Honest Trailers continues its reviews of classic summer movies with the intergalactic fan favorite alien film, “E.T.”
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction film produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, and written by Melissa Mathison. It tells the story of Elliott, a boy who befriends an extraterrestrial, dubbed “E.T.”, who is stranded on Earth. The film stars Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, and Henry Thomas, and features special effects by Carlo Rambaldi and Dennis Muren.
Released on June 11, 1982, by Universal Pictures, E.T. was an immediate blockbuster, surpassing Star Wars to become the highest-grossing film of all time—a record it held for eleven years until Jurassic Park, another Spielberg-directed film, surpassed it in 1993.
E.T. was widely acclaimed by critics and is considered to be one of the greatest films of all time. In 1994, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” It was re-released in 1985, and again in 2002, to celebrate its 20th anniversary, with altered shots and additional scenes.