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Continuity mistake: In the exterior front shots of Elliott's house there are some significant changes to the landscape in different shots. For instance, the two lampposts at the bottom of the driveway change to an entirely different style in some shots, and the huge garden boulders repeatedly vanish and reappear. Also, note when Michael takes off on Elliott's bike to go search for ET, the in-ground lamppost that should be beside the mailbox has vanished, but it reappears when all the government agents are setting things up outside the house.

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Continuity mistake: While Elliott and ET are saying goodbye, in the original 1982 version in the shot facing Elliott, ET lifts his right hand to point his finger at Elliott's forehead and ET's finger glows (note the weird angle of ET's raised right hand), but in the next shot facing ET when he says the iconic words, "I'll be right here," it's actually ET's left hand up by Elliott's face. This was digitally corrected in the 2002 version, so that in the first shot ET lifts up his left hand.

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Continuity mistake: When the boys are riding their bikes trying to escape with ET, all the bikes have single brake levers on the right side of their handlebars, but after Elliott shouts that they should follow him to the forest, there's a shot from the POV of one of the bike riders (we know it's not Greg or Elliott) and he has two brake levers on his handlebar.

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Continuity mistake: When Elliott's on the phone with his mother telling her even though he's sick he doesn't need a doctor, Elliott's holding the telephone receiver up to his ear with his left hand and the telephone base with his right hand, but in the next shot the two have suddenly switched hands.

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Continuity mistake: After ET weighs himself on the scale there's nothing draped over the side of the bathtub, but in the next shot we see in the reflection that there's a burgundy tub mat hanging over the side of the bathtub, behind ET and Elliott. Then that tub mat vanishes again when Elliott rushes to answer the telephone.

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Continuity mistake: While Mary is reading Peter Pan to Gertie, when Elliott shows ET the box with everything he collected from the garage, the front of the Kromedge blade faces Elliott, note the writing and the direction of the blade's teeth pointing to Elliott's right, but in the next closeup the blade faces the opposite way.

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Continuity mistake: 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. The mistake occurs in a long shot, when the boys start riding behind the first house under construction, and are followed closely by the blue station wagon.

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Continuity mistake: When Elliott is kneeling near the bathtub explaining to ET where the faucet water comes from, there's a can of Coke beside him, and in the wideshot it's the "Coca Cola" logo facing out, but in Elliott's closeup it's the "Coke" logo facing out.

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Continuity mistake: While ET is lying on the bathroom floor there's a pink and burgundy striped bath rug beside him, and in some shots the burgundy edge is beside him, but in other shots the rug is turned around and positioned the opposite way with the pink edge beside ET. Additionally, the proximity of the rug to ET keeps changing during the scene. (This rug can also be seen during an earlier scene with Elliott and ET in the bathroom).

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Continuity mistake: When everyone goes to the shed Michael kneels down to look closely at the prints on the ground, and in the closeup the marks we see differ from the clear prints seen in the next wideshot.

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Continuity mistake: When ET is trying to tell Elliott and Gertie that he wants to phone home there's a chip bag on the table in front of the turntable, but it disappears when Michael comes home and ET points out the window and says, "ET phone home," then the chip bag reappears when ET pulls off the wig.

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Continuity mistake: After Elliott finds ET in the wig and hears him speak, when ET gives Elliott the newspaper comic section there's nothing on the yellow chair behind him, but in the next closeup a shirt suddenly hangs over the back. Additionally, the globe on the desk has turned so the continents change position.

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Continuity mistake: When ET tastes the potato salad in the side shot the drawer in pulled open, but in the shot from behind him as his finger touches the can of beer we see the drawer under that shelf is closed, but in the next side shot that drawer is open again.

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Continuity mistake: After Elliott explains to ET how the water comes out of the bathtub faucet, when Elliott's on his knees moving closer to ET (while he's squeezing toothpaste), note there are two solid color floor mats (one white and one brownish) which disappear when Elliott rushes to answer the telephone.

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Continuity mistake: In the first shot of the boys playing Dungeons and Dragons, Greg is holding the phone with the stretched out cord pulled under his left armpit, then a couple of shots later (not a continuity issue yet) the cord is pulled over Greg's right shoulder, but in the next shot it's back under his left armpit.

