E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial
By Tom Keogh
Steven Spielberg's 1982 hit about a stranded alien and his loving
relationship with a fatherless boy (Henry Thomas) struck a chord with
audiences everywhere, and it furthered Spielberg's reputation as a
director of equally strong commercial sensibilities and classical
leanings. Henry Thomas gives a strong, emotional performance as E.T.'s
young friend, Robert MacNaughton and Drew Barrymore make a solid
impression as his siblings, and Dee Wallace is lively as the kids' mother.
The special effects almost look a bit quaint now with all the computer
advancements that have occurred since, but they also have more heart
behind them than a lot of what we see today.
E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial received Academy
Awards for Music Scoring Awards (Best Original Score; John Williams),
Sound (Robert Knudson, Robert Glass, Don Digirolamo, Gene Cantamessa),
Sound Effects Editing (Charles L. Campbell, Ben Burtt), and Special Visual
Effects (Carlo Rambaldi, Dennis Muren, Kenneth F. Smith). It was nominated
for Best Picture (Steven Spielberg - Producer, Kathleen Kennedy -
Producer), Directing (Steven Spielberg), Writing (Best Screenplay written
directly for the screen; Melissa Matheson), Cinematography (Allen Daviau),
Film Editing (Carol Littleton).