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Nordling Talks To Henry Thomas About E.T.!

Published at: Oct. 8, 2012, 8:08 p.m. CST by Nordling

Nordling here.

First, this interview was way too short for my taste.  I don't particularly enjoy doing phoners as a rule - it's always better to have a genuine give-and-take in person and see how the interviewee physically responds to a  question, and have a real conversation as opposed to a couple of minutes in a phone call.  But there was no way I was going to pass up talking to the star of my favorite film of all time.  Hopefully this will be the first step of my quest to bag the elephant and talk to Mr. Spielberg someday about E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL like Quint did with his amazingawesome JAWS interview last year.  I could probably safely die after that moment.

But while I was doing this interview with Henry Thomas for the E.T. Blu-Ray release this week, I was being slammed with Fantastic Fest, physical exhaustion, and lack of sleep, so I don't think I came off at my best here.  Plus, again, it was a phoner, which are always a little awkward.  But I was still deliriously happy to talk to the man who helped make so many of my movie dreams come true, and it was a huge honor for me.

E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL comes out on Blu-Ray tomorrow.  The picture?  Phenomenal.  I'm so proud to have it, and I'm so thankful to the good people at Universal for making this possible.

Nordling: Mr. Thomas, this is Alan, how are you doing?

Henry Thomas: Hey Alan, I’m doing well.  How are you?

Nordling: I’m very well.  First off, I just wanted to get this out of the way; E.T. is my favorite movie of all time.  I love that movie to death. I have so much emotion wrapped up in that film, and your performance is one of the most iconic children’s performances of all time. I just had to gush and get that out of the way first.

Henry Thomas: Thanks very much, Alan.  I’m glad you’re still a fan.

Nordling: Oh, very much so.  I’ve played it for my daughter; in fact, there was a 35MM screening of E.T. in Austin a few months back, and I took her to see it when the Alamo Drafthouse was doing their Summer of ’82 retrospective-

Henry Thomas: Yeah, I was almost there.

Nordling: Oh, really?

Henry Thomas: Yeah, I was going to go, but I couldn’t end up doing it.

Nordling: Well, it was a really wonderful experience, and my daughter fell in love with the movie and I fell in love with it all over again.  I actually wanted to start from the very beginning, with that famous audition tape.  What was going through your mind that day?  Because it’s a very emotional piece to even watch now.  I know it’s some time ago now, but how did that work for you?  They seemed to have really gotten your emotions that day.

Henry Thomas: Well, what had happened was… you know, the first film that I did was called RAGGEDY MAN, and that was a Universal picture, and they had brought me out to do looping, additional dialogue for RAGGEDY MAN, and while I was there, I was to meet with Steven Spielberg.  So I met with him on the set of POLTERGEIST, and he said I want you to come in tomorrow and read for me, read for this new project that I’m doing. I said okay, and I came in the next day, and they had a scene, like a one page scene to read.  And so I read it, I read it a couple of times, and Steven asked me to do an improv with the casting agent, who was Mike Fenton at the time.  And so they set up the parameters for this improvisation, which was basically, “You’ve found something, he’s your friend now, and some government people are going to take it away.”  So what you see on the tape is my improvisation of that little scenario.  I guess I was just really going for it that day, and luckily it worked out. It’s the only time in my whole career that I’ve actually known I had the job for sure when I walked out of the room, because you could hear Spielberg saying, “Kid, you got the job.”

Nordling: If you’ll recall, what do you think your favorite day on the set of E.T. was?

Henry Thomas: Well, my favorite day… we shot up in Crescent City, in the redwood forest, and that was my favorite time on set because, I think it was the first time that I ever didn’t have that much dialogue, and I could have a little fun, and we were in the redwood forest, which was beautiful.  There’s something about being on location that’s really nice for me.  I really like staying in hotels with the crew, and being on set, out in the middle of nowhere.  That’s kind of fun.  There were many memorable days.  We had a huge Halloween party; that was fun.  I’d never been trick or treating before, so I went trick or treating for the first time.

Nordling: You hear so many stories about how the shark in JAWS was just so frustrating for Steven Spielberg at the time.  Were there any moments in E.T. that technically might have been frustrating for you as an actor, or for him as a director?

