For many my age, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was the first movie seen in theatres. I really have no idea if I seen it on the big screen, but I recall watching it A LOT when I was growing up.
I loved the story of friendship and helping those you care about, even with great risk. It sparked talks with friends about what you’d do if you saw an alien. Most of all, for me, this film started my admiration for Drew Barrymore and Steven Spielberg.
This past summer, it came back to theatres for one day, and I jumped at the chance to take the kids. Ahhh, memories of the 80’s!
Interesting facts about the film:
- Other than Wallace, no adult faces are seen in “E.T.” until well past the film’s halfway mark.
- “E.T.” became the highest-grossing movie of all time, topping even “Star Wars.” The record would stand until Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” (1993). Including re-releases, “E.T.” has grossed $793 million worldwide.
- Elliott (Henry Thomas) used Reese’s Pieces to lure the outer-space creature to his home — sales went stratsopheric. The filmmakers had planned to use M&M’s, but the candy’s maker refused the product placement offer.
- Sound effects specialist John Roesch said he used a wet T-shirt stuffed with Jell-O to simulate the noise of E.T.’s walk.
- The doctors and nurses who work on E.T. and Elliott near the movie’s end were actual emergency room technicians.
- The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards, including best picture, and won four, for effects and John Williams’ score.
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What are your memories of E.T.
Disclosure: I received product to facilitate this review, all opinions are my own.