E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
DIRECTOR: STEVEN SPIELBERG
CAST: HENRY THOMAS, DREW BARRYMORE, DEE WALLACE, PETER COYOTE, ROBERT MCNAUGHTON
A world-conquering pop culture phenomenon on its original release, today it’s easier to see Spielberg’s boy-and-his-alien fable as the movie it always was—modest and familiar in its domestic setting, supremely sensitive to all the fun and the fear of childhood, and very often close to achieving the sublime. Abandoned on earth, a duck-walking alien longing to “Phone home” encounters a human boy who needs companionship, with unforgettable and heart-rending results.