History Trivia / ETTheExtraTerrestrial

20th Oct '17 9:06:01 PM Darthman616
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* DuelingMovies: With John Carpenter's darker take on an alien counter in ''Film/TheThing1982''. ''E.T.'' trounced it with critics at the time and at the box office. But both are held up as sci-fi classics now.
21st Sep '17 11:07:32 PM jameygamer
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* GenreKiller: ''E.T'' is the mascot of the Great Crash of 1983, which not only reduced Atari to a shadow of its former self for the remainder of the 80s and 90s, but destroyed almost everyone else in the industry, and likely would have sent gaming into a permanent small niche or worse had Nintendo not stepped up. It's also part of the reason some other Hollywood studios, most notably Creator/{{Disney}}, hesitated in the gaming market and fumbled several times).

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* GenreKiller: ''E.T'' is the mascot of the Great Crash of 1983, which not only reduced Atari to a shadow of its former self for the remainder of the 80s and 90s, but destroyed almost everyone else in the industry, and likely would have sent gaming into a permanent small niche or worse had Nintendo not stepped up. It's also part of the reason some other Hollywood studios, most notably Creator/{{Disney}}, hesitated in the gaming market and fumbled several times).times.
21st Sep '17 11:05:49 PM jameygamer
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* GenreKiller: ''E.T'' is the mascot of the Great Crash of 1983, which not only reduced Atari to a shadow of its former self for the remainder of the 80s and 90s, but destroyed almost everyone else in the industry, and likely would have sent gaming into a permanent small niche or worse had Nintendo not stepped up. It's also part of the reason some other Hollywood studios, most notably Creator/{{Disney}}, hesitated in the gaming market and fumbled several times (one of the men who got to witness ''E.T.'' the video game's nuclear failure up close was Warner exec Frank Wells, who, along with Michael Eisner and future Spielberg partner Jeffrey Katzenberg, took over Disney two years after ''E.T.'' imploded on store shelves).

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* GenreKiller: ''E.T'' is the mascot of the Great Crash of 1983, which not only reduced Atari to a shadow of its former self for the remainder of the 80s and 90s, but destroyed almost everyone else in the industry, and likely would have sent gaming into a permanent small niche or worse had Nintendo not stepped up. It's also part of the reason some other Hollywood studios, most notably Creator/{{Disney}}, hesitated in the gaming market and fumbled several times (one of the men who got to witness ''E.T.'' the video game's nuclear failure up close was Warner exec Frank Wells, who, along with Michael Eisner and future Spielberg partner Jeffrey Katzenberg, took over Disney two years after ''E.T.'' imploded on store shelves).times).
9th Sep '17 7:58:02 AM rjd1922
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** Melissa Mathison wrote a script for a sequel called ''E.T. II: Nocturnal Nightmares'' where an evil group of E.T.'s people would come to Earth looking for him and torture Elliott and his family for information; but (mercifully, some would say) it never left the drawing board.

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** The film's screenwriter Melissa Mathison wrote a script for a sequel called ''E.T. II: Nocturnal Nightmares'' Fears'' where an evil group of E.T.'s people would come to Earth looking for him and torture Elliott and his family for information; but (mercifully, some would say) it never left the drawing board.
9th Sep '17 7:57:05 AM rjd1922
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** There was almost a sequel where an evil group of E.T.'s people would come to Earth looking for him and torture Elliott and his family for information; but (mercifully, some would say) it never left the drawing board.

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** There was almost Melissa Mathison wrote a script for a sequel called ''E.T. II: Nocturnal Nightmares'' where an evil group of E.T.'s people would come to Earth looking for him and torture Elliott and his family for information; but (mercifully, some would say) it never left the drawing board.



** Originally E.T. was going to develop a crush on Elliott's mother. Some scenes of this were filmed before this subplot was scrapped. This also made it into the novelization.

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** Originally E.T. was going to develop a crush on Elliott's mother. Some scenes of this were filmed before this subplot was scrapped. This also made it into the novelization.{{novelization}}.



** Elliot was originally going to lure E.T. into his house using [=M&M's=], but this proposal of ProductPlacement was ''rejected'' by the company's executive, who perceived the movie as having an AudienceAlienatingPremise. Instead, Reese's Pieces were used, and Hershey's sold so many Reese's Pieces that they were able to become a major competitor to the Mars Candy Company. [=M&M's=] are still used in the novelization.