Henry Thomas: Yeah, there were plenty of those, you know – any time you’re working with something that’s mechanical, it’s going to break.  So that happened quite a bit, you know.  There were sticky eyelids, and lips that wouldn’t articulate the words properly enough.  We’d have to go back and do it again.  There were a lot of technical hangups.  I actually pulled the arms off E.T. once, on accident.  I had to lift it up in this bathtub scene.

Nordling: It’s a deleted scene, I believe.

Henry Thomas: It’s one of the deleted scenes, but I think it’s back in now.  Anyway, it was challenging at times.

Nordling: But there’s a real sense of play going on as well in the movie.  It’s such an intimate film; a lot of the audience’s believability in E.T. is through Elliott, and if Elliott absolutely believes in it, then we believe in it as well.

Henry Thomas: I think that was the concern and the challenge in casting the role and that was certainly at the forefront of Steven’s mind when he was getting a performance out of me.  I had to carry the film in a lot of ways for the audience.

Nordling: Your relationship with Mr. Spielberg in the film, when you watch the behind-the-scenes features on the documentaries on the Blu-Ray, it feels like he was on your level, when he was dealing with you as an actor on your level, not only in your performance, but in general, as a friend and being there.  Has that relationship with Mr. Spielberg grown over the years since the film has been made?

Henry Thomas: Well we see each other every once in a while, mostly for E.T. related things, but no, we worked together for 10 weeks.  Steven has always been very supportive of me, and he’s always sent me notes and things of encouragement if he’s seen something I’ve done, and he’s always been very considerate and very nice to me.

Nordling: I actually saw a film of yours recently where you played Hank Williams (THE LAST RIDE), and I thought you were terrific in that.

Henry Thomas: Thanks very much.  That’s my favorite performance that I’ve done in recent years, and maybe my favorite performance of all time.  It’s nice that that little film actually got a release at all.

Nordling: It played in Houston at the film festival there and I remember catching it there and thinking that was a really great performance.  Since E.T.’s release 30 years ago, what’s the craziest bit of fan mail that you’ve gotten since then?

Henry Thomas: Oh, there were some crazy ones.  I think the funniest piece of fan mail I got – it was addressed to me and sent to my agency, but when I opened it I realized that the person sending it was trying to send it to a linebacker or I think a defensive player on the Minnesota Vikings with the same name as me, Henry Thomas.  This was like 10 years ago.  But I didn’t realize it until after the fact so when I read the letter it was really funny because this fan had gone into great detail describing a few plays and a few games, so I had to send it back to that guy.

Nordling: Not what you expected.  Since the film’s release, it’s obviously considered a great classic now, and I was always curious on your take on Steven Spielberg’s changed it with taking the guns out and the walkie-talkies in, and now the guns are back in.  What did you think of that controversy that happened at the time?

Henry Thomas: I understand it, because of the political climate and everything at the time, but I don’t think it was ever a popular decision; I don’t even think it was popular with Steven.  He was just under some pressure to do things like that at the time.  I mean, there was Columbine, and September 11 happening, so anyway… I think fans are disappointed when anything from the original gets changed at all because that’s not how they remember it.  And part of the success of E.T. is because a lot of people now have cited that as one of the first films they remember seeing or going to the theater to se, so… I think giving the people what they want is always a good thing.

Nordling: Thank you so much for your time, Mr. Thomas.

E.T. - THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL is out tomorrow on Blu-Ray.  Trust me, you want it.

Nordling, out.  Follow me on Twitter!

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  • Oct. 8, 2012, 8:10 p.m. CST

    first

    by Madmacks

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 8:16 p.m. CST

    Fuck ET.

    by bdc777

    Never liked this piece of shit, and never will. Two vastly superior films were. Completely buried because of this overly sentimental claptrap. John Carpenter's The Thing and Blade Runner blow this abortion away!!!!!! Not that I am bitter or anything.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 8:17 p.m. CST

    That audition tape...

    by vadakinX

    I'd forgotten how heartbreaking that audition tape is.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 8:19 p.m. CST

    Sorry

    by bdc777

    I just have to react that way whenever someone mentions this film. Truth be told I actually like it just a tad. I'll just never be able to forgive it for its part in derailing Carpenter's career.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 8:22 p.m. CST

    Jaw and E.T.!

    by grassh0pperunit

    I can't wait to pick this up. First Jaws comes out on Blu-ray and then E.T. I just have to be patient and wait for S.S.'s masterpiece: 1941!

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 8:25 p.m. CST

    The "sequel" would have been interesting.

    by Chris Moody

    E.T.s with sharp teeth would have been fun!

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 8:27 p.m. CST

    http://tinyurl.com/et2nocturnalfears

    by Chris Moody

    E.T. 2 - Nocturnal Fears That would have been...interesting.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 8:31 p.m. CST

    bdc777

    by vadakinX

    The Thing and Blade Runner came out on the same day. Even without E.T. they would have either cancelled each other out or one would have trounced the other and you might be hear today hating on Blade Runner for crushing The Thing or vice versa. You can't blame E.T. for Blade Runner and The Thing's supposed failures (I don't consider them failures given the status they currently enjoy). E.T. came out a week or two before them. It was a film aimed at a different audience. The E.T. audience was supposed to be parents and kids. Blade Runner and The Thing were meant for guys in their 20's and older. Maybe some teenagers sneaking in. E.T. attracted a much larger audience than anyone really expected, even with the Spielberg factor. It wasn't just parents and kids, it was everyone. You can't blame it for being successful. Had the release dates been reversed or had Blade Runner and The Thing been pushed back a few more weeks, things might have been a different for those films but that's the fault of the studios, not E.T.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 8:31 p.m. CST

    The audition tape: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzUZheS7cXY

    by Rupee88

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HzUZheS7cXY

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Really? Blame?

    by Glenn

    Someone already said it, but to personally blame one movie for another's demise in the marketplace and hold that close to your vest, is seriously the mark of an imbalanced mind. But I think you're just kidding or being hyperbolic. Can't blame Star Wars for knocking Sorcerer out of the ring; time's were a-changin', is all... I love all three films mentioned -- Thing, BR, E.T. -- but it does show what's missing in today's movie world...namely, movies with an emotion at their core. Easier said than done.

  • You look like a hippie.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 9:35 p.m. CST

    I don't particularly enjoy doing phoners

    by martinprince

    Oh, come on Nordling: E.T. phone home!

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Short interview but good questions, nord.

    by Alice Cooper Stalker

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 9:52 p.m. CST

    krypton kid

    by Glenn

    Never a dry eye around when Dabney Coleman abounds...

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 10:04 p.m. CST

    I like E.T.

    by notcher

    That's all.... I do like the idea of the digital copy being included with that abortion that is "Ultraviolet."

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 10:33 p.m. CST

    I must praise this movie by tearing another one down...!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Anyone else bugged by people who do this? I mean, I can understand being upset and bitter when a movie your like or really love underperforms or outright flops at the box office, but people who "blame" E.T. for how poorly The Thing and Blade Runner did smacks of sour grapes. E.T. was a PG film aimed at a general family audience (the old "eight to eighty" crowd), and Blade Runner and the Thing were hard-R action/sci-fi films (with The Thing addng horror to the menu) that were aimed at a completely different demographic. I mean, if there were another PG-rated family movie released that summer to be bulldozed under by the E.T. phenomenon, it was The Secret Of NIMH, but I don't hate on E.T. because it sucked up the audience that might have enjoyed NIMH. NIMH, like Blade Runner and The Thing, has found its appreciative audiences in the decades since its original release, and that's a wonderful thing.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 10:48 p.m. CST

    rumourd, question (Cloak & Dagger ending spoiler, by the way)

    by The Krypton Kid

    SPOILER Do you think Dabney's father character died in the end?

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 10:57 p.m. CST

    I'm an AICN talkbacker, and I'm too cool for E.T.!

    by Chief Joseph

    Not really. I remember E.T. cereal tasting really bizarre.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 11:15 p.m. CST

    Overrated fuck you

    by eric haislar

    It's a wonderful film made by a Artist at his most creative peak. Spielberg is the master of emotional manipulation. He can make you feel however he wants. I can't believe people act like that is a bad thing. That is all cinema the directors job is make you feel and push you to a moment. Blade Runner and The Thing are both amazing films. But ET really is pure movie magic, everything about from the acting, editing, effects, score......everything is just do well done. There is a reason it has effected people on a emotional level for over 30 years.

