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

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

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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: 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).

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

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

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

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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: 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: Carlo Rambaldi, who had designed the main friendly, smiling and waving alien in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, also created E.T.

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Trivia: There was almost a sequel to E.T. that would have introduced evil aliens who had kidnapped Elliot and his efforts to reach his alien friend - Spielberg, thankfully, did not pursue it beyond a preliminary script.

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Trivia: E.T.'s candy preference was born out of concerns raised by Mars, Inc. That the friendly alien was too frightful for kids and would potentially hurt sales of their M&Ms. Hershey's Reese's Pieces were then used, and sales of that candy rose upon the release of the blockbuster film.

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Trivia: Peter Coyote was cast as Agent Keys in "E.T. The Extraterrestrial" because he had impressed Steven Spielberg a few years earlier, when Coyote auditioned for the part of Indiana Jones in "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Unfortunately, Coyote tripped and stumbled during that audition (conveying an awkward and apologetic image, just the opposite of the confident and sure-footed Indiana Jones image), so Coyote didn't get the part. But Steven Spielberg never forgot Coyote and subsequently cast him in E.T.

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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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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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