History Film / ETTheExtraterrestrial

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.
22nd Sep '17 4:55:17 PM Tallens
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* RecurringCameraShot: The iconic shot of Elliot's bike flying across the moon is actually repeated later as the gang are going to meet E.T.'s ship, the bikes shown flying across the setting sun, though this shot is considerably less known.
3rd Sep '17 1:25:13 AM SeptimusHeap
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* FullMoonSilhouette: The 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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* FullMoonSilhouette: The 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.Creator/AmblinEntertainment.
30th Jul '17 8:11:55 PM Puterboy1
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* ShirtlessScene: Elliot while being operated on to the scene where he informs Micheal that E.T. is alive.
24th Jun '17 9:40:23 AM Sonic5421
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* StaggeredZoom: Onto Elliott's face as they approach the police barricade, right before E.T. makes all the bicycles fly.

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* StaggeredZoom: Onto Elliott's face as they approach the police barricade, before cutting to one agent pulling out his shotgun, then back to Elliot as he braces himself for the worst, right before E.T. makes all the bicycles fly.


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** Then when Elliot approaches the roadblock at the end of the movie, spotting one agent pulling out his shotgun, Elliot fears the worst and closes his eyes, praying for a miracle. E.T. senses his fear and intervenes.
29th May '17 10:12:34 PM Nakuyabi
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* ExposedExtraterrestrials: When not wearing women's clothes or a white bedsheet over himself, E.T. waddles around naked.

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* ExposedExtraterrestrials: When not wearing Gertie hasn't dressed him up in women's clothes or and Michael and Elliot haven't thrown a white bedsheet bed sheet over himself, him, E.T. waddles around naked. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], since E.T. clearly has [[BarbieDollAnatomy nothing of note between his legs]].



* GirlishPigtails: Gertie has these.

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* GirlishPigtails: Gertie has these.these, as does at least one girl at Elliot's school.



* HopeSpot: After being able to elude the cop cars, one of Michael's friends cheers "We made it!" [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle only for a couple dozen FBI agents to burst back onto the scene]].

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* HopeSpot: After being able to elude the cop cars, one of Michael's friends (Tyler) cheers "We made it!" [[YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle only for a couple dozen FBI agents to burst back onto the scene]].



* NoBiologicalSex: Gertie's not so sure whether E.T. is a boy or a girl, while Elliot insists he's a boy. While they all end up going along with Elliot on this, the obvious complete lack of any kind of genitals in all of E.T.'s people makes that a purely arbitrary designation. The books, of course, pretty much confirm this.



* PlayingSick: Elliot fakes a fever, going so far as to hold a thermometer to a light bulb, in order to spend the day with E.T.

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* PlayingSick: Elliot fakes a fever, going so far as to hold a thermometer to a light bulb, in order to spend the day with E.T. In an extra scene in the extended version, he also pretends to throw up over the phone.



* {{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 feminine 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 This doesn't stop her from giving an appropriately ear-splitting high pitched feminine scream.shriek whenever she has cause to scream ([[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl since she's, like, six]]).
29th May '17 8:13:18 PM Nakuyabi
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* FailedASpotCheck: Mary fails ''several'', even when Gertie blithely disregards her promise to Elliot and Michael to keep quiet and tries to introduce E.T. to her mother. To drive home how absent-minded and distracted by her daily grind she is, Mary even fails to draw any conclusions upon getting a call from Elliot's school about his AlcoholInducedIdiocy in class that day, asking whether they're sure they've got the right Elliot while she's ''sniffing an empty beer can'' E.T. left on the floor.



-->'''Mary''': [[FunnyBackgroundEvent I am not paying for frogs!]]



** Michael's and Greg's swearing, as noted in BleepDammit and OhCrap; rather muffled, but audible nonetheless.

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** Michael's Michael and Greg's Tyler's swearing, as noted in BleepDammit and OhCrap; rather muffled, but audible nonetheless.



* InvisibleToAdults: To keep Gertie from telling their mother (Mary) about E.T., Elliot claims E.T. is this. She doesn't believe him, but Mary spends a lot of the movie proving him ''[[MissedASpotCheck right]]''.

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* InvisibleToAdults: To keep Gertie from telling their mother (Mary) about E.T., Elliot claims E.T. is this. She doesn't believe him, but Mary spends a lot of the movie proving him ''[[MissedASpotCheck ''[[FailedASpotCheck right]]''.
29th May '17 7:33:55 PM Nakuyabi
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Mary fails to keep from laughing at Elliott's calling Michael "penis breath!" for a few moments before she regains her composure enough to tell him "Sit down."

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



* FreezeFrameBonus: Very near the beginning of the film as the camera shows some of the specimens E.T.'s people have collected in their ship, one of them looks something like a big tree with a man's face on it. As the camera pans past him, if you're watching closely (you may have to use the slow-play button or run it a couple of times to catch this), you can see his lips move as he lets out an audible sigh!