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 11:54 p.m. CST

    nasty in the pasty

    by Glenn

    You can read my comments above, but yeah, what you speak of is the nadir of fan attention. It's akin to giving credence to what loses/wins an Academy Award, as if there is such a thing as "better than" in that supposed contest. These gripes always provide me a visual of some reactionary 40-year-old lying supine on his carpet, kicking his feet in the air while beating his fists against the floor, wailing about "I want MY favorite movie to win and make more money!" I wonder why people don't give more thought to how asinine they sound before writing the words they do...

  • Oct. 8, 2012, 11:55 p.m. CST

    krypton kid, "Cloak & Dagger"

    by Glenn

    I really have little memory of this film, other than...wasn't it shot in the canals of San Antonio or something? I dunno. I do remember his beret, though.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Does he still prefer Intellivision to Atari?

    by Bedknobs and Boomsticks

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Respect

    by Robbiemc9

    I can completely see why people love ET so much and it is definetly a well crafted film. I love Speilburg's stuff but ET was one I just couldn't connect with. I was Elliot's age when the movie came out and we had to wait in line around the block to see it. My whole family were pumped to see it and there seemed in retrospect to be a lot of focus on me enjoying it because I was the same age and kind of looked like the kid. Then we got in and saw it and I just remember thinking that is was kind of lame. Even then at that tender age it was just a bit schmultzy for me. My mum was pissed that I didn't like it that much. Seemed to be a common theme with the other kids at my school. The girls in class loved it but all the guys my age were instinctivly too cool for school on this one. There was a lot of light sabering and Rancor biting of ET in our playground. Then again I am an Aussie and we tend not to be such a sentimantal bunch. He is lucky he landed in the US. If it was Oz we would have thought it was a deformed cane toad and stomped it. An average Speilburg movie at the most. Jaws, Raiders, Close Encounters etc were much better. Looking forward to seeing it after all these years on blu though.

  • I think he should be better known for his career and not just being perpectually known as the ET from kid. Like how people know Christian Bale for lots of other works and not just as the kid from "Empire Of The Sun".

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 3:35 a.m. CST

    ET is a movie i loved out of.

    by albert comin

    It used to be my favorite movie. Hardly anymore. In fact, for 20 years now that movie rarely crosses my mind when i think of movies i love. Maybe i grew tired of it and all the hype around it. One thing i have ET to thank for, and that is, it was the movie that made me love film scores. I used to listen to that film's score over and over. All my love for film scores was born from ET, and so, in that regard, i have an eternal gratitude for that movie.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 3:41 a.m. CST

    @Mr erichaislar

    by albert comin

    Spielberg's movies USED to make me feel whatever he wanted to. Nowdays the very opposite happens. I'm now all too aware of the manipulations that Spielberg pulls out this days. One reason why i have little but contempt for "War Horse". Spielberg's emotional manipulations tricks are wearing thin on me now. I rather respond better when he goes atypical and out of his confort zone, like he did in "Munich". I'm on the fence on "Lincoln" because the bad vibes i got from the trailer. not so much the images or the theme of the movie per se, which in find interesting, but the film score going all americana emotional trying to convince me this is very fucking important stuff. Well, i know it's important stuff, i can pick a history book, thank you very much, i don't need John Williams pulling all the sugary notes to tell me that.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 3:52 a.m. CST

    @Mr nasty in the pasty

    by albert comin

    It was because of "ET" that "Blade Runner" and "The Thing" underperformed at the box office. And if those two movies had remained obscure and known only by a very few, even among the geek croud, i would had reasons to be still be bitter about it. I certaily was in the 80s, the nadir of those two movie's popularity. But today, both BR and The Thing are well known and respected movies, they are movies which gained popularity with time, were rediscoveredand are now classics and references to their genre. So i'm not bitter about it anymore. But it's a damn shame those movies didn't got the recognition they deserved back then. But ironically, the fact they flopped might had come as a blessing in diguised, because it meant those two were some of the first movies to get released in VHS home video, and they reached a new and big audience, which was the begining of their new found fame and recognition. I'm not a person of an optimistic disposition, but in this case i have to recognize things did worked out for the better. But i would had never guessed that back in the 80s.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 5 a.m. CST

    BR and the Thing bombed

    by gerry derboven

    when they came out. They were R rated so ET didn't steal any audiences. It's been said here often enough. St op pretending that it is other wise. BR and The Thing gained cult respect when they came out on home video. E.T. was one of those movies that made me 'click' : i was so IN that movie like i was 'IN' Star Wars and Superman. It is pure movie magic, woven by a craftsman at the peak of his ability.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 5:02 a.m. CST

    erichaislar

    by gerry derboven

    i seem to have copied your post almost word for word but is wear i hadn't read it. This is only proof of how ET evokes the same kind of response in so many people. weird.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 6:10 a.m. CST

