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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

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Original title
E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
Running time
115 min.
United States United States
Melissa Mathison
John Williams
Allen Daviau
Universal Pictures, Amblin Entertainment
Sci-Fi. Fantasy. Drama | Aliens. Family-friendly. Friendship
Synopsis / Plot
E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL is Steven Spielberg's warmhearted classic delight for both children and adults. It tells the story of an alien creature, E.T., mistakenly left behind on Earth. When a young boy, Elliott (Henry Thomas), finds E.T. and hides him in his home, both their worlds are changed forever. E.T. teaches Elliott and his two siblings (Drew Barrymore and Robert MacNaughton), whose parents have recently separated, about caring and love while the children protect E.T. from the malevolent world of grown-ups. Elliott and E.T. become so close that they share emotions; as E.T. becomes ill, so does Elliott. The children end up going on a fabulous adventure trying to help E.T. find a way back to his home planet. The movie was originally going to be based on a story idea by director John Sayles, but after he removed himself from the project, screenwriter Melissa Mathison (Harrison Ford’s wife at that time) took over the script and made it her own. John Williams’s beautiful soundtrack became forever linked to E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL.
1982: 4 Academy Awards: OST, FX, Sound editing, Sound. 5 nominations
1982: 2 Golden Globes: Best Drama Picture and Original Score. 5 nominations
1982: BAFTA award: Music. 11 nominations including Film and Director
1982: New York Film Critics Circle: Nominated for Best Film and Best Director
1982: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Film, Director & New Generation Award
1982: Directors Guild of America (DGA): Nominated for Best Director
1982: Writers Guild of America (WGA): Best Original Drama Screenplay
1982: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Director
1982: Nominated for César: Best Foreign Film
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