Winner of four Academy Awards, Steven Spielberg’s 1982 American science fiction picture E.T. the Extra-terrestrial has been hailed as one the greatest sci-fi pictures of our time. Starring Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore and Robert McNaughton in their early childhood years, the much-loved extra terrestrial picture captivated audiences worldwide, introducing a whole new space story to the cinema world. Based solely on Spielberg’s childhood experiences, of which he created an imaginary friend whilst his parents were facing separation, E.T. is a timeless story of friendship that has seemed to live on for more than two decades.
When released in the Summer of 1982, E.T. opened to an accolade of success, remaining at the number one spot of the Box Office charts for six consecutive weeks and receiving near perfect critical responses from across the globe.
Roger Ebert, American film critic and screen writer praised the film highly, saying: “This is not simply a good movie. It is one of those movies that brush away our cautions and win our hearts,” with others hailing Spielberg as a ‘genius’ and ‘all time mastermind of movie making.’
Knocking up a total nine Academy Award Nominations at the 55th award ceremony, E.T. was short listed to receive acknowledgement in the categories of Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay among many. Wining a total of four awards in the categories of Best Original Score, Best Sound and Mixing Editing, and Best Visual Effects, it seemed Spielberg’s latest creation was unstoppable.
In more recent years, the 1982 hit has become something of an icon, with E.T. being declared as the greatest sci-fi movie ever made by online film website Rotten Tomatoes. Awarding the film with a special 20th anniversary cinema release in March 2002, along with a two disc special edition DVD available to buy today, containing hours of bonus footage, exclusive interviews, and an insight into the evolution and creation of one of Spielberg’s greatest pictures, E.T. will always be seen as one of the most magical cinema moments and is sure to live on for generations to come.