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E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial: Extended Edition [2002]

Director:Steven Spielberg
Writer:Melissa Mathison
Composer:John Williams
Length:121 minutes
(2 hours 1 minute)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:SciFi
IMDB Rating:7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:98%
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Synopsis: A young boy finds and bonds with a visitor from another planet.

Reaction: Sadly, the director's cut makes some good additions (like a more realistic run for E.T.) but also feels it important to re-insert scenes that were cut from the original version. This isn't always bad, but the scenes don't really add much to the story.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Steven Spielberg => Director
Melissa Mathison => Writer
John Williams => Composer
C. Thomas Howell => Tyler (as Tom Howell)
Dee Wallace => Mary
Drew Barrymore => Gertie
Erika Eleniak => Pretty Young Girl
Henry Thomas => Elliott
K.C. Martel => Greg
Pat Welsh => E.T. (voice) (uncredited)
Peter Coyote => Keys
Richard Swingler => Science Teacher
Robert MacNaughton => Michael (as Robert Macnaughton)
Sean Frye => Steve

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Steven Spielberg's original concept was for a much darker movie in which a family was terrorized in their house by aliens. When Spielberg decided to go with a more benevolent alien, the family-in-jeopardy concept was recycled as Poltergeist.
  • With the exception of Elliot's mom, no adults' faces are shown until the last half of the film.
  • One of the movie clips E.T. watches on TV is from This Island Earth.
  • Steven Spielberg shot the film in chronological order to invoke a real response from the actors (mainly the children) when E.T. departed at the end. All emotional responses from that last scene are real.
  • Steven Spielberg shot most of the film from the eye-level of a child to further connect with Elliot and E.T.
  • At the auditions, Henry Thomas thought about the day his dog died to express sadness. Director Steven Spielberg cried, and hired him on the spot.
  • ET's communicator actually worked, and was constructed by [?] Henry Feinberg, an expert in science and technology interpretation for the public.