1 - Spielberg never wanted to show grown-ups until the very end. "I wanted to suggest them like in a Tom & Jerry cartoon where, when the Mom comes in you only see her from the waist down"
2 - Quote from Spielberg in 1981 - "ET is my response to the stalled space program. If the government won't fund the space program, to allow people's imagination to soar, then all I can do is make movies that bring space down to Earth and make it more accessible to the imagination."
3 - George Lucas on Yoda - "I hadn't seen the movie and when it was completed, we had a screening for ILM which I attended. Steven warned me there was something special in the movie for me. So we are watching and suddenly Yoda showed up in the film. Everybody in the audience cheered, of course, being it was an ILM screening. I was amazed and flattered. It was a very funny moment.
5 - ET as a prop was insured for $1.2million
6 - ET goes into a fox den and sees several cubs and their mothers
7 - Elliott's father is in the movie,
8 - ET has a pouch like a kangaroo and carries stuff around with him
9 - Harvey the dog gets hit by a car and ET heals him
10 - ET heals the JR character on TV show Dallas
11 - In the original script the boys are playing Dungeons and Dragons but this had to be cut when the production company was not allowed to use the name
12 - Harrison Ford appeared as the Principle but eventually was cut from the movie. Henry Thomas was so excited to see his Star Wars hero, he took the day's call sheet to show his friends.
13 - Spielberg explains ET is more plant than anything else. "He's not a mammal, or bird, or fish. I think he's a vegetable." He also mentions how they decided to make his insides when they glow to look more like a plant.
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