E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
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Trivia: Steven Spielberg has a cameo as one of the doctors when Elliot and E.T. are 'hospitalized' inside the house.

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Trivia: When the children go out on Halloween night, they pass other children dressed up. One that they pass is dressed as Yoda from Star Wars, and at this point the music plays Yoda's theme from Star Wars. John Williams wrote the music for both films.

Trivia: When auditioning for the part of Elliot, Henry Thomas was asked by Steven Spielberg to convey sadness, so Thomas thought of the day his dog died and delivered a moving performance. Spielberg was duly impressed and cast him as Elliot.

Trivia: Gertie's line "I don't like his feet," was not in the script. Drew Barrymore just said it when she saw the puppet, and Spielberg kept it in the film. (DVD Commentary).


Trivia: When E.T. and Elliott are sick, the doctors working on them are not actors but real doctors. Spielberg wanted real doctors so that the lingo would sound right and the scenes would be believable.

Trivia: The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone walking through jelly.

Trivia: This entire movie was shot in sequence. For people that don't know much about how movies are filmed, they are usually shot out of sequence (they might do the last scene first and the first scene in the middle etc). Spielberg did this so he could get the honest reaction from Elliot when ET left at the end.

Trivia: Peter Coyote's character is never given a name. Before we see his face, we know he is around by the keys hanging from his belt. This is especially shown in the woods when E.T. arrives. In the credits, his character's name is "Keys".

Trivia: Harrison Ford played the part of the School Principal but his scenes were cut. His wife at the time was one of the screenwriters and he visited the set regularly so Mr. Spielberg asked him to play the part. This rumor was confirmed in the 2002 20th Anniversary Limited Edition DVD book that came with the Boxset.


Trivia: There was almost a sequel to E.T. that would have introduced evil aliens who had kidnapped Elliot and his efforts to reach his alien friend - Spielberg, thankfully, did not pursue it beyond a preliminary script.

Erik M.

Trivia: Peter Coyote was cast as Agent Keys in "E.T. The Extraterrestrial" because he had impressed Steven Spielberg a few years earlier, when Coyote auditioned for the part of Indiana Jones in "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Unfortunately, Coyote tripped and stumbled during that audition (conveying an awkward and apologetic image, just the opposite of the confident and sure-footed Indiana Jones image), so Coyote didn't get the part. But Steven Spielberg never forgot Coyote and subsequently cast him in E.T.

Charles Miller

Trivia: E.T.'s candy preference was born out of concerns raised by Mars, Inc. That the friendly alien was too frightful for kids and would potentially hurt sales of their M&Ms. Hershey's Reese's Pieces were then used, and sales of that candy rose upon the release of the blockbuster film.

Erik M.

Continuity mistake: When the boys are riding their bikes trying to escape with ET, all the bikes have single brake levers on the right side of their handlebars, but after Elliott shouts that they should follow him to the forest, there's a shot from the POV of one of the bike riders (we know it's not Greg or Elliott) and he has two brake levers on his handlebar.

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Question: Why, at the beginning of the movie, is there a ton of smoke hovering over the table where the young boys are playing the game? I know they are not smoking cigarettes. The mother is obviously not smoking. Where is the all the smoke coming from? It isn't incense either.

William Bergquist

Chosen answer: They actually are smoking and there are cigarettes on the table.

Mike K

Answer: It didn't show anyone smoking but there is a lit and burning cigarette on the table.

Answer: They're definitely not smoking but there is a lot of smoke. You can see an actual flame at one point so I'm guessing incense.

Answer: There also is a can of insecticide AND air freshener. Years ago they were used to mask the smell of smoke. The mother was too busy and addled to notice them smoking.

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