Henry Thomas plays Elliott, a young boy living with his single mother (Dee Wallace), his older brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton), and his younger sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore). Elliott often seems lonely and out of sorts, lost in his own world. One day, while looking for something in the back yard, he senses something mysterious in the woods watching him. And he's right: an alien spacecraft on a scientific mission mistakenly left behind an aging botanist who isn't sure how to get home. Eventually Elliott puts his fears aside and makes contact with the "little squashy guy," perhaps the least threatening alien invader ever to hit a movie screen. As Elliott tries to keep the alien under wraps and help him figure out a way to get home, he discovers that the creature can communicate with him telepathically. Soon they begin to learn from each other, and Elliott becomes braver and less threatened by life. E.T. rigs up a communication device from junk he finds around the house, but no one knows if he'll be rescued before a group of government scientists gets hold of him.
Human-alien encounters -- Drama.
Life on other planets.
Unidentified flying objects -- Sightings and encounters.
Science fiction films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Bissell, James D., production designer.
Coyote, Peter, actor.
Daviau, Allen, director of photography.
Kennedy, Kathleen, 1954- producer.
Littleton, Carol, editor of moving image work.
MacNaughton, Robert, 1966- actor.
Mathison, Melissa, screenwriter.
Spielberg, Steven, 1946- film director.
Stone, Dee Wallace, 1948- actor.
Thomas, Henry, 1971- actor.
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (Firm), production company.
Williams, John, 1932- composer.