    Re: "E.T. Derailed Carpenter's Career"

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Actually, if you wanna get technical, E.T. pretty much SAVED Carpenter's career, since the very next thing he did after THE THING (not counting CHRISTINE, which I don't) was STARMAN, one of his biggest box-office hits, the reason he was able to continue making movies after 1985 and the only one of his films with an Oscar nomination (for Jeff Bridges). And THE THING came into its own since then, so did BLADE RUNNER.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Met him

    by SlyWalker

    In Arkansas at a bar when he was filming the Last Ride. Very approachable guy. Soft spot for E.T. always!

  • Blade Runner was Harrison Ford's follow up to Raiders and Scott's follow up to Alien. It wasn't promoted as such, but audiences were expecting a rollicking action adventure akin to Star Wars and Raiders, Ford's two prior vehicles. Not a moody examination of memories and humanity. The Thing was simply not a summer film. A gory, violent, pushed-to-the-edge horror film was too much for the date and family friendly summer season. That's why Poltergeist was such a success. It had its shock effects (the falling apart face in the mirror, the big moment), but they were surrounded by the familiar. The family. The suburbs. Not a group of surly, disguruntled men trapped in the middle of nowhere. I think it it was released in the fall, it would of done much better. ET was the Disney boy meets dog, boy looses dog, boy gets dog story, done to perfection. The fact that the movie was told from the childs view (and viewpoint) was key to its success, as was Spielberg's expert direction of the children. And unlike Blade Runner and The Thing which were celebral in nature (both films dealing with the question, "who are you?"), ET was pure emotion. Heart beats brain everytime.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 10:28 a.m. CST

    @Mr openthepodbaydoorshal

    by albert comin

    "Heart beats brain everytime." I can't count the ways i resent and hate that. How about brain WITH heart, which is what Blade Runner and The Thing both have?

  • Blade Runner, The Thing and ET, are all works of their respective directors at the peak of their talents. I think all three are masterpieces. I don't think that movies must be dumbed down to be a success. But sometmies a challenging film will have trouble finding a wide audience.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST

    A masterpiece of the highest order!

    by Darkness

    I remember watching the movies final moments when E.T says goodbye, and being emotionally distraught when Elliot leaned in for a cuddle amongst saying goodbye to his extra terrestrial friend - interspersed with John Williams' sumptuous score. Moving and brilliant - and considering i rarely cry at anything, young Steven obviously did his job at reaching out to his audience. I can rarely say anything derogatory about this flick, even though it has it's detractors.

  • Brody's son in Jaws, Cary Guffey, Drew, Henry, Christian Bale, etc,etc. His only misfire was the lost boys of Hook. They all looked and acted like they came from central casting.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 11:29 a.m. CST

    I think this was John Williams best work overall!

    by taosjedi

  • Oct. 9, 2012, noon CST

    That ET Atari game didn't make any kind of sense.

    by kindofabigdeal

  • But even with all his experience with kids, Christian Bale blew his mind. Since Empire Of The Sun, Spielberg alway sends Bale a christmas card without fail. What for many is Et as the quintessencial emotional ride experience directed by Spielberg, for me it's "Empire Of The Sun". If you ask me which Spielberg movie that still makes me choke on my tears and always work to cause a strong emotional response on me, it's not ET i name, it's "Empire Of The Sun", since 1987. As far i can remember i have enjoyed the movies of Spielberg, but it was "Empire Of The Sun" that was my big watershed. Spielberg for me was not the same afterwards. I saw a side ofhim as a director i hadn't before, a said of him which unfortunatly he rarely lets out.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Summer 1982