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** Elliot was originally going to lure E.T. into his house using [=M&M's=], but this proposal of ProductPlacement was ''rejected'' by the company's executive, [[ItWillNeverCatchOn who perceived the movie movie]] as having an AudienceAlienatingPremise. Instead, Reese's Pieces were used, and Hershey's sold so many Reese's Pieces that they were able to become a major competitor to the Mars Candy Company. [=M&M's=] are still used in the novelization.
19th Jun '17 12:32:28 PM DanielCase
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* HoistByTheirOwnPetard: Having been caught short when ''VideoGame/PacMan'' sold so well it caused a shortage of consoles as people bought them specifically to play the game[[note]]and be disappointed[[/note]], Atari revved up production of consoles, expecting the same thing to happen. The huge overstock it was left with, just as [[TechnologyMarchesOn technology was beginning to advance past the 2600's capabilities]], contributed to the decline in Atari's fortunes over the next few years.
** Likewise, the company's aggressive sales tactics, practically forcing retailers to preorder vast stocks of the cartridges, led to the famous embarrassment of having to secretly bury all the many many returned cartridges in a secured landfill, a rumor that would not be confirmed until 2014 when the evidence was (literally) unearthed.
29th May '17 10:48:13 PM Nakuyabi
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** Gertie's line "I don't like his feet" was ad-libbed, as was her "Gimme a break!" response to Elliot's claim that grown-ups can't see E.T. (You can also hear her prattling away unscripted in the background while Elliot and Michael are showing E.T. maps and trying to get him to tell them where home is for him.)

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** Gertie's line "I don't like his feet" feet!" was ad-libbed, as was her "Gimme a break!" response to Elliot's claim that grown-ups can't see E.T. (You can also hear her prattling away unscripted in the background while Elliot and Michael are showing E.T. maps and trying to get him to tell them where home is for him.)



** Creator/StevenSpielberg has also stated that this movie is a StealthSequel to ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'' To claims of Christian allegory ([[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic E.T. dying and being resurrected, the kids' mother who unwittingly adopts him being named "Mary" and the family's being redeemed and made whole through E.T.'s influence, etc.]]), however, Spielberg issued nothing but denials, joking that his JewishMother would have been upset with him if he'd set out to make anything like that.

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** Creator/StevenSpielberg has also stated that this movie is a StealthSequel to ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'' ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''. To claims of Christian allegory ([[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic E.T. dying and being resurrected, the kids' mother who unwittingly adopts him being named "Mary" and the family's being redeemed and made whole through E.T.'s influence, etc.]]), however, Spielberg issued nothing but denials, joking that his JewishMother would have been upset with him if he'd set out to make anything like that.
29th May '17 10:37:29 PM Nakuyabi
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** Two deleted scenes were reinstated for the [[SpecialEdition 20th Anniversary]] Elliot shows E.T. the bathroom and gets a call from his mother. E.T. plays around in the bathtub, which Elliot thinks he's drowning. Turns out he was having fun. The other one shows Mary finding Mike and Gertie during trick or treating, Gertie spills the beans on where Elliot is, and she tells them to get in the car.
** There was a subplot cut where E.T. was in love with Elliot's mom. He goes into her room and leaves a Reese's Pieces on her pillow.

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** Two deleted scenes were reinstated for the [[SpecialEdition 20th Anniversary]] Anniversary Edition]]: Elliot shows E.T. the bathroom and gets a call from his mother.mother and fakes throwing up on the phone. E.T. plays around in the bathtub, which bathtub and Elliot thinks he's drowning. Turns drowning, but it turns out he was having fun. he's rather enjoying himself. The other one shows Mary finding tracking down Mike and Gertie during their trick or treating, treating. Gertie (now in her cowgirl costume) spills the beans on where Elliot is, and she Mary (smiling, but insistent) tells them to get in into the car.
** There was a subplot cut where in which E.T. was in love with Elliot's mom. He goes into her room and leaves a Reese's Pieces on her pillow.



** Gertie's line "I don't like his feet" was adlibbed, as was her "Give me a break" response to the claim that grown-ups can't see ET.
** When Elliott yells "It was nothing like that, penis breath" Dee Wallace was supposed to angrily yell at him to sit down. When she actually heard him say the line, she starting laughing and they left that take in the movie.

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** Gertie's line "I don't like his feet" was adlibbed, ad-libbed, as was her "Give me "Gimme a break" break!" response to the Elliot's claim that grown-ups can't see ET.
E.T. (You can also hear her prattling away unscripted in the background while Elliot and Michael are showing E.T. maps and trying to get him to tell them where home is for him.)
** When Elliott yells "It was nothing like that, penis breath" insulted Michael (the script didn't actually specify what to say, just something insulting) the script called for Dee Wallace was supposed to angrily yell at him angrily to sit down. When she actually heard him say the line, she starting laughing "It was nothing like that, penis breath!" her [[ActuallyPrettyFunny inability to keep a straight face while saying "Elliot!"]] was her [[EnforcedMethodActing entirely genuine reaction]], and they left decided to leave that take in the movie.



** Averted nicely unlike a lot of 80s movies. You can tell it was filmed in the 1980s due to the cars, the TV, and the family owning an Atari 2600 but it doesn't stick out like other examples. Many of the pop culture references they make like ''StarWars'' or ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' are still known by today's audiences.
** On the other hand, jock older brother Michael's introduction has him playing ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' without hinting at him having any geeky or creative HiddenDepths, which firmly grounds the film in the early 80s (the height of D&D's popularity as a fad) for fans of the film who are roleplayers.

