Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Phone Home

E.T. The Extra Terrestrial debuted on this date twenty years ago today after premiering in Cannes.

Our view of aliens changed forever. This sweet story of friendship between an alien botanist and a group of earthling kids introduced the idea that visitors from other worlds might be friendly and lonely enough to want to phone home, even if home is millions of light years away -- and might adopt Reese's Pieces as a favorite snack.

If, by some chance, you haven't seen the movie, it is available on DVD or you can read about the story, the cast, and film background on Wikipedia. This article includes the origin of the ET character who was Steven Spielberg's childhood imaginary friend.

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Diane J Standiford said...

Check out Close Encounters too.

wall-e fan said...

This was a great movie!

I think it has had a strong impact both on the audiences, and on the movie industry. I couldn't help but notice that the new Wall-e movie that coming out has a robot with very similar "face" to ET. (even something similar in the names). ET must have definetly influenced the Pixar creative team :)