The ugly little space alien stole our hearts when he hit the big screen way back in the '80s. So how much do you remember about "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" all these years later?
E.T. stands for extra-terrestrial.
Elliott, a 10-year-old boy, finds E.T. in his backyard shed after he's been left behind on Earth by his alien companions.
"E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" was released in 1982 to rave reviews.
Director Steven Spielberg wrote much of the "E.T." script on location filming for "Raiders of the Lost Ark." He dictated the story to the movie's screenwriter, Melissa Mathison, between takes.
E.T. has a taste for Reese's Pieces and follows a trail of the sweet peanut butter treats right out of the shed.
Elliott has an older brother named Michael and a younger sister named Gertie. They eventually help him hide E.T. from their mother.
Gertie teaches E.T. to talk, and he finally says the most famous line of the movie: "E.T. phone home."
E.T. used a Speak & Spell and other parts to send a message to his alien family to come back for him on Earth.
Michael and Elliott pretend E.T. is Gertie dressed as a ghost in an effort to take him to the woods to use the communications machine he has built.
E.T. gets excited and yells "Home! Home!" when he sees a kid in a Yoda costume. And here's some cool trivia: Perhaps Yoda and E.T. are from the same galaxy? In "Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace," if you look hard enough, you'll find a group of E.T.'s race of aliens as part of the Galactic Senate.
Winger is wearing a monster mask and a lab coat, and she's carrying a poodle.
E.T.'s voice was provided by Pat Welsh, an elderly California woman who smoked two packets of cigarettes a day, which gave her voice a quality that sound effects creator Ben Burtt liked.
The working title for the film was "A Boy's Life". It was changed during production.
Barrymore was just 7 years old when she landed the role of Elliott's sister Gertie.
Dee Wallace Stone played Elliott's mother Mary. She has numerous movie and television credits, including 1981's "The Howling."
Gertie gives E.T. the potted geranium, and he tells her to be good.
Steven Spielberg decided to cut the scene with Harrison Ford because he thought it would be too distracting to moviegoers.
Once released on the big screen, "E.T." would overtake "Star Wars" to become the highest-grossing film of all time.
"E.T." held the box office record as highest-grossing film of all time for 11 years, until 1993, when it was beaten by another Steven Spielberg film, "Jurassic Park."
When Elliott stays out all night with E.T. on Halloween to try to help him call for his spaceship, Elliott thinks the device doesn't work, when actually it does. But E.T. is left alone in the woods and when Michael goes out and finds him near-death by the creek, there's a raccoon next to his body.
True! Director Steven Spielberg decided to have real doctors, instead of actors, in scenes where Elliott and E.T. required medical attention to make them appear as real as possible.
True. Visual effects supervisor Dennis Muren and his team at Industrial Light and Magic used maps and charts to find a good location to shoot a low moon among trees and coordinated the scene once they found the right spot. In the shot, puppets of were added with special effects in post-production, but the rest is real.
The flower that was dead begins to bloom again so Elliott knows E.T. is not actually dead.
E.T. asks Elliott to come with him, but Elliott tells E.T. to stay. "I'll be right here," E.T. says while pointing his finger at Elliott's head.
In the final scene, the spaceship takes off, leaving a rainbow behind in its wake.
"E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" was nominated for more than 80 awards, and won more than 50 of those, including the Oscar for Best Music, Original Score; Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing; Best Effects, Visual Effects; and Best Sound.
"Ghandi" won the Oscar for Best Picture while Richard Attenborough won for Best Director for "Ghandi." Even Attenborough said he felt "E.T." should have won.
Steven Spielberg stated in an interview that E.T. was actually a plant-like creature and neither male or female.
Spielberg screened the film at the White House with President Ronald Reagan and first Lady Nancy Reagan.
Thank goodness the sequel never got off the ground. The storyline had Elliott and his friends kidnapped by other aliens with E.T., whose real name is Zrek, coming to their rescue. (Really?)