned its neck up in fear and she emitted a loud-pitched scream - the alien reacted by belching out a horrifying moan in imitation
  • E.T.'s amusing experiences with suburban living - sampling items from the refrigerator, such as an old container of potato salad, or becoming drunk after drinking from a pop-top can of Coors beer, and experimenting with a Speak 'n' Spell learning toy - while Elliott at school shared a symbiotic, extra-sensory telepathic relationship
E.T.'s Experiences With Suburban Living
  • the school science lab scene when Elliott decided to save the frogs from being chloroformed and dissected, with the help of young blonde classmate (Erika Eleniak), by letting them escape from their glass jars and tossing them out the window - the scene ended with Elliott kissing the girl - imitating a scene in John Ford's The Quiet Man being watched simultaneously by E.T. on television
  • E.T.'s famous line of dialogue - pointing to the heavens and indicating: "E.T. Home Phone," but then was corrected by Gertie with the right word order: "E.T. Phone home," as he pointed to the window with his long finger; she added: "He wants to call somebody"
  • the scene of Elliott accidentally cutting himself on the sharp jagged edge of a circular saw blade - and exclaiming: "OUCH!"; Elliott held out his bloody, red-glowing finger into the air, as E.T. repeated the word "Ouch" and demonstrated his magical powers for the first time by reaching out with his white glowing finger and healing Elliott's injury - in the next room, Mary read the magical tale of Peter Pan to Gertie as a bedtime story
  • the humorous Halloween trick-or-treat scene of E.T. draped with a white sheet and wearing oversized clown shoes over his three-toed feet, pretending to be Gertie dressed as a goblin; from his POV, E.T. looked out through his eye peep-holes, seeing Mary dressed as a leopard-cat woman - and other ghouls, monsters, skeletons, and aliens
  • the two magical, transcendent soaring bicycle scenes exhibiting E.T.'s telekinetic powers, and sitting in Elliott's handlebars' basket - first with Elliott photographed and silhouetted against a giant silvery moon in the night sky - with Elliott's scream of delight at the view, enhanced by John Williams' score, and then a second time later as the kids escaped on bicycles from ominous adults and a resurrected E.T. lifted them off the street and over a police barricade to fly away
  • the overwrought scene of E.T.'s near-fatal death (when his heart flatlined) alongside Elliott - and his resurrection
  • E.T.'s farewell to his friends at the rendezvous site before returning home in a spaceship (his advice to young Gertie: "Be Good", followed by her good-bye kiss on E.T.'s forehead, and his glowing finger as he lifted it and touched Elliott's forehead: "I'll be right here"); the film's last line was spoken by a tearful Elliott to E.T.: "Bye"

Elliott: "It was nothin' like that, penis breath!"

Gertie's Scream

Elliott Liberating the Frogs in Science Lab and Kissing the Blonde Girl

"E.T. Home Phone"

"Ouch!" and the Healing of Elliott's Finger

E.T.'s Costume Peep-Holes

E.T.'s Near-Death

Elliott's Tearful Farewell to E.T.


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