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* FreezeFrameBonus: FreezeFrameBonus:
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Very near the beginning of the film as the camera shows some of the specimens E.T.'s people have collected in their ship, one of them looks something like a big tree with a man's face on it. As the camera pans past him, if you're watching closely (you may have to use the slow-play button or run it a couple of times to catch this), you can see his lips move as he lets out an audible sigh!sigh!
** A lot of background details give educated adults a Genius Bonus or Parental Bonus. For instance, overheard snippets of conversation Mary has on the phone suggest she's waiting for someone named "Jerry" on Halloween (who stands her up, however, which is why she's muttering invectives through the wand she's carrying in her teeth as she gets in her car to go find her children). The doctors' dialogue [[spoiler: while they're trying and failing to save E.T.]] is [[ShownTheirWork real medical talk]] and indicates they have some credible working theories on what the problem is, and a number of people are shown carrying away sealed containers presumably containing just about every item that came in contact with E.T. and might have his DNA on it and loading it into vans to be taken to government labs for analysis. A glance around the quarantined room (particularly after everybody steps out [[spoiler: to give Elliot some time to make his farewells to E.T.]]) shows a camera mounted on a tripod pointed at the hospital beds; ''somebody'' had the sense to be getting a record of everything happening during what's basically America's FirstContact with an extraterrestrial.
29th May '17 6:45:50 PM Nakuyabi
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* FreezeFrameBonus: Very near the beginning of the film as the camera shows some of the specimens E.T.'s people have collected in their ship, one of them looks something like a big tree with a man's face on it. As the camera pans past him, if you're watching closely (you may have to use the slow-play button or run it a couple of times to catch this), you can see his lips move as he lets out an audible sigh!
29th May '17 6:36:46 PM Nakuyabi
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* BehindTheBlack: During the HopeSpot (below) when a character says that they have lost their pursuers a large group of agent appear from ''right off camera''.

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* BehindTheBlack: During the HopeSpot (below) when a character Tyler says that they have they've lost their pursuers pursuers, a large group of agent appear agents rushes in from ''right off camera''.camera'' on either side.



* BrandishmentBluff: Apparently, the police at the barricade weren't actually planning to ''use'' those big intimidating shotguns.



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

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



* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: Not quite; E.T.'s one of the rare examples who can't go as himself. He needs a [[BedsheetGhost formless ghost sheet]].
* FreeTheFrogs: A drunk Elliot disrupts frog dissection in science class.

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* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: Not quite; E.T.'s one of the rare examples exceptions who can't go as himself. He needs a [[BedsheetGhost formless ghost sheet]].
* FreeTheFrogs: A drunk drunk-by-proxy Elliot disrupts the frog dissection in his science class.



** If you look closely in the first scene with any dialogue, that's ''cigarette smoke'' floating around the boys. Since Mary obviously wouldn't encourage any teen smoking in her house, the cigarette must have been hers. That she's also got a pack of [[ProductPlacement Coors]] in her fridge suggests her split with her husband has lately had her [[DrowningMySorrows taking up some bad habits]] off-screen.



* HumansAreMorons: Averted. Not only do humans heal him and help send him home but there are many moments in which E.T. seems less intelligent than humans, despite coming from a more advanced race, such as when he becomes fascinated with a can of pencils, only to run screaming when they tip over.

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* HumansAreMorons: Averted. Not only do humans heal him and help send him home home, but there are many moments in which E.T. seems less intelligent than humans, despite coming from a more advanced race, race; such as when he becomes fascinated with a can of pencils, only to run screaming when they tip over.



* InvisibleToAdults: To keep Gertie from telling their mother about E.T., Elliot claims E.T. is this. She doesn't believe him.

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* InvisibleToAdults: To keep Gertie from telling their mother (Mary) about E.T., Elliot claims E.T. is this. She doesn't believe him.him, but Mary spends a lot of the movie proving him ''[[MissedASpotCheck right]]''.



* 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".
** 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"]].)

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* NoNameGiven: The scientist (played by Peter Coyote) 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 He's even listed just as "Keys".
"Keys" in the ending credits.
** 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 described referring to him as [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep "The Doctor of Botany"]].)



* OhCrap: The scientists attempting to scramble back into the moving van, as Elliott pulls out the last peg from an attached walkway.
** "[[TemptingFate We made it!]]" *agents attack* "Oh, shit!"
* OneHeadTaller: PlayedForLaughs; Elliott has to climb on top of [[ScullyBox a fallen classmate]] to kiss the girl.

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* OhCrap: The scientists attempting to scramble back into the moving van, as Elliott pulls out the last peg from an attached walkway.
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walkway. Then there's Tyler's little HopeSpot moment:
--> Tyler:
"[[TemptingFate We made it!]]" *agents attack* [[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar softly]]] "Oh, shit!"
* OneHeadTaller: PlayedForLaughs; Elliott has to climb on top of [[ScullyBox a fallen classmate]] classmate crawling after his escaped frog]] to kiss the girl.



* 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]]

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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 to, at least]]



--> '''Gert:''' Anyways, why would Elliott go to the forest? Why would he do such a thing?

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--> '''Gert:''' '''Gertie:''' Anyways, why would Elliott go to the forest? Why would he do such a thing?



** 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.]]

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** And then when [[spoiler:that fails]], this turns into [[spoiler:AlienAutopsy, [[spoiler: AlienAutopsy, as Elliot assumes this is what they plan to do with his body and says tells Keys as much. Keys doesn't try to deny it, though events afterward render any questions as to whether that was indeed what they were planning another moot point. (From the background dialogue, the doctors indicated all the equipment they'd used on E.T. was being sent to a lab for analysis, though, so to their faces. This, too, ends up being something we fortunately never get plans to find out.]]do an autopsy on E.T. are a near-certainty as well.)]]
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