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Continuity mistake: While Elliot and E.T. are saying goodbye to each other at the spaceship, you see Elliot's mom sink to her knees. Then, you see a close-up shot of Elliot and E.T. looking at each other and you can see her white shirt in the background as she gets back up, but then there is a close up of her face as she gets up again.

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Continuity mistake: When Elliott gets food for himself and ET he takes the milk container from the top shelf of the fridge, and we see an empty space beside the Skippy peanut butter where the milk had been, but after Elliott drops everything onto the floor, in his next two closeups note the milk container (it has a distinctive curved design) is back on the shelf in the same spot beside the Skippy jar.

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Continuity mistake: The street the boys turn onto during the chase, when the boy says "we made it," isn't the same street as they had turned into. There should have been houses, but instead there were just trees and cars.

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Continuity mistake: When Elliot's mother is retrieving a heavy blanket to put over him because he is faking an illness, she tears open the closet doors and the leading edges of both doors come free from their tracks. A moment later when the shot angle changes, and you see her from inside of the closet, both doors are open, but both are back on their tracks.

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Continuity mistake: In the final scene of E.T., where E.T. is saying goodbye to Elliot, E.T. rubs Elliot's shoulders, then removes his hands from Elliot's shoulders. The shot then changes angles from behind Elliot to behind E.T. Upon changing the angle, E.T.'s hands can be seen back on Elliot's shoulder. When the shot alternates between the two angles (for about ten seconds) so does E.T.'s hands alternate being on or off of Elliot's shoulders.

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Continuity mistake: The size of the eye holes on E.T.'s ghost outfit change shape and size several times (most noticeable when Michael finds the abandoned outfit when he is looking for E.T.).

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Continuity mistake: When Elliot is leading E.T. up to his bedroom for the first time first his shadow is in front of him on the candy, then in a reverse shot it is behind him.

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Continuity mistake: While all the boys are trying to escape with ET, there are black brake levers/clamps on Michael's and Greg's bike handlebars, and brass brake levers/clamps on Tyler's and Steve's handlebars, but in some closeups this changes. For example, after Steve shouts, "Let's split up," Michael's are brass, when Tyler pulls off his balaclava his are black, and when Greg shouts, "Tell me when it's over," his are brass. Presumably bikes were switched for closeups.

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Continuity mistake: When Elliott's holding the Kromedge saw blade in his hands, note the position of the writing on the blade and the position of his fingers within the blade's teeth, then after he slices the index finger of his left hand there's a closeup of the blade with Elliott's blood on one of the teeth. The problem is that Elliott's index finger was actually on the blade tooth further along the blade's circumference (note the writing).

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Continuity mistake: When the two government agents pull over at the bottom of the hill to cut the boys off, in the shot from inside the car we see Greg and Tyler riding their bikes over the car and zooming off, then the agent inside the car lifts his head as yet another bike lands on the car, but in the next exterior shot it's Tyler (note his black high-tops) who lands on the car's roof, knocking off the magnetic beacon light. (Elliott's conspicuously missing from these few shots).

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Continuity mistake: After ET levitates the balls of modeling clay (which Gertie had been playing with) Elliott tells Michael "something scary" is happening, and when Elliott runs toward the shed the swings on the swing set are motionless, but in the next shot one of the swings is suddenly swinging back and forth, but in the next shot it's perfectly idle once again.

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Continuity mistake: When Elliott finds ET hiding behind the stuffed animals in his closet, Elliott's holding two plates in his hands while balancing two cans of Coke on his forearms, then one of the cans falls over onto the plate, but in the next shot we can see that can under the plate and it's upright.

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Continuity mistake: After Elliott finds ET all dressed up courtesy of Gertie, when ET heads into Elliott's bedroom the large oval striped rug has its center under Elliott's bunk-bed, but when they're all in Elliott's room that rug is pulled out (which can't easily happen due to the weight of the bunk-bed) and now covers much more of the floor area, between the bunk-bed and closet.

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Continuity mistake: When Michael drives the van onto the playground and stops, in the shot from behind the three boys on their bikes Greg turns his head to look down at Harvey, who's sitting between Greg and Steve, but in the next shot facing the boys Harvey has vanished.

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Continuity mistake: When Mary sees ET lying on the floor in the bathroom, in the closeups of Gertie there's a white fringed hand towel hanging on the rod behind her, but in the wideshots that towel isn't on the rod though we see a small white towel lying on the counter when Michael picks her up. Then in the following shots of ET the white fringed hand towel is hanging at the end of the rod, but then it vanishes.

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Continuity mistake: When Elliott finds ET dressed up and wearing a wig both sides of Elliott's closet doors are open, but after ET hands Elliott the newspaper comics section ET goes over to the closet and only one side is open. Additionally, note the deliberate absence of Elliott's lounge chair which should be right beside the closet door.

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Continuity mistake: When Gertie rushes into Elliott's bedroom with the drawing she made for him, just as she sees ET and begins to scream the paper is in her left hand and her right hand is empty, but in the next shot the paper is suddenly in her right hand.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Elliott is talking to E.T. for the first time, a shark pincher can be seen hanging over the fishbowl in the foreground. But as he starts pronouncing his name ("Ell-i-ott"), the pincher briefly vanishes.

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Continuity mistake: When Mike and his friends are playing Dungeons and Dragons, Greg is on the phone requesting "Papa Oom Mow Mow." Towards the end of his call, Greg repeats the song's name twice. Look over Elliott's right shoulder in the next shot where he asks Steve's permission to join in: the phone is on the hook, but Greg is still talking to the DJ somehow.

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Continuity mistake: After Mike finds E.T. lying in a river, the scene switches over to an FBI agent's shadow cast upon the driveway at Elliott's house. Notice how the front doors are bare. Minutes later when Mike opens one of the doors to see an astronaut waiting outside, large Halloween decorations are now tacked upon it.

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Continuity mistake: When Elliott slices his finger on the Kromedge saw blade, it's the index finger of his left hand, but in the closeups of his finger he's actually holding up the index finger of his right hand.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Elliott and E.T. are behind the slatted closet doors listening to Mary read Gertie a bedtime story, the set of slats nearest the door frame opens by itself between shots (right about the point where Elliott wraps a scarf around E.T.'s neck).

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Continuity mistake: When Gertie places a pot of wilting flowers onto the Radio Flyer wagon, an 'enter' sign can be seen on Elliott's bedroom door with a handwritten paper saying 'do not' taped upon it. After she knocks, Mike opens the door to let her in - but the 'do not' paper is now tucked behind the 'enter' sign instead.

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Continuity mistake: Many of the night scenes take place in the back yard, or in the cornfield which is shown to be behind the back yard. Daytime shots show the house to be in the suburbs, on a hill, with no cornfield or possible space for a cornfield.

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Continuity mistake: After Mary carries Elliott downstairs the government agents start entering her home, and in the next closeup of ET lying on the floor there's a large bath towel hanging over the side of the bathtub, but in the next shot of ET from behind the "spacesuit", there's now a small bath mat (same color as the previous towel) hanging over the side of the tub.

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Continuity mistake: When Mary and the boys go to the tool shed after Elliott's encounter, as Tyler and Michael kneel down to inspect the tracks on the ground, the trash can beside Tyler is partially under the table and a roll of fencing is upright behind him. However, after Michael mentions the coyote, the trash can is now to the left of the table, the roll of fencing is lying on the ground in front of the trash can, and some long-handled tools have moved as well.

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Continuity mistake: When Elliott is trying to lure ET into his room by leaving Reese's Pieces on the carpet, the red helmet is lying on the table with its white stripe facing the doorway and its opening facing the bunk-bed, but when ET reaches the doorway the helmet has turned itself around so it's facing the opposite way.

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Continuity mistake: While ET is watching Mary read the story of Peter Pan to Gertie, in the shot from outside the closet we see Elliott using his left hand to close the shutter slats, but in the next shot inside the closet it is Elliott's right hand closing the slats.

