History Film / ETTheExtraTerrestrial

31st Jul '16 12:40:10 PM SuddenFrost
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** E.T. qualifies as well since E.T. is the nickname Elliott gave him. Justified in the fact E.T. knows limited English and we never see him interact with any of his species.

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** E.T. qualifies as well since E.T. is the nickname Elliott gave him. Justified in the fact E.T. knows limited English and we never see him interact with any of his species. (In the sequel novel, ''The Book of the Green Planet,'' even after E.T. returns to his home planet the narration always calls him "E.T." His own people are only ever seen referring to him as [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep "The Doctor of Botany"]].)
27th Jul '16 4:01:09 PM SammyBoy123
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* NightmareFuel: The opening scene with E.T. running from the alien hunters, E.T. coming out of the shed towards Elliott, E.T.'s near-death experience and the invasion of Elliott's home by the alien hunters.
25th Jun '16 7:54:04 PM freesefan
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* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:E.T. being able to make Elliot's bike fly.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: The BMX bikers using their skills to evade the police in the movie's finale.

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* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:E.ChekhovsSkill:
** E.
T. being able to make Elliot's bike fly.]]
* ChekhovsSkill: The BMX bikers using
fly comes in handy when trying to avoid the FBI.
** For that matter all of Michael's biker friends find
their skills to evade the police in the movie's finale.useful during that chase.
20th May '16 8:18:27 PM ThePocket
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* TheyWouldCutYouUp: Elliot is understandably afraid that something like this will happen to E.T. if ''any'' grownups find out about him. He doesn't even trust his mother. And the government is indeed looking for him, but we never do find out what they had in mind because he's terminally ill when they find him and curing his condition becomes priority #1.
** And then when [[spoiler:that fails]], this turns into [[spoiler:AlienAutopsy, as Elliot assumes this is what they plan to do with his body and says so to their faces. This, too, ends up being something we fortunately never get to find out.]]
9th May '16 1:41:37 AM KenKevinStriker
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* TheRival: ''Film/{{The Thing|1982}}'' was this to ''E.T.'', one of the reasons it didn't get any notice until a decade later, was because many people watching ''E.T.'' didn't like the idea of an evil alien.

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* TheRival: ''Film/{{The Thing|1982}}'' was this to ''E.T.'', one of the reasons it didn't get any notice until a decade later, VHS and cable, was because many people watching ''E.T.'' didn't like the idea of an evil alien.
8th Apr '16 12:16:11 PM sarysa
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* ObviousStuntDouble: During the bike chase, [[http://l.yimg.com/os/publish-images/movies/2014-03-27/3237d5a0-b5a8-11e3-a9b6-6592bd57c1dc_stunt-doubles-et.jpg as this image shows]], 10-year old Elliot's stunt double is a full grown man. Having the teenagers' stunt doubles as taller-than-average men did not make this much less obvious.
4th Apr '16 4:40:58 PM Antwan
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* AllThereInTheManual: E.T.'s backstory. He's a member of a low grade HiveMind, essentially a sentient drone: In some ways his intelligence is very simple and childlike, in others, very sophisticated, as befitting field crew. When he is cut off from his group mind, his body, not equipped to handle isolation, begins to break down, hastened by Earth's very high gravity. His telepathic bond with Elliot slows the process, but also makes him an accidental PowerParasite, draining Elliot. When his ship gets in range, he automatically reconnects with the network, which immediately halts the decay and heals him.
* AlwaysWithYou

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* AllThereInTheManual: E.T.'s backstory. He's a member of a low grade HiveMind, essentially a sentient drone: In some ways his intelligence is very simple and childlike, in others, very sophisticated, as befitting field crew. When he is cut off from his group mind, his body, not equipped to handle isolation, begins to break down, hastened by Earth's very high gravity. His telepathic bond with Elliot Elliott slows the process, but also makes him an accidental PowerParasite, draining Elliot.Elliott. When his ship gets in range, he automatically reconnects with the network, which immediately halts the decay and heals him.
* AlwaysWithYouAlwaysWithYou: "I'll be... right here."



* BatmanInMyBasement

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* BatmanInMyBasementBatmanInMyBasement: Pretty much the plot of the entire film: the kids keep E.T. hidden in the house while E.T. finds a way to contact his planet so he can go home.



* ButNowIMustGo: "I'll be... right here."

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* ButNowIMustGo: "I'll be... right here."[[spoiler:When the space ship finally arrives to take E.T. home.]]



* ChekhovsSkill: The BMX bikers using their skills to evade the Police in the movie's finale.

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* ChekhovsSkill: The BMX bikers using their skills to evade the Police police in the movie's finale.



* DramaticAlienVTOL: When E.T. finally goes home.

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* DramaticAlienVTOL: When [[spoiler:When E.T. finally goes home.]]



* ExposedExtraterrestrials

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* ExposedExtraterrestrialsExposedExtraterrestrials: When not wearing women's clothes or a white bedsheet over himself, E.T. waddles around naked.



