My Old Addiction

E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

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(out of 5)


 is wonderful as a little boy who encounters an alien creature that was accidentally abandoned by his spaceship in a nearby forest. Taking the alien intruder in, the boy develops a deep affinity with his new friend and even starts to share his emotional responses to the world around him, trying to help him get back to his home planet before the worlds of science or media get wind of the now-named E.T. and subject him to life-threatening testing and experimentation. excels as the boy’s mother, and ignites her child star career as Thomas’s delectably cute little sister. The special effects are impressive but never overpower the thematic elements of the film, emphasizing friendship, discovery and genuine love above all else.  The film became the biggest moneymaker of all time, keeping the number one spot for eleven years until Jurassic Park (also Spielberg) came out in 1993; it’s also famous for having spawned an era of movie product placement (Reese’s Pieces sales went through the roof) and for teaching an entire generation the phrase ‘E.T. Phone Home!’


Universal Pictures

USA, 1982

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by , Steven Spielberg

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


Academy Awards:  1982

Golden Globe Awards 1982

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