E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction fantasy
film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg. Written by Melissa
Mathison, it stars Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Robert MacNaughton, Drew
Barrymore, Peter Coyote and Pat Welsh. It tells the story of Elliott
(Thomas), a lonely boy who befriends a stranded extraterrestrial.
Elliott and his siblings help E.T. return home while attempting to hide
him from their mother and the government. Filmed on a budget of $10.5
million, it was shot in rough chronological order, to facilitate
convincing emotional performances from the young cast. 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.
Considered one of the greatest films ever made, it was widely acclaimed
by critics as a timeless story of friendship, and it ranks as the
greatest science fiction film ever made in a Rotten Tomatoes survey. It
was re-released in 1985, and then again in 2002 to celebrate its 20th
anniversary, with altered shots and additional scenes.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.T._the_Extra-Terrestrial>
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