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Continuity mistake: When Mary gets her first look at an ailing E.T. lying on the bathroom floor, she panics then hurries everyone downstairs - leaving E.T. behind. Moments later one of the astronauts happens upon E.T. and now a bright pink bath towel can be seen draped over the bathtub's edge, which wasn't even there to begin with.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene on Trick-or-Treat night, Elliot and E.T. go to the forest so that E.T. can set up his communication device to "phone home". While they are there, Elliot is appealing to E.T. for him to stay, saying he will get used to it. While he is talking to E.T. he is inches away from his face. But in the very next shot it shows E.T. looking around, staring into space, with Elliot nowhere to be seen. But the next shot shows Elliot is in E.T.'s face again just as he was two shots before.

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Continuity mistake: When Elliot opens the solar system book, ET's finger is on the edge of the page. A frame later it's several inches above.

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Continuity mistake: When Elliot burps, the pencil on his desk disappears between shots. Also, the paper swaps from laying on the edge to several centimeters away.

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Continuity mistake: After being discovered by Elliott in a cornfield, E.T. panics and escapes through the back gate, which closes by itself. But in a following shot, the gate closes again.

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Continuity mistake: After Elliot frees the frog, notice a group of kids in the background with a blonde girl in a blue dress on the left: they're either watching Elliot in awe, or looking down at their books. This changes back and forth several times.

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Continuity mistake: Throughout the movie E.T.'s fingers are shown to be very long, thin, and boney. But in the final scene, when Elliot and E.T. are saying goodbye, E.T. reaches down to pick up the flower pot to take with him. The camera shows his hands picking up the flower pot but they appear the size of human hands wearing gloves, not the long skinny fingered hands we saw during the entire movie.

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Continuity mistake: When Elliot's mom leaves to school and Gertie says ET can talk, the cupboard behind her swaps from lit to unlit between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Keys turns around to see what's rustling in the bushes behind him, his flashlight swaps hands between frames.

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Continuity mistake: When Elliot opens the book with the solar system, the book pages are folded, yet a frame later, from a different angle, the book is opened wide.

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Continuity mistake: When Gertie replies she's going to Elliot's room, she swaps from holding her trolley with one hand to two.

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Continuity mistake: While ET takes a bath, Elliot - face and hair covered in Coca-Cola - hangs up on his mom and goes back to the tub. When the angle changes his face and hair are dry.

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Continuity mistake: When E.T. Is at home with the speak and spell, the back cover is missing as he is working on it. In the next shot, the back cover is on it again.

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Continuity mistake: When E.T. is in the kitchen reading comics, he glances over at the TV then takes a look at the coffee table which has, among other items scattered on top, six pack rings. A few shots later E.T. is at the coffee table working to create a communication device, but now there's one can of beer attached to the rings.

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Continuity mistake: When ET is walking with Elliot and his brother trick-or-treating, we see several shots from ET's point of view of people walking toward him. In all of the following shots however, none of the people that were walking toward him can now be seen behind him as they should be. It's not a montage either, these scenes are to be taken that they are occurring in real time.

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Continuity mistake: After E.T. clicks the TV set on, the way he holds the remote control differs between cuts.

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Continuity mistake: Home alone, Elliot talks to ET and says "Human. Boy. Elliot" and right then he swaps from standing one meter away from the bed to leaning against it.

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Continuity mistake: The weather during the end chase changes three times. When they first leave it is full on sunny. When they arrive at the playground it is overcast. The next scene it's sunny again.

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Continuity mistake: After Elliott burps during class, notice the blonde girl in blue. Her arms are crossed differently depending on the shot.

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Continuity mistake: As Gertie lifts a flower pot and places it in the wagon, the overhanging green leaves near her left hand disappear as the shots change.

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Continuity mistake: When Mike suggests that Elliott saw an iguana instead of an alien, Mary holds a coffee mug halfway between her mouth and the tabletop. Between frames the mug changes position and is now within a couple inches of her mouth.

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Continuity mistake: When drunken ET drags a blanket filled with stuff behind the TV, the type of stuff changes when the mother arrives home.

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Continuity mistake: When Elliot and ET are in the bathroom and the phone rings, the chord changes positions between the wide and close-up angles.

