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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Trivia: The little blonde girl Elliott kisses when the frogs are released is Erika Eleniak, who went on to become a Baywatch babe.

William Bergquist

Trivia: When the children go out on Halloween night, they pass other children dressed up. One that they pass is dressed as Yoda from Star Wars, and at this point the music plays Yoda's theme from Star Wars. John Williams wrote the music for both films.

Trivia: Steven Spielberg has a cameo as one of the doctors when Elliot and E.T. are 'hospitalized' inside the house.


Trivia: When auditioning for the part of Elliot, Henry Thomas was asked by Steven Spielberg to convey sadness, so Thomas thought of the day his dog died and delivered a moving performance. Spielberg was duly impressed and cast him as Elliot.

Trivia: Gertie's line "I don't like his feet," was not in the script. Drew Barrymore just said it when she saw the puppet, and Spielberg kept it in the film. (DVD Commentary).


Trivia: When E.T. and Elliott are sick, the doctors working on them are not actors but real doctors. Spielberg wanted real doctors so that the lingo would sound right and the scenes would be believable.

Trivia: Peter Coyote's character is never given a name. Before we see his face, we know he is around by the keys hanging from his belt. This is especially shown in the woods when E.T. arrives. In the credits, his character's name is "Keys".

Trivia: Two people actually supplied the voice of ET - Debra Winger and Pat Welsh.

William Bergquist

Trivia: Inside ET's spaceship are several plant specimens. One of the plants is a triffid - from the movie Day of the Triffids.

Larry Koehn

Trivia: Harrison Ford played the part of the School Principal but his scenes were cut. His wife at the time was one of the screenwriters and he visited the set regularly so Mr. Spielberg asked him to play the part. This rumor was confirmed in the 2002 20th Anniversary Limited Edition DVD book that came with the Boxset.


Trivia: This entire movie was shot in sequence. For people that don't know much about how movies are filmed, they are usually shot out of sequence (they might do the last scene first and the first scene in the middle etc). Spielberg did this so he could get the honest reaction from Elliot when ET left at the end.

Trivia: The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone walking through jelly.

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Elliot: Okay, he's a man from outer space, and we're taking him to his spaceship.
Greg: Well, can't he just beam up?
Elliot: This is reality, Greg.



When the boys are trying to get away from the government agents on their bicycles, riding and maneuvering through their neighborhood, the stunt double for Elliot (extremely identifiable due to the red hooded sweatshirt) visibly wipes out. The next shot, meant to be continuous, shows Elliot upright and riding with the other boys.


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