In an era without cellular phones, internet, DVD, PC's or iPhones, E.T. took the world by total surpise. The film had screened a few weeks before at the closing night of the Cannes Film Festival and received a standing ovation.
Kathleen Kennedy, Steven and Melissa Matheson
at the closing night of the Cannes Festival in 1982
Steven,Kathleen Carey and Melissa Matheson
at the Cannes Filmfestival in 1982
On june 11, 1982 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial opened in the United States to great reviews and incredible box-office results.
The film dominated the charts for weeks to come, before it opened in the rest of the world. Because in some countries the film didn't open for months (in most of Europe it was programmed around christmas), E.T. was a huge hit on the illegal videomarkets everywhere.
Spielberg and Carlo Rambaldi checking E.T.
In celebration of it's 33th birthday, here are a couple of behind the scenes pictures...
E.T. before it was called E.T.
E.T.'s designer: Carlo Rambaldi
Steven scratching an alien back
One of the original E.T.-animatronics
Spielberg filming the famous Halloween sequence
Although a sequel to E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial was never produced, E.T. did make a comeback, (well sort of) some time later.
Together with a few comrades E.T. can be seen in Star Wars Episode I, thus showing that E.T. could be a Jedi after all.
Happy 33th birthday E.T.
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