History Film / ETTheExtraTerrestrial

15th Jun '18 7:26:12 AM DarkStorm
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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The police and government agents are the [[DesignatedVillain villains]] of the film, but even then they are very reasonable, never actively trying to harm the children when they find out and even giving Elliott time to [[spoiler:grieve after ET ''dies'']]. This is particularly true of Keys, who gently talks to Elliott to try and figure out what's wrong with E.T., while declaring to Elliott that E.T.'s presence on Earth is nothing short of a miracle.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The police and government agents are the [[DesignatedVillain villains]] of the film, but even then they are very reasonable, never actively trying to harm the children when they find out and even giving Elliott time to [[spoiler:grieve after ET E.T. ''dies'']]. This is particularly true of Keys, who gently talks to Elliott to try and figure out what's wrong with E.T., while declaring to Elliott that E.T.'s presence on Earth is nothing short of a miracle.


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* VerbalTic: In the film's novelization, E.T. is able to speak much more coherently (rather than only knowing a handful of words), but due to learning English from a Speak-'n-Spell, he usually starts sentences with the command to "Spell..."
7th Jun '18 3:54:23 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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''E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial'' is perhaps Creator/StevenSpielberg's signature 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. Music/JohnWilliams' score, flying bicycles, and an UglyCute alien hero are just the tip of the iceberg here.

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''E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial'' is perhaps Creator/StevenSpielberg's signature film. It was the biggest blockbuster of 1982[[note]] the same year ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'', ''Film/BladeRunner'', ''Film/{{Tron}}'', ''Film/{{Gandhi}}'', ''Film/TheThing1982'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNimh'', ''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn'' and ''Film/TheDarkCrystal'' were released[[/note]] and, in fact, TheEighties as a whole. Music/JohnWilliams' score, flying bicycles, and an UglyCute alien hero are just the tip of the iceberg here.
20th Feb '18 8:24:39 PM marcoasalazarm
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* HeroOfAnotherStory: Something must have happened to Keys to get him interested in aliens, since he claims he's been waiting for something like E.T. to appear since he was 10. (While his claim that "[E.T.] came to me too" seems unlikely, he might be rationalizing this as being the truth FromACertainPointOfView.) He and the rest of the government investigation team are just given very quick scenes where they investigate the remains of E.T.'s and Eliot's shenanigans up until they converge on the house.

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* HeroOfAnotherStory: Something must have happened to Keys to get him interested in aliens, since he claims he's been waiting for something like E.T. to appear since he was 10. (While his claim that "[E.T.] came to me too" seems unlikely, he might be rationalizing this as being the truth FromACertainPointOfView.) He and the rest of the government investigation team are just given very quick (and sinister-looking) scenes where they investigate the remains of E.T.'s and Eliot's shenanigans up until they converge on the house.
20th Feb '18 8:11:34 PM Angeldeb82
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* WhiteAndGrayMorality: Elliot (especially) is obviously the hero who can do no wrong, even spending a lot of the film [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience dressed in bright white thermal underwear evocative of virginal innocence]] to drive the point home; his family are also obviously the good guys by association with him. The government agents and scientists, while they are eventually revealed to be doing commendable work for a worthy cause, are [[GoodIsNotNice more than a bit creepy and overbearing about it]], and spend most of their time in rather sinister shadowy settings. Do they ''have'' to go menacing our protagonists that way? (For civilians, threatening children with guns would typically get them charged with "''felony'' assault with a deadly weapon" in a court of law, even if the guns weren't actually loaded.)

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* WhiteAndGrayMorality: WhiteAndGreyMorality: Elliot (especially) is obviously the hero who can do no wrong, even spending a lot of the film [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience dressed in bright white thermal underwear evocative of virginal innocence]] to drive the point home; his family are also obviously the good guys by association with him. The government agents and scientists, while they are eventually revealed to be doing commendable work for a worthy cause, are [[GoodIsNotNice more than a bit creepy and overbearing about it]], and spend most of their time in rather sinister shadowy settings. Do they ''have'' to go menacing our protagonists that way? (For civilians, threatening children with guns would typically get them charged with "''felony'' assault with a deadly weapon" in a court of law, even if the guns weren't actually loaded.)
15th Feb '18 4:57:25 PM marcoasalazarm
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* HeroOfAnotherStory: Something must have happened to Keys to get him interested in aliens, since he claims he's been waiting for something like E.T. to appear since he was 10. (While his claim that "[E.T.] came to me too" seems unlikely, he might be rationalizing this as being the truth FromACertainPointOfView.)

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* HeroOfAnotherStory: Something must have happened to Keys to get him interested in aliens, since he claims he's been waiting for something like E.T. to appear since he was 10. (While his claim that "[E.T.] came to me too" seems unlikely, he might be rationalizing this as being the truth FromACertainPointOfView.)) He and the rest of the government investigation team are just given very quick scenes where they investigate the remains of E.T.'s and Eliot's shenanigans up until they converge on the house.
15th Feb '18 12:22:23 PM jamespolk
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E.T. learns English -- if only a few words -- through the kids and especially television, and finally is able to tell them what he wants: to "phone home." Elliott helps him rig up a telephone-like device from such things as a Speak-and-Spell to attempt to transmit a message to his planet. But as they wait for a response, E.T. gradually sickens -- as does Elliott, because the alien has developed a psychic bond with him. The government scientists catch up with E.T., and soon all seems lost for the poor little guy. It will take ThePowerOfLove and a daring escape to set things right...

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E.T. learns English -- if only a few words -- through the kids and especially television, and finally is able to tell them what he wants: to "phone home." Elliott helps him rig up a telephone-like device from such things as a Speak-and-Spell to attempt to transmit a message to his planet. But as they wait for a response, E.T. gradually sickens -- as does Elliott, because the alien has developed a psychic bond with him. The government scientists (led by a NoNameGiven character played by Creator/PeterCoyote) catch up with E.T., and soon all seems lost for the poor little guy. It will take ThePowerOfLove and a daring escape to set things right...
9th Jan '18 7:10:15 AM kquinn0830
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* ThisIsReality: Elliot's response when one of Michael's friends suggests that E.T. could "beam up".

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* ThisIsReality: Elliot's response when one of Michael's friends suggests that Greg asks if E.T. could just "beam up".
6th Jan '18 6:27:39 PM costanton11
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''E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial'' is perhaps Creator/StevenSpielberg's signature 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. Creator/JohnWilliams' score, flying bicycles, and an UglyCute alien hero are just the tip of the iceberg here.

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''E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial'' is perhaps Creator/StevenSpielberg's signature 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. Creator/JohnWilliams' Music/JohnWilliams' score, flying bicycles, and an UglyCute alien hero are just the tip of the iceberg here.
6th Jan '18 6:26:59 PM costanton11
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''E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial'' is perhaps Creator/StevenSpielberg's signature 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.T. the Extra-Terrestrial'' is perhaps Creator/StevenSpielberg's signature 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' Creator/JohnWilliams' score, flying bicycles, and an UglyCute alien hero are just the tip of the iceberg here.
31st Oct '17 8:28:42 PM lakingsif
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* MissingChild: Elliot goes off into the woods to help the alien E.T. and stays the night, causing his mother to report him missing.
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