    by skoolbus

    I remember it insanely well, because I spent it at home. I turned nine. That whole summer was sci-fi fantasy flicks. But I didn't get to see any of them because my family lived an hour away from the nearest movie theater and didn't like driving anywhere. I used to have to see movies through bubblegum cards and comics before they came to HBO a year later. That's how I saw Superman II, Raiders (looooong wait for that to come to HBO), Clash Of The Titans, E.T., Dark Crystal, Tron, Return Of The Jedi, Blade Runner (shitty comic, btw), Star Trek II (fucking b/w photonovel), Conan, Poltergeist (read the fucking book) The Thing (through fucking Starlog), Superman III (terrible), Temple Of Doom, Last Starfighter, Buckaroo Banzai, etc. I even had to deal with Dune through bubblegum cards and comics. I'm ridiculously jealous of all you guys who got to see these movies when they came out, but I still had a good time with what I had. Anyway, I finally got to see E.T. for Christmas after the summer. Same with Jedi the next year.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Oh god

    by skoolbus

    Gremlins, Ghostbusters...fuck.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 2:13 p.m. CST

    Okay. What is Ultraviolet? Is it going to replace BluRay?

    by BilboRing

    As for E.T., watched it with my kids Sunday. What a great movie. I got all teary-eyed several times. Just a classic movie. The kids were amazing actors too. Everything worked.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Siskel and Ebert talk E.T.

    by eric haislar

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3kARc0iB9k

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 2:19 p.m. CST

    Another Siskel & Ebert review of the film.

    by eric haislar

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqCQwusLm4k

  • and The Color Purple and combined them for Empire Of The Sun. THAT is the film I'm waiting for the Blu release.

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 3:27 p.m. CST

    @Mr openthepodbaydoorshal

    by albert comin

    I second that desire for Empire Of The Sun on blu-ray. The movie itself looks like a David lean movie, i can't even guess how gorgeaus it will look like in blu. The scene that tears me up in Empire Of The Sun is when young Jim is finally reunited with his parents but he's so shell socked he doesn't seem to recognize them anymore, and it's little hints and clues like his mother's hair that he finally understands who they are. And there is no big emotional moment of they bursting in tears and laughter, there's no "i love you, mommy" thing. All it happens is Jim closes his eyes, as if he finally can sleep, while that moving welsh lullaby song sang in chinese is played. And that happening after we witnessing young Jim going through a very surreal hell for 140 minutes. It's the cumulative effect that by then it creates my flood gate of emotions. And i have seen that movie quite a lot since first time, and it never fails to move me to tears. Never fails. Few other movies can give me such an emotional impact like this does, the other being "The Remains Of The Day" and "Never Let Me Go", to name two. ET feels to me like pure emotional manipulation by playing tricks. Empire Of The Sun feels truly genuine and earned. Make no mistake, i think ET is quite a very good movie made by a filmmaker at the height of his powers. But "Empire Of The Sun" will always be with me no matter my age. That movie spoke to my soul.

  • It's seriously my favourite damn film ever made. To me, it just doesn't come any better. And my 6 year old and 3 year old daughters now love it just as much as I ever did. There aren't many films I want to pass onto my next generation - but this is one them. (To some extent, the Star Wars movies aswell, which my girls also love).

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 8:11 p.m. CST

    My God....

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    You know, for all the chest thumping on this site in regards to people calling themselves nerds and geeks, you all behave like the people who fucked with you in high school. Anyone who can come on this site....this fucking site of all sites.....and claim to hate E.T. is someone who wants people to think he's someone who he really isn't. Now all movies are subjective but E.T. isn't all movies. Anyone who can't get swept up in this film and let his or her emotions be manipulated by the master at his peak, simply has no soul

  • Oct. 9, 2012, 8:13 p.m. CST

    I remember crying so hard walking out of the theater

    by dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    My older brother was laughing at me but y parents were so touched that they took me to Dairy Queen to make me feel better. It must have been close to the theater becuase I clearly remember I was still crying when I got my ice cream. We were walking back to the car when I dropped my ice cream on the ground. Then I REALLY started crying. This came out in summer of 82 so i was 6.

  • Oct. 10, 2012, 10:53 a.m. CST

    @Mr dancetothebeatofthelivingdead

    by albert comin

    I saw no people hating ET in here. I did saw people saying they have outgrew it (*points to self as an example*), but hate on this movie? Where are they?

  • Oct. 10, 2012, 7:11 p.m. CST

    scirocco one correction concerning Empire of the Sun.

    by frank

    Jim didn't recognize his parents because of a shell-shock. He was blind because he looked at the bright light of the nuclear explosion. That's why he touched his mother's hair to recognize, because he couldn' see her. It is pretty obvious in the movie.

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