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Continuity mistake: After the van skids into the playground, Steve's hand jumps to a different position on the bike he's holding. He starts off by gripping the handlebar, but then suddenly he's holding onto the steel frame between both handlebars instead.

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Continuity mistake: After the frog incident, Elliott opens Gertie's closet doors to reveal E.T. dressed in drag. He initially grabs both knobs and starts pulling, but in the following shot no hands are seen gripping the knobs and the doors open up automatically.

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Continuity mistake: When Mike rolls Mary's Audi into the street, his head goes from being within the vehicle to poking out between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When Mike reaches the playground in a stolen van, his friends are there waiting with bikes. On the right we see Greg wearing sunglasses, a red cap and headphones. But in the next shot where they approach the van's rear doors, Greg is suddenly missing his sunglasses.

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Continuity mistake: In the first shot of Mike barreling downhill with the van, he passes by a group of three onlookers. But after Elliott figures out how to disconnect the plastic tube and lose the two men struggling within it, an overhead shot of the neighborhood shows Mike driving past the same group of people yet again (note the orange winter hat and black & white striped jacket worn by the kids).

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Continuity mistake: When the movie starts and ET is about to arrive to his spaceship with the cops behind, the scenes involving ET and the cops are filled with smoke, the ones with the spaceship are smoke clear. This swaps back and forth.

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Continuity mistake: When the movie ends and the spaceship takes off, all the people in the forest suddenly disappear.

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Continuity mistake: When Elliot says goodbye to dead ET, his robe swaps from open to closed around the neck.

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Continuity mistake: When the boys are in the garage looking for things, the light is out, door closed, and they are using torches. Cut to the outside shot - the door is open and the main light is on. This shot is shown with the van outside, then not outside.

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Continuity mistake: While ET is reading the ABC book and brings life to the wilted plant, the position and number of the leaves and flowers are completely different between the front and back shots.

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Continuity mistake: In the scene where Elliott is grieving over E.T., he suddenly rests his head on the casing's circular glass window between shots. This happens a moment before he starts talking.

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Continuity mistake: As Elliott creeps up to the tool shed with a pizza box, watch how the porch swing rotates 180° from one shot to the next.

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Continuity mistake: When Elliott asks Mike about joining the Dungeons and Dragons game, Steve turns his head toward Elliott. In the next shot Steve is staring down at the kitchen table instead.

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Continuity mistake: While escaping from the cops, right before ET makes the bike fly, Elliot is pedalling standing away from the seat, half a meter above ET's head. A frame later, from the front angle, he is seating, his head at ET's level.

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Continuity mistake: When the van enters the playground, the 3 friends and their bikes are parallel to each other. A frame later, the guy with a red cap is several meters behind.

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Continuity mistake: The van reaches the playground, skids and white chunks fall off the rear, covering the grass. When the angle changes, the grass is clean and the chunks are falling down again, though much less amount than before.

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Continuity mistake: When the van enters the playground, a woman in blue walking by the curb suddenly disappears in the following angle.

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Continuity mistake: When Elliot is in the cornfield and sees ET for the first time, there are several shots of him shouting, crawling backwards really nervously. However, there's suddenly a brusque cut to an angle from behind where Elliot stands still totally calm. This shot is senseless.

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Continuity mistake: When the family is having dinner, Gertie's head position and her hands on the fork are inconsistent between shots.

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Continuity mistake: When ET's spaceship takes off and starts flying, the sky is red, a shot later it's blue.

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Continuity mistake: At the end, ET's finger glows and he says "I'll be right here" but in the immediate opposite angle the finger's not glowing.

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Continuity mistake: When Gertie first meets ET his neck is either stretched or not depending on the angle.

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Continuity mistake: Elliot runs the curtain in the van where his brother is at the wheel. He grabs the curtain with his right hand, but in the next shot it has swapped to the left, and the right one is grabbing the lower part of the curtain.

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Continuity mistake: When Gertie enters Elliot's room and sees ET for the first time, her doll switches around between shots.

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Continuity mistake: While the van is escaping from the bad guys with the plastic tube attached to it, from the outside angles there are houses to the right, but from then shots inside the van there are hills. This changes back and forth.