* MessianicArchetype: E.T., right down to the resurrection and the Michaelangelo touching of fingers between man and the Divine. So blatant was the parable it was spoofed on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':

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* MessianicArchetype: E.T., right down to the resurrection and the Michaelangelo Michelangelo touching of fingers between man and the Divine. So blatant was the parable it was spoofed on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':



* MoodMotif

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* MoodMotifMoodMotif: When the government agents are on screen, the music shifts to a much scarier tone.



* PowerWalk: The goverment agents does this as they head for Elliot's home.

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* PowerWalk: The goverment government agents does do this as they head for Elliot's home.



* SistineSteal: Michaelangelo beat Spielberg to the "touch fingers with a magical being" shot by a few centuries.

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* SistineSteal: Michaelangelo Michelangelo beat Spielberg to the "touch fingers with a magical being" shot by a few centuries.



* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: When Elliott goes to the forest at Halloween and his mother asks where he is. Gert: "Anyways, why would Elliott go to the forest? Why would he do such a thing?"

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* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: When Elliott goes to the forest at Halloween and his mother asks where he is. Gert: "Anyways, is.
--> '''Gert:''' Anyways,
why would Elliott go to the forest? Why would he do such a thing?"thing?



* {{Tomboy}}: Gertie. She wears a baseball cap and for Halloween she likes go as a cowgirl. Funnily enough she screams in a familiar high pitched femine scream.

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* {{Tomboy}}: Gertie. She wears a baseball cap and for Halloween she likes go as a cowgirl. Funnily enough she screams in a familiar high pitched femine feminine scream.



-->'''Tyler:''' "Where's he from? Uranus? [[DontExplainTheJoke Get it? Your anus?]]"\\

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-->'''Tyler:''' "Where's Where's he from? Uranus? [[DontExplainTheJoke Get it? Your anus?]]"\\anus?]]\\



'''Tyler:''' "Get it, YOUR? ANUS?"

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'''Tyler:''' "Get Get it, YOUR? ANUS?"ANUS?
26th Jan '16 11:10:22 PM gallium
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* ABoyAndHisX: One of the archetypal examples.



** The change was mocked mercilessly by many, but perhaps most infamously by ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' in the episode "Free Hat" (which showed us what would have happened if this change had also been applied to ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan''). After the episode aired, Spielberg himself later admitted that editing E.T. was a mistake and vowed never to do such a thing again.
** [[Creator/LewisBlack "And you know what they're saying into those walkie-talkies? 'Where the hell are our guns? We're trying to stop an alien from escaping!'"]]
** The Halloween costume has its own problems: it's rather more of a stretch that Mary would have a problem with him dressing as a hippie, and the costume looks even less like a hippie than it did a terrorist.
*** The bowdlerizing of the "terrorist" line had been prevalent since the first VHS release. In the first video copies, Mary says "You're not going out like ''that''!"
**** Years later Spielberg admitted it was a mistake and restored the shotguns along with the 1982 version in the Blu Ray release.



* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:E.T. being able to make Elliot's bike fly.]] [[note]]In a metaphorical sense, wouldn't it be Chekhov's Walkie-Talkie in the special edition?[[/note]]

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* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:E.T. being able to make Elliot's bike fly.]] [[note]]In a metaphorical sense, wouldn't it be Chekhov's Walkie-Talkie in the special edition?[[/note]]



* DramaticDrop

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* DramaticDropDramaticDrop: You'd probably drop your coffee too if you found your son and a dying alien on the floor of your bathroom.



* EverytownAmerica: While the town Elliot live in is never mentioned, he points to Northern California on a map when showing E.T. where they live.

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* EverytownAmerica: While the town Elliot live in is never mentioned, he points to Northern California on a map when showing E.T. where they live. (The actual house is in the L.A. neighborhood of Tujunga at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains.)



* FollowTheLeader: A few mostly-forgotten knockoffs such as ''Nukie'' and especially ''Film/MacAndMe'', which cranks the ProductPlacement UpToEleven. More successfully, this was the likely inspiration for the {{Sitcom}} ''Series/{{ALF}}''.
** Less successfully, the [[ABoyAndHisX boy and his alien]] plot was stolen for the ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]''-fodder ''Film/PodPeople.''



* FreeTheFrogs

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* FreeTheFrogsFreeTheFrogs: A drunk Elliot disrupts frog dissection in science class.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Michael says "son of a bitch" at one point when he's driving the van. It's said so quietly that you have to have the subtitles turned on to catch it the first time around.
** Also:
--->'''Elliott''': *fed up that nobody believes him about E.T.* IT'S NOTHING LIKE THAT, PENIS BREATH!
** (Especially considering what "penis breath" is implying.)



* KissingUnderTheInfluence

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* KissingUnderTheInfluenceKissingUnderTheInfluence: Elliot, psychically drunk on E.T.'s beer, kisses the pretty girl in his science class.



** Even more blatant in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', where the Warners are helping Michaelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel. For the centerpiece, they paint E.T. and Elliot in place of God and Adam.
** Spielberg himself has said he never intended the film to be interpreted as a religious fable, and has himself joked about it. Notably, the aforementioned Animaniacs was produced by Spielberg.

