E.T. THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL
By Mark Nobes, chief editor
Firstly, the video clip features the flying theme music to the E.T. film, which was written by John Williams. Released in 1982, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial is a classic American sci-fi movie co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg. Of course, if you were a child of the 80s, then you would have known that already, unless you were living on another planet, of course!
This heart-warming story revolves around a lonely ten year old boy named Elliot (played by Henry Thomas) who becomes friends with an alien (E.T.) who has become stranded on Earth. Whilst trying to keep E.T. hidden from his Mother and the Government, Elliot and his siblings try to help the confused but friendly alien to return home.
The E.T. bike across the full moon is probably the most iconic image from the movie.
Of course, it's bums on seats at that really count for the film makers, and E.T. became even more of a success than Star Wars, Indeed, it soon became the highest-grossing movie ever. This was surpassed in 1993 by Jurassic Park, which just happens to be another Spielberg classic. However, E.T. holds the record for the highest grossing film of the 1980s.
I was 14 when this film was in the cinemas, and the mention of E.T. always triggers a memory of some moron stealing my seat while I was getting some popcorn. Luckily, he was about half my age and so there was no problem getting my seat back! Actually, come to think of it, most of the audience was younger than both myself and my friend from school, so it felt a little awkward. We still enjoyed the movie, nonetheless.
Whatever Happened To Henry Thomas ?
Steven Spielberg, Pat Welsh and Debra Winger as E.T,
Henry Thomas - Elliot Taylor
Dee Wallace as Mary Taylor - Elliott's mother
Peter Coyote as Keys, the government agent who wants to capture E.T.
Robert MacNaughton as Michael Taylor, Elliot and Gertie's older brother
Drew Barrymore as Gertie Taylor - Elliot and Michael's younger sister
K.C. Martel as Greg
Sean Frye as Steve
C. Thomas Howell as Tyler
David O'Dell as Schoolboy
Erika Eleniak as pretty girl
Richard Swingler as the Science Teacher
Frank Toth as the Policeman
Michael Darrle as the van man
Robert Barton as the Ultra Sound Man
Anne Lockhart as the Nurse