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Continuity mistake: During Halloween night, a guy smashes an egg on Elliot's mom's car. A second later the car is clean and the guy is throwing the egg again.

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Continuity mistake: When the movie starts with all of Mike's friends in the house, one of them picks up some snacks while someone speaks on the phone, yet in the inmediate angle from behind his hand is lowered.

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Continuity mistake: When Elliot grabs the jar to free the frog, the frog stretches up and climbs the side, yet a frame later, from a different angle, it's sitting on the bottom of the jar.

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Continuity mistake: When the kids are running away from the cops, the way the white blanket is folded around ET differs between the wide shots and the close-ups.

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Continuity mistake: When Elliot and the bikers are about to fly, Elliot closes his eyes and there's a close-up on ET's eyes, which reflect a group of people running in front of him. From a wider angle, a frame later, there are two cars with 2 cops standing, no men running.

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Continuity mistake: At the end, when ET tells Gertie to be good, the plant disappears, only to reappear in the next angle.

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Continuity mistake: Elliot shows ET where home is and a close-up shows ET's hands very close together fidgeting with a red object. When the angle changes, the hands are way apart, and the object is gone.

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Continuity mistake: When ET meets Yoda, a group a kids crossing the street from left to right followed by a nurse suddenly appear out of nowhere.

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Continuity mistake: When Gertie tells her mom "Mommy he can talk!" the remote control she was holding a second ago disappears.

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Continuity mistake: Elliot brings food to ET and the toys fall on top of the food. Elliot stretches his fingers to grab the edge of the plate. A frame later, they are away from the edge.

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Continuity mistake: When Elliot falls asleep in the garden and sees ET, from the side angle his hair is messy and sticking up, but brushed in the front angle.

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Continuity mistake: During the bicycle chase, when the cops stop chasing the kids, they pedal next to a dark brown house. In the close-up angle they swerve next to the house, but in the next angle they are pedaling several meters away from the house.

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Continuity mistake: When ET gets beer from the fridge, he tosses food at the dog. The dog is always close to the fridge, by the oven, except for the shots where he is tossed the potato salad, where he is several meters behind, on a rug by the cupboards. This change of position swaps back and forth.

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Continuity mistake: During the bike scene when the kids are about to fly, one of them takes his ski mask off and cries "We made it!" then several FBI agents appear right next to him. Immediately after, the angle changes to the boy with a cap, riding in front, the streets are magically empty again, and if you watch his left shoulder you'll notice the previous kid taking his blue mask off again and the FBI agents repeating the previous movements.

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Continuity mistake: When the final bike chase starts, the kid with the blue ski mask who cries "We made it!" changes positions 3 times in less than 2 seconds: 1) To the left of a kid with a red hat, both behind the one with a cap. 2) To the right of the one with a cap, riding parallel to him. 3) Behind everyone, completely alone.

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Continuity mistake: When ET is about to drink beer, the kitchen towel next to the fridge changes positions between shots, notice the folding of the pattern.

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Continuity mistake: When ET grabs the potato salad the position of his fingers differs between the first and second shot.

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Continuity mistake: Home alone, Elliot leaves for the kitchen and the dog enters the room, scaring ET, who bounces backwards and crashes against a table. When the angle changes, he is repeating all previous movements.

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Continuity mistake: During the bicycle chase, when a police car is about to swerve towards the hills, watch the kids in the background: They're seen approaching the cops, but in the next angle they're meters behind, repeating the previous movements.

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Continuity mistake: After drunken Elliot sinks down his chair, he raises and looks at the girl, his left arm on the desk. A frame later, from the opposite angle, the arm is down.

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Continuity mistake: When Elliot carries the pizza and walks towards the shed, a baseball bat laying on the grass changes positions between shots, and also a big white ball moves closer to him.

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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.

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When the boys are riding their bikes trying to escape with ET, all the bikes have single brake levers on the right side of their handlebars, but after Elliott shouts that they should follow him to the forest, there's a shot from the POV of one of the bike riders (we know it's not Greg or Elliott) and he has two brake levers on his handlebar.

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

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