This film is another classic, which I hadn’t seen but had heard a lot about. I found it to be a very emotional film, both making me laugh out loud and almost cry, which I can tell you I was not expecting!
It was given to me on my birthday a couple of months ago and I watched it while flying back from Spain which made the journey go quickly. The film being nearly two hours long was also quite a surprise to me, as I thought that it is only now that the norm for films is to be about two hours long.
The film is allegedly based on an imaginary friend Stephen Spielberg invented when his parents divorced which to me shows he had a good imagination even then!
The film was produced by Stephen Spielberg and Kathleen Kenedy, and directed by Stephen Spielberg. The screenplay was being written by Melissa Mathison. It stars Dee Wallace as Mary, Henry Thomas as Elliott, Peter Coyote as “Keys”, Robert MacNaughton as Michael, Drew Barrymore as Gertie, K. C. Martel as Greg, Sean Frye as Steve, C. Thomas Howell as Tyler and Pat Welsh as the voice of E.T. Although I have watched a few films directed by Stephen Spielberg, I want to investigate more and see what other stories he has to tell.
It was made in 1982 and is the story of Elliott, a boy who finds, and becomes friends with, an extra-terrestrial being he calls ‘ET’. ET has been stranded on Earth while foraging with other aliens and it is up to Elliott, his brother and sister, and Elliot’s friends to help him contact ET’s own planet, while keeping ET safe from the government who are aware he is on earth and are searching for him.
ET is considered a timeless story of friendship and has two iconic moments, the one where ET and Elliott touch fingers and the second where Elliott carries ET in his bike’s basket and they end up flying through the air the moon shining behind them.
The film cost US$10.5 million and was shot over four months, mostly in chronological order, because it had such a young cast, to make it easier for the actors to feel the right emotion at the right time, which I think is really clever! It became an immediate blockbuster and held the title of highest grossing film for eleven years so I guess they got something right!
It is considered one of the greatest films ever made, ranking as the greatest science fiction film in a Rotten Tomatoes survey. In 1994, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry because it was “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. It has also been re-released twice, in 1985 and in 2002, at its 20th anniversary.
This film is long at 115 minutes but held my attention the whole time.
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Remember be brave, be happy, be kind, be you!
See you next time…