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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 science fiction film which tells the story of the young boy Elliott who befriends an alien being trapped on Earth and trying to find his way home. It stars Henry Thomas[?] (Elliott), Drew Barrymore, Robert MacNaughton[?], Dee Wallace-Stone[?] and Peter Coyote[?].

The original idea of E.T. was from the Indian director Satyajit Ray. Lacking funds for such a project, Ray sent copies of sketches to his Hollywood counterparts (as mentioned in Ray's Collection of letters).

The movie was written by Melissa Mathison[?] and directed by Steven Spielberg. It won Academy Awards for Best Sound Effects Editing[?], Best Effects, Visual Effects, Best Music, Original Score and Best Sound. It was also nominated for Best Cinematography (Allen Daviau[?]), Best Director (Steven Spielberg), Best Film Editing, Best Picture and Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen.

The film is consistently on the Internet Movie Database's list of top 250 films, was #25 on American Film Institute's 100 Years, 100 Movies and #44 on its 100 Years, 100 Thrills, and has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

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