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** Averted nicely unlike a lot of 80s movies. You can tell it was filmed in the 1980s due to the cars, the TV, and the family owning an Atari 2600 2600, but it doesn't stick out like other examples. Many of the pop culture references they make like ''StarWars'' or ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' are still known by today's audiences.
** On the other hand, jock older brother Michael's introduction has him playing ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' without hinting at him having any geeky or creative HiddenDepths, which firmly grounds the film in the early 80s (the height of D&D's popularity as a fad) for fans of the film who are roleplayers.role-players.



** The book "E.T. from Concept to Classic" features many plot points and scenes cut from the script. One subplot from an early draft was to have a rival to Elliott named Lance who wanted to expose E.T.. The spaceship was going to land in a parking lot, but it was changed to a forest because that sounded more magical, amongst many others.

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** The book "E.T. from Concept to Classic" features many plot points and scenes cut from the script. One subplot from an early draft was to have a rival to Elliott named Lance who wanted to expose E.T.. T. The spaceship was going to land in a parking lot, but it was changed to a forest because that sounded seemed more magical, amongst among many others.



** There was almost a sequel where an evil group of E.T.'s people come to Earth looking for him and torture Elliott and his family for information.
** Corey Feldman was originally up for a role as a rival to Elliott, a dork named Lance who threatened to expose E.T. The character is in the book adaptation, but was cut from the script. Creator/StevenSpielberg promised him a role in a future film, and he would go onto be in ''Film/{{Gremlins}}''.
** Originally E.T. was going to develop a crush on Elliott's mother. Some scenes of this were filmed before it was scrapped. It did make it into the novelization.

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** There was almost a sequel where an evil group of E.T.'s people would come to Earth looking for him and torture Elliott and his family for information.
information; but (mercifully, some would say) it never left the drawing board.
** Corey Feldman was originally up for a role as a rival to Elliott, a dork named Lance who threatened to expose E.T. The character is in the book adaptation, but was cut from the script. Creator/StevenSpielberg promised him a role in a future film, and he would go onto on to be in ''Film/{{Gremlins}}''.
** Originally E.T. was going to develop a crush on Elliott's mother. Some scenes of this were filmed before it this subplot was scrapped. It did make This also made it into the novelization.



** Elliot was originally going to lure E.T. into his house using [=M&M's=], but this proposal of ProductPlacement was ''rejected'' by the company's executive, who perceived the movie as having an AudienceAlienatingPremise. Instead, Reese's Pieces were used, and the company that manufactured them sold so many Reese's Pieces that they were able to become a major competitor to the company behind [=M&M's=]. [=M&M's=] are still used in the novelization.

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** Elliot was originally going to lure E.T. into his house using [=M&M's=], but this proposal of ProductPlacement was ''rejected'' by the company's executive, who perceived the movie as having an AudienceAlienatingPremise. Instead, Reese's Pieces were used, and the company that manufactured them Hershey's sold so many Reese's Pieces that they were able to become a major competitor to the company behind [=M&M's=].Mars Candy Company. [=M&M's=] are still used in the novelization.



** Creator/StevenSpielberg stated that E.T.'s species is more similar to plants than any other creature and is genderless. Also, a series of trading cards from the 1980s list the family's last name as Taylor.
** Creator/StevenSpielberg has also stated that this movie is a StealthSequel to ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''.

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** Creator/StevenSpielberg stated that E.T.'s species is more similar to plants than any other kind of creature and is genderless.has NoBiologicalSex. Also, a series of trading cards from the 1980s list the family's last name as Taylor.
** Creator/StevenSpielberg has also stated that this movie is a StealthSequel to ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''.''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind'' To claims of Christian allegory ([[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic E.T. dying and being resurrected, the kids' mother who unwittingly adopts him being named "Mary" and the family's being redeemed and made whole through E.T.'s influence, etc.]]), however, Spielberg issued nothing but denials, joking that his JewishMother would have been upset with him if he'd set out to make anything like that.
19th May '17 7:15:23 PM Nakuyabi
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* CastTheExpert: The doctors are real doctors. Spielberg mentioned that this was necessary as they would be better at rapidly spitting out terminology that required years of medical school to lean than any actor who'd been simply given a briefing on it. Humorously, this lead to some competition amongst local doctors who all wanted to be in the movie.

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* CastTheExpert: The doctors are real doctors. Spielberg mentioned that this was necessary as they would be better at rapidly spitting out terminology that required years of medical school to lean learn than any actor who'd been simply given a briefing on it. Humorously, this lead led to some competition amongst local doctors who all wanted to be in the movie.
19th May '17 7:12:07 PM Nakuyabi
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* DoNotDoThisCoolThing: Since the way the government agents menace Elliot and his family in this movie casts the federal government of the USA in a rather less-than-flattering light, this movie generally passed muster with censors in the Soviet bloc and was approved for importation. Common reactions among the audiences in these Communist countries that actually got to see it, however, tended to be "So... it's NotSoDifferent from how our government treats us ''here'', then?" and "Wow, that's a ''nice'' house and car they've got there; are all those capitalist Americans so rich that even a divorced mother of three can afford such luxuries?"
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