Tuesday, December 13, 2011

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

1982 Science Fiction film

Director: Steven Spielberg

Writer: Melissa Mathison

Cinematographer: Allen Daviau

Running time: 115 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: He is afraid. He is totally alone. He is 3 million light years from home.

Cast:
Henry Thomas as Elliott
Robert MacNaughton as Michael
Drew Barrymore as Gertie
Dee Wallace as Mary
Peter Coyote as "Keys"
K. C. Martel as Greg
Sean Frye as Steve
C. Thomas Howell as Tyler

Plot
A meek and alienated little boy finds a stranded extraterrestrial. He has to find the courage to defy the authorities to help the alien return to its home planet.

Awards: 
  1. Oscar- Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing Charles & Ben Burtt- Academy Awards, USA
  2. Oscar- Best Effects, Visual Effects Carlo Rambaldi, Dennis Muren & Kenneth Smith- Academy Awards, USA
  3. Oscar- Best Music, Original Score John Williams- Academy Awards, USA
  4. Oscar- Best Sound Robert Knudson,Robert Glass ,Don Digirolamo & Gene S. Cantamessa- Academy Awards, USA
  5. Saturn Award- Best DVD Classic Film Release (For the Ultimate Gift Set.)- Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
  6. Saturn Award- Best Music John Williams- Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
  7. Saturn Award- Best Poster Art John Alvin- Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
  8. Saturn Award- Best Science Fiction Film- Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
  9. Saturn Award- Best Special Effects Carlo Rambaldi & Dennis Muren- Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
  10. Saturn Award- Best Writing Melissa Mathison- Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA
  11. Award of the Japanese Academy- Best Foreign Language Film- Awards of the Japanese Academy
  12. Popularity Award- Most Popular Performer (For "E.T.") - Awards of the Japanese Academy
  13. BAFTA Film Award- Best Score John Williams- BAFTA Awards
  14. Blue Ribbon Award- Best Foreign Language Film Steven Spielberg- Blue Ribbon Awards
  15. BSFC Award- Best Cinematography Allen Daviau- Boston Society of Film Critics Awards
  16. BSFC Award- Best Director Steven Spielberg- Boston Society of Film Critics Awards
  17. BSFC Award- Best Film- Boston Society of Film Critics Awards
  18. CEC Award- Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera) USA.- Cinema
    Writers Circle
    Awards, Spain
  19. David- Best Director - Foreign Film (Migliore Regista Straniero) Steven Spielberg- David di Donatello Awards
  20. Fotogramas de Plata- Best Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera) Steven Spielberg-Fotogramas de Plata
  21. Golden Globe- Best Motion Picture – Drama Steven Spielberg- Golden Globes, USA
  22. Golden Globe- Best Original Score - Motion Picture John Williams- Golden Globes, USA
  23. Golden Screen with 1 Star- (UIP (distributor)).- Golden Screen, Germany
  24. Golden Screen- (UIP (distributor)).- Golden Screen, Germany
  25. Grammy- Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special John Williams- Grammy Awards
  26. Grammy- Best Arrangement on an Instrumental Recording John Williams (arranger)
    For "Flying Theme".- Grammy Awards
  27. Grammy- Best Instrumental Composition John Williams For "Flying Theme".- Grammy Awards
  28. KCFCC Award- Best Director Steven Spielberg- Kansas City Film
    Critics Circle
    Awards
  29. KCFCC Award- Best Film- Kansas City Film
    Critics Circle
    Awards
  30. Kinema Junpo Award- Best Foreign Language Film Steven Spielberg- Kinema Junpo Awards
  31. Readers' Choice Award- Best Foreign Language Film Steven Spielberg- Kinema Junpo Awards
  32. LAFCA Award- Best Director Steven Spielberg- Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
  33. LAFCA Award- Best Picture- Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards
  34. Golden Reel Award- Best Sound Editing - Sound Effects- Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA
  35. National Film Registry- National Film Preservation Board, USA
  36. NSFC Award- Best Director Steven Spielberg- National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA
  37. PGA Hall of Fame - Motion Pictures- Kathleen Kennedy & Steven Spielberg- PGA Awards
  38. People's Choice Award- Favorite Motion Picture- People's Choice Awards, USA
  39. Sant Jordi- Mejor Película Infantil Steven Spielberg- Sant Jordi Awards
  40. WGA Award (Screen)- Best Drama Written Directly for the Screen Melissa Mathison- Writers Guild of America, USA
  41. Young Artist Award- Best Family Feature - Animated, Musical or Fantasy- Young Artist Awards
  42. Young Artist Award- Best Young Motion Picture Actor Henry Thomas- Young Artist Awards
  43. Young Artist Award- Best Young Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Robert MacNaughton- Young Artist Awards
  44. Young Artist Award- Best Young Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
    Drew Barrymore- Young Artist Awards

Trivia
World-renowned Indian director Satyajit Ray claimed that this film plagiarized a script he wrote in 1967 entitled "The Alien." After Ray wrote the script, he sought the help of science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke in having the script produce in the United States. Clarke introduced Ray to his friend Mike Wilson, who helped promote the film to Columbia Pictures. Columbia signed on to the project and sought to cast Marlon Brando and Peter Sellers in the lead roles. However, a series of events led to the project being canceled. First, when Ray went to copyright his script, he was surprised to find that the script had already been copyrighted by Wilson as a co-written work, the authors being officially credited as "Mike Wilson and Satyajit Ray," in that order. According to Ray, Wilson's only contribution to the script was his suggestion of the word "broad" instead of "chick" at one place in the script. Later, Brando dropped out of the project and, although an attempt was made to bring James Coburn in his place, Ray said he was disillusioned with Hollywood machinations and returned to Calcutta. The project was abandoned at that time and, although Columbia was interested in reviving the project in the 1970s and 1980s, nothing came of it. When "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" was released in 1982, many, including Arthur C. Clarke, saw striking similarities in the film to Ray's earlier script. Ray said that Steven Spielberg's movie "would not have been possible without my script of 'The Alien' being available throughout America in mimeographed copies." Spielberg denied this by saying, "I was a kid in high school when this script was circulating in Hollywood." (Spielberg graduated high school in 1965. His first film released in 1968.)

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