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* HazmatSuit: All the scientists wear these to study E.T.


''E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial'' is perhaps Creator/StevenSpielberg's signature film. By the end of its initial theatrical run (which ran from early June of 1982 into early June of 1983), it had unseated ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' as the highest-grossing film of all time to date. 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. By the end of its initial theatrical run (which ran from early June of 1982 into early June of 1983), it had unseated ''[[Film/ANewHope Star Wars]]'' as the highest-grossing film of all time to date.time, and adjusted for inflation it currently stands as the 7th highest-grossing film of all time. Music/JohnWilliams' score, flying bicycles, and an UglyCute alien hero are just the tip of the iceberg here.

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* PullTheIV: After stabilizing, Elliot rips the IV from his body and head in a rage.

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* SwissCheeseSecurity: The US government manages to get their hands on an alien lifeform, yet two kids are able to hi-jacked the van with the priceless load inside.


* ParentalSubstitute: Elliott to E.T. Though you could also interpret it as being the other way around.


* CornerOfWoo: While E.T. is dying on the operating table, Michael retreats into the walk-in closet upstairs and assumes this pose.

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* CornerOfWoo: CornerOfWoe: While E.T. is dying on the operating table, Michael retreats into the walk-in closet upstairs and assumes this pose.


* LongingLooks: The blond girl in Elliot's class seems to have a crush on him as she keeps sending longing looks his way.

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* LongingLooks: LongingLook: The blond girl in Elliot's class seems to have a crush on him as she keeps sending longing looks his way.


A group of aliens are in a forest on Earth, not far from a suburb, exploring and collecting plant samples. They are forced to leave in a hurry when alien-seeking scientists arrive on the scene, and one of them is not on the ship when it takes off...

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A group of aliens are is in a forest on Earth, not far from a suburb, exploring and collecting plant samples. They are forced to leave in a hurry when alien-seeking scientists arrive on the scene, and one of them is not on the ship when it takes off...



* 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 Elliott slows the process, but also makes him an accidental PowerParasite, draining Elliott. When his ship gets in range, he automatically reconnects with the network, which immediately halts the decay and heals him.

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* AllThereInTheManual: E.T.'s backstory. He's a member of a low grade 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 Elliott slows the process, but also makes him an accidental PowerParasite, draining Elliott. When his ship gets in range, he automatically reconnects with the network, which immediately halts the decay and heals him.



* BleepDammit: When Michael returns home during Elliot and E.T.'s first day together and looks into the fridge, he sings to himself, "Nothin' but health shit..." The "shit" is silenced out in the 20th anniversary version, but every other utterance of the word was left untouched.

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* BleepDammit: When Michael returns home during Elliot and E.T.'s first day together and looks into the fridge, he sings to himself, "Nothin' but health shit..." The "shit" is silenced out in the 20th anniversary 20th-anniversary version, but every other utterance of the word was left untouched.



* BuildingIsWelding: Lots of welding is shown when Elliot's home is turned into a high-security zone by the government.



* CornerOfWoo: While E.T. is dying on the operating table, Michael retreats into the walk-in closet upstairs and assumes this pose.
* CoveringForTheNoise: When Elliot doesn't want Keys to notice that E.T. is still alive in the cooler box, he starts crying to cover up E.T.'s bubbling inside.
* DelayedReaction: After E.T. died Elliot walks past the pot in which the flowers suddenly start to revive. It takes a moment for him to realize what is happening.



* ForgotToMindTheirHead: When Elliot shares the good news about E.T.'s revival with his brother, the latter jumps in the air and bumps his head on the ceiling of the provisional lock.



* FutileHandReach: Elliot trying to reach E.T. from his operating table.



* 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]].

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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 of dozen FBI agents to burst back onto the scene]].



* InSpaceEveryoneCanSeeYourFace: The hazmat suit Keys is wearing features lights that illuminate his face.
* InterrogationByVandalism: A variant. Elliot and Michael threaten to destroy Gertie's doll if she talked to anyone about E.T.



* LongingLooks: The blond girl in Elliot's class seems to have a crush on him as she keeps sending longing looks his way.



* MeaningfulEcho: Because E.T. parrots what others say, there are a good deal of these by the end, such as "I'll be right here."

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* MeaningfulEcho: Because E.T. parrots what others say, there are is a good deal of these by the end, such as "I'll be right here."



* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: E.T. hides himself amongst toys to avoid detection.

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* NeedleInAStackOfNeedles: E.T. hides himself amongst toys to avoid detection.



* 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.

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* RecurringCameraShot: The iconic shot of Elliot's bike flying across the moon is actually repeated later as the gang are is going to meet E.T.'s ship, the bikes shown flying across the setting sun, though this shot is considerably less known.



*** Also, when the government agents invade Elliot's house, the astronauts get a [[VaderBreath well known breath]].

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*** Also, when the government agents invade Elliot's house, the astronauts get a [[VaderBreath well known well-known breath]].

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* ParentalFashionVeto: (bowdlerization taken from its 20th Anniversary Edition): "You're not going out dressed like that! You look like a hippie!"


** Some sources say it was Creator/DrewBarrymore who asked for the guns to be edited out.
* ABoyAndHisX: A boy and his marooned alien botanist.

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** Some sources say it was Creator/DrewBarrymore who asked for the guns to be edited out.
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** Also in TheBookOfTheFilm by William Kotzwinkle, it's revealed that E.T. is [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld ten million years old.]]

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** Also in TheBookOfTheFilm by William Kotzwinkle, it's revealed that E.T. is [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld ten million years old.]]old!]]

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** Also in TheBookOfTheFilm by William Kotzwinkle, it's revealed that E.T. is [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld ten million years old.]]

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