Director: Stephen Spielberg
Original Release: 1982
My Overall Rating: 4 stars out of 5
I'd forgotten about all of the Star Wars references. I remembered E.T. running into Yoda on Halloween but I'd forgotten the snippet of "Yoda's Theme" used for that scene. I had also forgotten the scene in which Elliott introduces E.T. to all of his Star Wars action figures, many of which I had myself.
John Williams won his fourth Oscar for the E.T. score. The movie won four Oscars in total, also nabbing the top prize for Best Sound, Best Sound Effects Editing and Best Visual Effects. It was the highest grossing film of the 1980s and consistently finds its way onto various all-time bests lists. For all of that critical and commercial success, E.T. never had a sequel - quite amazing considering the era, when nearly all successful movies had at least one. Even Grease had one, for crying out loud. One half-expected Gandhi II: Nehru's Revenge. Spielberg and screenwriter Melissa Mathison wrote a sequel but Spielberg decided against pursuing it, for fear of corrupting the purity of the original. E.T.'s species, however, did have a memorable cameo as representatives to the Galactic Senate in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace.