E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial
In Movie Theaters October 3, 2012
The About face: Released in 1982, “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” became the biggest blockbuster of the year, ranking #1 over 16 different weekends. Today, “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” remains the fourth most successful movie of all time in the domestic box office (tickets sold). Nominated for nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Writing and Best Screenplay, the film took home four Oscars for Best Visual Effects, Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Sound and Best Music for John Williams’ now-iconic score.
The Wild side: “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” stars Henry Thomas as Elliott, an imaginative boy who meets a lost alien and forges of one of cinema’s most endearing friendships. With help from his older brother, Michael (Robert MacNaughton), and little sister, Gertie (Barrymore), Elliott sets out to help the visitor find his way back home before government agents can capture him. Dee Wallace and Peter Coyote co-star.
The Movie facts: Upon meeting E.T. for the first time, Drew Barrymore's character Gertie screams, making it one of the most famous screams in movie history.
Melissa Matheson (wife of Harrison Ford, at the time) wrote the screenplay.
Debra Winger was the voice of E.T.
M&Ms passed on the offer to allow their candies to be featured in the movie. Instead, Reese's Pieces was the candy that lured E.T. from his hiding place. However, while Reese's Pieces earned a couple of years of astronomical sales, M&Ms before, during the more than two year original theatrical run of E.T. (yes, it played in theaters for two years, as home video was not yet a household term and people went to the movies much more often), and still outsold Reese's Pieces.
STARRING: Drew Barrymore, Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace Stone,
DIRECTED BY: Steven Spielberg
STUDIO: Universal Pictures
RATING: PG (For language, frightening scenes)
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Below - the four original movie posters from the 1982 theatrical release of E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial