E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

1982 film directed by Steven Spielberg

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (known as E.T. and also in 185 minutes) is a 1982 American science fiction film about Elliott, a young boy who befriends an alien being trapped on Earth and trying to find his way home. Elliott and his siblings help the alien return home while trying to keep him hidden from their mother and the government.

Directed by Steven Spielberg. Written by Melissa Mathison.
He is afraid. He is totally alone. He is 3 million light years from home. Taglines


Gertie: What are you going as for Halloween?
Elliot: I'm not going to stupid Halloween.
Micheal: Why don't you go as a goblin?
Elliot: Shut up.
Mary: It's not that we don't believe you, honey.
Elliot: Well, it was real, I swear!
Mary: [changing the subject] What are you going as, Gert?
Gertie: [with steak in mouth] I'm going as a cowgirl.
Elliot: So, what else is new?
Micheal: Maybe it was an iguana.
Elliot: It was no iguana.
Micheal: Maybe, uh... uh-- You know how they say there are, uh, alligators in the sewers?
Gertie: Alligators in the sewers.
Mary: All we're trying to say is maybe you just probably imagined it. It happens.
Elliot: I couldn't have imagined it!
Micheal: Maybe it was a pervert, or a deformed kid, or something.
Gertie: A deformed kid.
Micheal: Maybe, uh, an elf or a leprechaun.
Elliot: [stands up angrily] IT WAS NOTHING LIKE THAT, PENIS-BREATH!
Mary: [laughs] Elliot! [laughs, but regains composure] Sit down. [clears throat]
Elliot: [sitting down] Dad would believe me.
Mary: Maybe you oughtta call your father and tell him about it.
Elliot: I can't. He's in Mexico with Sally.
Gertie: Wh-Where's Mexico?
Mary: Excuse me. [leaves the table and walks to the window]
Micheal: [softly to Elliot] I'm gonna kill you.
Mary: If you ever see it again, whatever it is, don't touch it, just call me, and we'll have somebody come and take it away.
Gertie: Like the dogcatcher?
Elliot: But they'll give it to a lobotomy, or do experiments on it, or somethin'.
Mary: It's your turn to do the dishes, fellas.
Micheal: I set and cleared.
Elliot: I set and cleared.
Micheal: [quickly] I did breakfast.
Gertie: I did breakfast.
[Mary slams a pot down on the sideboard, offscreen]
Micheal: What's the matter, Mom?
Mary: [emotionally; about the kids' father] He HATES Mexico.
Micheal: [to Elliot] Damn it, why don't you...grow up? Think how other people feel for a change?

Micheal: [in awe, upon seeing E.T.] Elliot.
Elliot: I'm keeping him.
Gertie: What is it?
Elliot: He won't hurt you, Gertie. He won't hurt you, Gertie. He's not gonna hurt you.
Gertie: Is he a boy or a girl?
Elliot: He's a boy.
Gertie: Was he wearing any clothes?
Elliot: No. But, look. You can't tell, not even Mom.
Gertie: Why not?
Elliot: Because, um, grown-ups can't see him. Only little kids can see him.
Gertie: [snapping back] Give me a break.
Elliot: [imitating Dracula] Well, do you know what's going to happen if you do tell? [tosses Gertie's stuffed animal to Micheal] Do it, Mike. We have to.
Gertie: [tugging her doll with Micheal] Give it to me!
[E.T. watches intently]
Elliot: [to Gertie] Promise?
Gertie: Yes.
Elliot: [to Micheal] Do you promise? [Micheal nods in agreement]

Mary: What are you doing, Gertie?
Gertie: I'm going to play in Elliot's room.
Mary: OK, don't let them torture you.
Gertie: I won't, Mary.

Micheal: [about E.T.] Did you explain school to him?
Elliot: How do you explain school to a higher intelligence?
Micheal: Maybe he's not that smart. Maybe he's a worker bee who only knows how to push buttons.
Elliot: He's too smart.
Micheal: All right. I just hope we don't wake up on Mars or somethin' surrounded by millions of little squashy guys.

[Maddy hits E.T. with the refrigerator door]
Gertie: Here he is.
Mary: [absently] Here's who?
Gertie: The man from the moon. But I think you've killed him already.
Mary: Just as soon as I unload this stuff, OK? [inspects a small basket of cherry tomatoes] Medbugs.
Gertie: I want you to meet somebody.
[after E.T. learns how to talk]
Mary: Gertie, I've gotta go pick up Elliot. Will you be a good girl until I get back?
Gertie: Momma, he can talk!
Mary: [thinking she meant Elliot] Of course he can talk. I'll be back in 10 minutes. Stay there.

Elliot: Oh, God!
E.T.: Elliot.
Elliot: What?!
E.T.: Elliot! Elliot!
Gertie: I taught him how to talk. He can talk now.
Elliot: Wait. Can you say 'E.T.'? E.T.?
E.T.: E.T.
Elliot: Ha! Ha!
E.T.: E.T.! E.T.! E.T.! Be good.
Gertie: 'Be good.' I taught him that too.
Elliot: You should give him his dignity. This is the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen.

E.T.: Phone. Home. [pointing at the window] E.T. home phone.
Gertie: E.T. phone home.
Elliot: E.T. phone home. E.T. phone home!
Gertie: He wants to call somebody.
Micheal: [entering the room] What's all this shit?
E.T.: [famous line] E.T. phone home.
Micheal: My God, he's talking now.
E.T.: Home.
Elliot: E.T. phone home?
E.T.: E.T. phone home. [pointing at the window again]
Elliot: And they'll come?
E.T.: Come? Home. Home.

Micheal: Mom, would you come with me?
Mary: What is it?
Micheal: Mom, just come with me.
Mary: Scud, what?
Micheal: Mom, remember the goblin?
Mary: What are you talking about?
Micheal: Just swear the most excellent promise you can make.
Mary: [annoyed] Micheal.
[Micheal opens the door, showing E.T., Gertie and Elliot]
Mary: That's terrific.
E.T.: Moooooom.
[Mary becomes shocked and horrified on seeing E.T. for the first time]
Elliot: We're sick. I think we're dying.

Scientist: Does he sleep at night?
Mary: I don't know, I don't know. What's the matter with Elliot?
Scientist: Have you noticed any surface sweating?
Mary: No.
Scientist: Has it lost any hair?
Gertie: He never had any hair.
Scientist: Are the children all right?
Mary: Yes.
Scientist: Has it built anything or written anything down?
Micheal: Uh, no.
Scientist: You said it has the ability to manipulate its own environment?
Micheal: He's smart. He communicates through Elliot.
Scientist: Elliot thinks its thoughts.
Micheal: No, Elliot... Elliot feels his feelings.

Keys: Elliot, I've been to the forest... Elliot, that machine. What does it do?
Elliot: The communicator? Is it still working?
Keys: It's doing something. What?
Elliot: I really shouldn't tell. He came to me. He came to me.
Keys: Elliot, he came to me, too. I've been wishing for this since I was 10 years old. I don't want him to die. What can we do that we're not already doing?
Elliot: He needs to go home. He's calling his people, and I don't know where they are. He needs to go home.
Keys: Elliot, I don't think that he was left here intentionally. But his being here is a miracle, Elliot. It's a miracle. And you did the best that anybody could do. I'm glad he met you first.

Elliot: E.T., stay with me. Please...
E.T.: ...stay.
Elliot: Together. I'll be right here. I'll be right here.
E.T.: Stay, Elliot. Stay. Stay. Stay. Stay.
Scientist: The boy's coming back. We're losing E.T..
Elliot: E.T., answer me, please. Please.

Gertie: [about E.T.] Is he dead, Momma?
Mary: I think so, sweetheart.
Gertie: Can we wish for him to come back?
Mary: Yeah.
Gertie: I wish.
Mary: I wish, too.

Keys: They're gonna have to take him away now.
Elliot: They're just gonna cut him all up.
Keys: Would you like to spend some time alone with him?
[Elliot is left alone with E.T.]
Elliot: Look at what they've done to you. I'm so sorry. You must be dead, 'cause I don't know how to feel. I can't feel anything anymore. You've gone someplace else now. I'll believe in you all my life, every day. E.T., I love you.
[E.T.'s heart light glows and he is revived]
E.T.: E.T. phone home. Phone home, phone home.

[last lines]
Gertie: [tearfully] I just wanted to say goodbye.
Micheal: He doesn't know 'goodbye.'
E.T.: Be good.
Gertie: Yes. [kisses E.T.'s nose]
[Micheal gently strokes E.T.'s head]
E.T.: Thank.... you.
Micheal: You're welcome.
E.T.: [to Elliot] Come.
Elliot: Stay.
E.T.: [after touching his heart light and then touching his lips] Ouch.
Elliot: [after repeating the gesture] Ouch.
[Elliot gives E.T. a farewell hug for a couple minutes]
E.T.: [after touching his finger to Elliot's forehead, his fingertip glows] I'll be right here.
Elliot: Bye.
[E.T. takes his geranium and climbs into his spaceship]


  • He is afraid. He is alone. He is three million light years from home.
  • His adventure on Earth.
  • The mystery. The suspense. The adventure. The call... that started it all.
  • The story that touched the world!
  • Twenty years ago, one legacy, one touch, one story that touched the world.




  • I wanted to thank you for bringing E.T. to the White House. We really enjoyed your movie. And there are a number of people in this room who know that everything on that screen is absolutely true.
  • In the late 60s, there was a big probability of Satyajit Ray coming down to Hollywood to shoot The Alien based on his own short story which appeared in the then popular Bengali magazine, Sandesh. The film was to be produced by 20th Century Fox and Hollywood was waiting to embrace Ray with open arms. Alas! Due to some dirty politics played by unknown quarters, Ray's Hollywood dream had to be shelved. I have no qualms in admitting that Spielberg's E.T. was influenced by Ray's Alien. Even Sir Richard Attenborough pointed this out to me.
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