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** Even more blatant in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', where the Warners are helping Michaelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel. For the centerpiece, they paint E.T. and Elliot in place of God and Adam.
** Spielberg himself has said he never intended the film to be interpreted as a religious fable, and has himself joked about it. Notably, the aforementioned Animaniacs was produced by Spielberg.



* NoNameGiven / OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The scientist tracking E.T. begins the film as a nameless, faceless figure distinguished by the bunch of keys hanging from his belt; later in the film, when he becomes a more sympathetic figure, his face is shown, but his name is never revealed. In the end credits he is listed as "Keys".

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* NoNameGiven / OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: NoNameGiven: The scientist tracking E.T. begins the film as a nameless, faceless figure distinguished by the bunch of keys hanging from his belt; later in the film, when he becomes a more sympathetic figure, his face is shown, but his name is never revealed. In the end credits he is listed as "Keys".



* PlayingSick
* PlotHole: As the ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' parody asked, why couldn't E.T. heal himself with his own finger when he fell ill, or fly to escape the scientists at the beginning?
** Pretty sure one's healing powers can't heal one's own DeathByDespair. No good reason for him not flying himself, though.
** Considering that stuff he healed started dying when he did, it doesn't seem to be able to heal anything past his own health. Ergo, he'd just making himself as healthy as himself, and do nothing.

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* PlayingSick
* PlotHole: As
PlayingSick: Elliot fakes a fever, going so far as to hold a thermometer to a light bulb, in order to spend the ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' parody asked, why couldn't day with E.T. heal himself with his own finger when he fell ill, or fly to escape the scientists at the beginning?\n** Pretty sure one's healing powers can't heal one's own DeathByDespair. No good reason for him not flying himself, though.\n** Considering that stuff he healed started dying when he did, it doesn't seem to be able to heal anything past his own health. Ergo, he'd just making himself as healthy as himself, and do nothing.



* RuleOfDrama: When they finally lose off the house, the government agents can't simply walk in and announce their presence via megaphone to remain calm as they enter. No, they have to silently come in the doors and stand at the windows holding out their arms menacingly.

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* RuleOfDrama: When they finally lose close off the house, the government agents can't simply walk in and announce their presence via megaphone to remain calm as they enter. No, they have to silently come in the doors and stand at the windows holding out their arms menacingly.



*** Came full circle when members of E.T.'s species appeared in the Galactic Senate in ''Film/ThePhantomMenace''.
*** And in the ExpandedUniverse, we have the E.T. Species senator funding an extra-galactic botanical expedition...
*** And in ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', Yoda's departure from Kashyyk looks much like ET's departure from Earth.



* ShipperOnDeck: The reason Elliot reenacted the kiss scene from Film/TheQuietMan, was because E.T. was telepathically influencing him while watching that movie.
* SistineSteal: One that ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' hilariously brought full circle in one short: The Warner siblings help Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel and the result is that Elliott and E.T. are depicted upon it. [[spoiler:And the Pope looked just like Spielberg. He liked it too.]]

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* ShipperOnDeck: The reason Elliot reenacted the kiss scene from Film/TheQuietMan, ''Film/TheQuietMan'', was because E.T. was telepathically influencing him while watching that movie.
* SistineSteal: One that ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' hilariously brought full circle in one short: The Warner siblings help Michelangelo paint Michaelangelo beat Spielberg to the Sistine Chapel and the result is that Elliott and E.T. are depicted upon it. [[spoiler:And the Pope looked just like Spielberg. He liked it too.]]"touch fingers with a magical being" shot by a few centuries.



* ThisIsReality

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* ThisIsRealityThisIsReality: Elliot's response when one of Michael's friends suggests that E.T. could "beam up".



* YouCanTalk

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* YouCanTalkYouCanTalk: Gertie is pretty amazed when E.T. shows he's learned English.
25th Jan '16 3:49:59 PM SunriseWarrior
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Mary fails to contain her laughter when reprimanding her son Elliott for calling Michael "penis breath".

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Mary fails to contain her laughter when reprimanding her son Elliott for calling Michael "penis breath".
30th Dec '15 5:49:16 PM eroock
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'''''E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial''''' is perhaps Creator/StevenSpielberg's signature fantasy film. It was the biggest blockbuster of 1982[[note]] the same year ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', ''Film/BladeRunner'', ''Film/{{Tron}}'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNimh'', ''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn'' and ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'' were released[[/note]] and, in fact, TheEighties as a whole. JohnWilliams' score, flying bicycles, and an UglyCute alien hero are just the tip of the iceberg here.

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'''''E.''E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial''''' Extra-Terrestrial'' is perhaps Creator/StevenSpielberg's signature fantasy film. It was the biggest blockbuster of 1982[[note]] the same year ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', ''Film/BladeRunner'', ''Film/{{Tron}}'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNimh'', ''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn'' and ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'' were released[[/note]] and, in fact, TheEighties as a whole. JohnWilliams' score, flying bicycles, and an UglyCute alien hero are just the tip of the iceberg here.
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