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.

E.T. and Elliot on a bike flying across a full moon

The E.T. bike across the full moon is probably the most iconic image from the movie.

E.T. is a perfectly crafted, magical family movie that just works on so many levels. If you've never watched it then you really should, as you will find yourself on an emotional rollercoaster throughout the film. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will most definitely be thrilled and entertained by this thoroughly enjoyable masterpiece.
What really makes this movie stand out from other countless other alien films. is that the E.T. is friendly. While almost every film seems to be about big budget alien invasions and blowing them to smithereens, this one shows a very different side to how an alien visitation could turn out. 

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. 

ET Communicator Cropped
By Mattingly23 (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
You may remember that E.T. used this concoction to phone home. It included a Speak & Spell by Texas Instruments, a coffee can filled with electrics, and an umbrella with a tin foil lining.
The real surprise is that Spielberg never made a sequel, given its success, but that's probably for the best, as the final scene of the film in which E.T. tells Elliot "I'll be right here" (as his finger lights up), before vanishing into space needs to remain that way, It would be incredibly difficult to produce another movie that would have the same emotional  impact, and maybe that's why Spielberg left well alone, as the movie is perfection.
This video clip features the first official movie trailer in HD. E.T. starred Dee Wallace, Henry Thomas, Robert MacNaughton, Peter Coyote and, of course, Drew Barrymore.
Elliot stares at E.T's finger as it lights up

Whatever Happened To Henry Thomas ?

Henry Thomas received a Golden Globe award and a BAFTA for his role as 10-year-old Elliot in E.T. The Extra terrestrial. He went on to have acting roles in numerous films throughout the 1980s, including Misunderstood, Cloak & Dagger, Frog Dreaming and Valmont. His acting career continued through the 90s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s, with his most recent role being Peter's Father in the 2021 movie To All The Boys: Always and Forever.
He married the German actress Marie Zielcke in 2004, and they had a daughter together, Hazel, before divorcing in 2007. Thomas is currently married to Annalee, and is living in a suburb of Los Angeles. He continues to receive royalty payments for his role as Elliot.

Main Cast

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