E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

35mm film, 70mm film (blow-up), Technicolor, 1.66:1 (negative ratio), 1.85:1 (intended ratio)
70mm 6-Track Dolby, Digital Dolby, English

An American science fiction film directed by Steven Spielberg.

Plot Summary

A small alien is stranded on Earth when government disturb his plant-collecting expedition and his colleagues take off without him. E.T. befriends a young boy, Elliot, and tries to find a way get home. But all the while, the government agents are closing in and E.T.'s time is running out.


Director: Steven Spielberg
Universal Pictures
Producers: Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg
Associate Producer: Melissa Matheson
Script: Melissa Mathison
Director of Photography: Allen Daviau
Editor: Carol Littleton
Music: John Williams
Sound Mixer: Gene Cantamessa
Make Up: Robert Sidell
Hair: Lola ‘Skip' McNalley
Special Effects: Industrial Light and Magic
E.T. Created by: Carlo Rambaldi
Visual Effects Supervisor: Dennis Muren
Production Designer: James D. Bissell

Dee Wallace (Mary)
Henry Thomas (Elliot)
Peter Coyote (Keys)
Robert MacNaughton (Michael)
Drew Barrymore (Gertie)
K.C. Martel (Greg)
Sean Frye (Steve)
Tom Howell (Tyler)
Erika Eleniak (pretty girl)
David M. O'Dell (schoolboy)
Richard Swingler (science teacher)
Frank Toth (policeman)
Robert Barton (ultra sound man)
Michael Durrell (van man)
David Berkson, David Carlberg, Milt Kogan, Alexander Lampone, Rhoda Makoff, Robert Murphy, Richard Pesavento, Tom Sherry, Susan Cameron, Will Fowler Jr, Barbara Hartnett, Diane Lampone, Mary Stein, Mitchell Suskin (medics)
Pat Welsh (E.T. – uncredited)
Debra Winger [voice of E.T.- uncredited]

Alternative Titles

A Boy's Life – working title
E.T. – advertising title
E.T. and Me – working title
E.T. – Der Ausserirdische – German title
E.T. en Zijn Avontuur op Aarde – Dutch title
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial in His Adventure on Earth – advertising title
Night Skies – working title

See also
The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000)
AFI's 100 Years… 100 Movies (1998)
Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)
The Arrival (1996)
Back to the Future (1985)
Bad Taste (1987)
Balto (1995)
Barney's Great Adventure (1998)
Charlie's Angels (2000)
Chicken Run (2000)
Contact (1997)
Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island (1983)
Daijôbu, mai furendo (1983)
Darkman III: Die Darkman Die (1996)
The Day of the Triffids (1962)
Dogma (1999)
Donnie Darko (2001)
The Doom Generation (1995)
El E.T.E. y el O.T.O. (1983)
Explorers (1985)
The Faculty (1998)
Flight of the Navigator (1986)
Ghostbusters II (1989)
Gremlins (1984)
Harald (1997)
Horrible Horror (1986)
Hudson Hawk (1991)
Independence Day (1996)
The Iron Giant (1999)
Joe's Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads (1983)
Joey (1985)
King Kongs Faust (1985)
Last Action Hero (1993)
Men in Black (1997)
Moonwalker (1988)
The Mummy Returns (2001)
The Muse (1999)
The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear (1991)
Los nuevos extraterrestres (1983)
Orgazmo (1997)
Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
Peter Pan (1953)
The Pickle (1993)
Scream (1996)
Six String Samurai (1998)
Spy Hard (1996)
Star Trek (1966)
Star Wars (1977)
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation (1992)
Top Secret! (1984)
The Twilight Zone (1959)
Warriors of Virtue (1997)
Wild Wild West (1999)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
Zenon: The Zequel (2001)

Includes extracts from
Sesame Street (1969)
This Island Earth (1954)

Extracts included in
100 Years at the Movies (1994)
AFI's 100 Years… 100 Movies (1998)
The American Film Institute's Tribute to Steven Spielberg (1995)
Coming Soon (1982)
E.T. and Friends (1982)
The Making of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1996)
Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues (1988)
My Science Fiction Life (2006)
Precious Images (1986)
The Universal Story (1995)
Visions of Light (1992)



  • Empire December 1998 p.146 – review
  • Radio Times 26 March – 1 April 1994 p.52 – credits, synopsis
  • Radio Times 5-11 June 1999 p.59 – credits, synopsis
  • TV Filmes December 1997 p.54 – review (by Manuel Pereira)
  • Variety vol.311 no.2 (11 May 1983) p.4 – note (E.T' Fuels Record Quarter For MCA; Gravy Train Halting)


  • 101 Things You Never Knew About the Movies p.7 – credits, review
  • The Best 80s Movies by Helen O'Hara pp.44-45 – illustrated review
  • BFI Screen Guides: 100 Science Fiction Films by Barry Keith Grant pp.53-54
  • Escape Velocity by Bradley Schauer pp.3, 4, 10, 135, 193-94, 199-202
  • The Films of the Eighties by Douglas Brode pp.80-82 – illustrated credits, review
  • Hoffman's Guide to Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1991 p.124 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films III by Donald C. Willis p.85-86
  • The Stop-motion Filmography by Neil Pettigrew pp.203-204
  • Trick Cinematography by R.M. Hayes pp.268-271
  • The Vampire in Science Fiction Film and Literature by Paul Meehan p.84, 206