History Film / ETTheExtraterrestrial

21st May '17 12:22:57 AM glickmam
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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 telling him that E.T.'s presence on Earth is 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 ''dies'']]. This is particularly true of Keys, who gently talks to Elliott to try and figure out what's wrong with E.T., while telling him declaring to Elliott that E.T.'s presence on Earth is nothing short of a miracle.
19th May '17 5:18:36 PM Nakuyabi
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* ArmiesAreEvil: Averted. They're more like obstructive and arguably they have a point.

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* ArmiesAreEvil: Averted. They're more like obstructive mostly just a bit obnoxiously obstructive, and arguably they (considering all the rubberneckers gathering at the scene) have a point.some reason to be.



* BizarreAlienBiology: Background dialogue from the doctors (see CastTheExpert) indicates that E.T.'s DNA uses six bases instead of four. (This could explain why he got sick: he became malnourished from eating Earth food.)

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* BizarreAlienBiology: Background dialogue from the doctors (see CastTheExpert) indicates that E.T.'s DNA uses six bases nucleotides instead of four. (This could may help explain why he got sick: he became malnourished from eating Earth food.Earth's food doesn't provide him sufficient nourishment.)



** Exactly what the two guys in the plastic tunnel segment yell at Elliot after the van ditches them [[TheUnintelligible we may never know]], but it can't have been anything nice.



%%* NeverTrustATrailer



* OhCrap: The scientist attempting to scramble back into the moving van, as Elliott pulls out the last peg of an attached walkway.
** "We made it!" *looks back* "Oh shit!"

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* OhCrap: The scientist scientists attempting to scramble back into the moving van, as Elliott pulls out the last peg of from an attached walkway.
** "We "[[TemptingFate We made it!" *looks back* "Oh it!]]" *agents attack* "Oh, shit!"


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** The 20th Anniversary Edition also had several ''more'' products conveniently edited into it in various places. (Originally, a lot of the products in the refrigerator in Elliot's home had to be turned backward to conceal their brand names since the products' makers hadn't paid to be plugged.)
19th May '17 4:57:05 PM Nakuyabi
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Mary fails to contain her laughter when reprimanding Elliott for calling Michael "penis breath".

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Mary fails to contain her laughter when reprimanding Elliott for keep from laughing at Elliott's calling Michael "penis breath".breath!" for a few moments before she regains her composure enough to tell him "Sit down."


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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Elliot's rather... inventive insult to Michael, the obscenity of which can only increase the more one analyzes it.
** The pretty classmate Elliot swings back into the room in order to steal a kiss is clearly already pretty interested in him [[ForeShadowing earlier at the bus stop]], and seems a bit sorry to see him go when the teacher hauls him away.
** Michael's and Greg's swearing, as noted in BleepDammit and OhCrap; rather muffled, but audible nonetheless.
19th May '17 3:55:27 PM Nakuyabi
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* BrandishmentBluff: Apparently, the police at the barricade weren't actually planning to ''use'' those big intimidating shotguns.



* HeroAntagonist: Keys and the rest of the agents may consider this. It's no crime for the Secret Service to investigate a possible alien invader who could be dangerous for the society. E.T. is actually peaceful but they don't know.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Something must have happened to Keys to get him interested in aliens, since he's been waiting for something like E.T. to appear since he was 10.

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* HeroAntagonist: Keys and the rest of the agents may consider count as this. It's no crime for the Secret Service to investigate a possible alien invader who could be dangerous for the society. to humanity. While E.T. is actually entirely a peaceful but creature, they don't know.
had no way of knowing that from the beginning.
* 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.)



* WeaponForIntimidation: Those guns, which Elliot's mother Mary is understandably upset to see the government agents waving around while chasing her kids.
-->'''Mary''': No guns! They're '''children'''!



* 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]] to drive the point home; his family are obviously the good guys by association. The government agents and scientists, while they are eventually revealed to be doing commendable work, are being more than a bit creepy and overbearing about it, and spend most of their time in rather sinister shadowy settings.

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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]] underwear evocative of virginal innocence]] to drive the point home; his family are also obviously the good guys by association. association with him. The government agents and scientists, while they are eventually revealed to be doing commendable work, work for a worthy cause, are being [[GoodIsNotNice more than a bit creepy and overbearing about it, it]], and spend most of their time in rather sinister shadowy settings.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.)
19th May '17 3:35:47 PM Nakuyabi
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* SinisterSurveillance: This movie [[{{Anvilicious}} lays this trope on pretty thick]] with close-ups of an agent's eye and a couple of {{Empathy Doll Shot}}s in a number of scenes showing the government's agents listening in on Elliot and Michael, and later searching through their house for E.T. This creepiness builds to a crescendo when they finally reveal themselves by gathering together and moving in for what's basically a full-scale ''home invasion''.
-->'''Mary''': This is '''my''' home!


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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]] to drive the point home; his family are obviously the good guys by association. The government agents and scientists, while they are eventually revealed to be doing commendable work, are being more than a bit creepy and overbearing about it, and spend most of their time in rather sinister shadowy settings.
15th Apr '17 4:00:41 PM eroock
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* FullMoonSilhouette: The UrExample.

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* FullMoonSilhouette: The UrExample.UrExample in the scene where ET makes Elliot's bike fly. The image of the bike silhouetted against the moon became the logo of Creator/StevenSpielberg's production company AmblinEntertainment.


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* GiganticMoon: As part of the FullMoonSilhouette scene.
13th Apr '17 12:07:21 PM Unicorndance
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*** And Elliott has an action figure of Greedo.



* ShipperOnDeck: The reason Elliot reenacted the kiss scene from ''Film/TheQuietMan'', was because E.T. was telepathically influencing him while watching that movie.

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** Mary reading ''Literature/PeterPan'' to Gertie.
* ShipperOnDeck: The reason Elliot reenacted the kiss scene from ''Film/TheQuietMan'', was because E.T. was telepathically influencing him while watching that movie. movie.
* SiblingRivalry: Several times, including Michael being a BigBrotherBully, Elliot calling him "penis breath", the boys threatening to steal Gertie's doll and Elliot calling Gertie a "twerp".



* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: [[spoiler:Both Elliott and E.T. get laid down on operating tables when they are sick and the house is quarantined. Unfortunately, E.T. doesn't last very long...]]

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* StrappedToAnOperatingTable: [[spoiler:Both Elliott and E.T. get laid down on operating tables when they are sick and the house is quarantined. Unfortunately, E.T. doesn't last very long...]]or appear to at least]]
4th Apr '17 12:45:44 PM DustSnitch
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* SistineSteal: Michelangelo beat Spielberg to the "touch fingers with a magical being" shot by a few centuries, but that didn't stop the image lifted from the Art/SistineChapel from appearing front and center in the movie's poster.

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* SistineSteal: Michelangelo beat Spielberg to the "touch fingers with a magical being" shot by a few centuries, but that didn't stop the image lifted from the Art/SistineChapel from appearing front and center in the movie's poster.DVD cover and several posters.
4th Apr '17 12:44:14 PM DustSnitch
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* SistineSteal: Michelangelo beat Spielberg to the "touch fingers with a magical being" shot by a few centuries.

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* SistineSteal: Michelangelo beat Spielberg to the "touch fingers with a magical being" shot by a few centuries.centuries, but that didn't stop the image lifted from the Art/SistineChapel from appearing front and center in the movie's poster.
11th Feb '17 2:16:41 PM NWolfman
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* BigStupidDooDooHead: Subverted when Eliot angrily calls Michael "penis breath." It sounds like something a ten-year-old would say, but when you think about it, he's [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar calling Michael a cocksucker]].
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