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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

A movie directed by Steven Spielberg

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A Quick Tip by RabidChihuahua

  • Oct 23, 2012

This movie was a favorite of mine during my childhood and even after watching it for the first time in ten years, it's just as great as I remembered it to be.  One of the best family films of the 80's and one of the landmark films of American cinema, E.T. combined strong special effects with a brilliant soundtrack and believable characters.  Like any good movie, it does a good job at changing tones, as there's scenes that made me laugh my ass off (like E.T. getting drunk) and others that moved me (the end of the movie).

On to the 2002 re-release, I thought it was a joke.  The extra scenes didn't develop any scenes or characters any better, the CGI renditions of E.T. looked out-of-place, and the replacement of certain bits of dialogue and especially the shotguns with walkie-talkies butchered the movie.

I'm glad that Steven Spielberg saw the light recently and for the blu-ray release of the movie, released only the original version from 1982 with only a few enhancements in the background sound to bolster atmosphere.

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Quick Tip by . August 05, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
One of a kind movie in general. Another great children's movie.
Quick Tip by . August 03, 2010
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Just about the most wonderful family film Spielberg has made. Only someone without a heart won't enjoy it.
Quick Tip by . July 27, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Breathtaking......One of the great Sci-Fi movies of the past 50 years.
Quick Tip by . July 21, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
What can I say. I mean how can you go wrong when a kid meets a young A.L.F.(Alien Life Form). Then become friends and soon they start to get ill I mean come on now I do not think for one second that all that would happen so this is the best rate I could give and that is that.
Quick Tip by . July 17, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Best Movie of all Time from Steven! I love this movie and it makes me cry
Quick Tip by . July 14, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I went through just about every emotion while watching this movie.
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
still makes me cry like a baby.
Quick Tip by . December 13, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Personally, I could have done without the new scenes, special effects, & editing. I love this movie dearly and hate to see anyone alter it.
review by . December 19, 2008
posted in Movie Hype
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is in all likelihood the most personal film that Steven Spielberg has directed. It gives insight into the director's life experiences and his childhood in particular. For the most part the film is shown through the eyes of a child. It captures a certain sense of innocence and wonderment that was rare in films of the early 1980s. It's also startlingly honest in its portrayal of children growing up in contemporary America. Rarely do films give a truthful account of what …
review by . November 15, 2007
posted in Movie Hype
This review was originally written by my husband, Daniel Aeschliman, who has given me permission to repost it:    As a child of the '80s, I must begin by stating that E.T. is, in my opinion, one of the truly great movies that has been released in my lifetime. When I began acquiring DVD's, I was truly saddened to find that E.T. was not available. After Steven Spielberg reissued the movie to theaters in early 2002, I eagerly awaited the impending DVD release.    The …
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E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL is Steven Spielberg's warmhearted classic delight for both children and adults. It tells the story of an alien creature, E.T., mistakenly left behind on Earth. When a young boy, Elliott (Henry Thomas), finds E.T. and hides him in his home, both their worlds are changed forever. E.T. teaches Elliott and his two siblings (Drew Barrymore and Robert MacNaughton), whose parents have recently separated, about caring and love while the children protect E.T. from the malevolent world of grown-ups. Elliott and E.T. become so close that they share emotions; as E.T. becomes ill, so does Elliott. The children end up going on a fabulous adventure trying to help E.T. find a way back to his home planet. The movie was originally going to be based on a story idea by director John Sayles, but after he removed himsel...
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Director: Steven Spielberg
Genre: Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Release Date: June 11, 1982
MPAA Rating: PG
Runtime: 1hr 55min
Studio: Universal Studios
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