E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

dir. Steven Spielberg

Series - Retrospective

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Steven Spielberg's beloved sci-fi fantasy became a pop-culture phenomenon and one of the most successful films of all time.

Accidentally left on Earth when his spaceship flees from a group of government agents, a friendly, big-eyed, long-necked alien is forced to hide out in suburbia. Befriended by ten-year-old Elliott (Henry Thomas), "E.T." is introduced to the earthly customs of television viewing, trick-or-treating and beer-drinking while trying to "phone home" for a galactic pick-up — but his black-clad human pursuers are still hot on his tail. Steven Spielberg's beloved sci-fi fantasy became a pop-culture phenomenon and one of the most successful films of all time, and remains an iconic landmark in eighties American cinema. "This is not simply a good movie. It is one of those movies that brush away our cautions and win our hearts" (Roger Ebert).