E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)Dir. Steven Spielberg 1982 114 mins (U)
Dee Wallace, Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore











On this day in 1982 Steven Spielberg‘s timeless tale of friendship, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was released.

A favourite of any child of the ’80s, the film was inspired by Spielberg’s own experiences of his parents divorce and an imaginary friend he created as a result.

It was an immediate blockbuster hit at the box office, beating Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) to take the crown of highest-grossing film of all time, an accolade it held until another Spielberg film, Jurassic Park (1993), took the crown.


The film won four Academy Awards:

  • Best Sound – Robert Knudson, Robert Glass, Don Digirolamo, Gene S. Cantamessa
  • Best Visual Effects – Carlo Rambaldi, Dennis Muren, Kenneth Smith
  • Best Sound Effects Editing – Charles L. Campbell, Ben Burtt
  • Best Original Score – John Williams

and was nominated for a further five Awards:

  • Best Picture – Stephen Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy
  • Best Director – Steven Spielberg
  • Best Original Screenplay – Melissa Mathison
  • Best Cinematography – Allen Daviau
  • Best Film Editing – Carol Littleton


E.T. lost out to Gandhi (1982) for the Best Picture award and director Richard Attenborough was quoted as saying “I was certain that not only would E.T. win, but that it should win. It was inventive, powerful and wonderful. I make more mundane movies.


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