An Extraordinary Movie Shot in Chronological Order: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Steven Spielberg produced and directed E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, an American science fiction film, which Melissa Mathison wrote. Henry Thomas, Dee Wallace, Peter Coyote, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, and Pat Welsh are among its cast members, along with special effects by Carlo Rambaldi and Dennis Muren. It relates to the tale of Elliott (Thomas), a little kid who makes friends with an alien called “E.T.” who has become stuck on Earth. While attempting to keep E.T. secret from the authorities, Elliott and his siblings assist E.T. in returning to his home planet.


The idea was based on a fictional companion Spielberg made up following his parents’ divorce in 1960. Spielberg and Mathison connected in 1980, and they came up with a fresh plot for the abandoned sci-fi horror project Night Skies. On a $10.5 million USD budget, it was shot in California from September to December of that year. In contrast to most movies, it was shot roughly chronologically to allow the young performers to provide credible emotional performances. That calls for extensive planning by the filmmakers, but in the case of a film with many kid performers, it also probably helped allay any studio concerns about continuity if someone experiences a growth spurt while filming.


Additionally, it assisted director Steven Spielberg in forging a more convincing connection between the young performers and the E.T. persona. Thus, their reactions at the conclusion of the film when E.T. must return home were more sincere. No other filmmaker has ever employed the same tactic in his work, claims Thomas, who recently spoke with’s Chris Killian in favor of Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities on Netflix.


When it was first released on June 12, 1982, by Universal Pictures, E.T. became an instant hit, surpassing Star Wars to become the highest-grossing movie of all time. It held that title for eleven years before another Spielberg-directed movie, Jurassic Park, overtook it in 1993.


It is regarded as one of the best films of its generation and has received high praise from reviewers for being a timeless tale of friendship. According to a Rotten Tomatoes poll, it is also the best science fiction movie ever made. As being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant,” it was chosen in 1994 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. In order to commemorate its 20th anniversary, it was re-released in 1985 and then again in 2002 with new scenes and revised shots.