E.T. on home video (1988)


 
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Friday, 27 October 2017


1988 -

It’s still one of the most quoted film lines ever: ‘E.T. Phone Home’. The image of E.T., Elliot and his friends on a bike in front of the full moon is also iconic. E.T. was a hit when it got out in the cinemas in 1982 and was still a hit the day it was released as a home video, six years later. Today in 1988 the video got out. By that time, 14 million copies were already presold.



Spielberg’s imaginary friend
E.T. the Extra Terrestrial was a movie based on a Spielberg alien figure. Steven Spielberg claims E.T. looks like an imaginary friend he made up after his parents got divorced in 1960. The film began shooting in September 1981 and ended shooting in December the same year. It took only 61 days to shoot one of the most successful movies ever. Nevertheless, it was a quite expensive production. Costs: 10.5 million US. Dollars. No sweat, Spielberg and Universal Pictures got their investments back. Worldwide it grossed 800 million Dollars, 79 times as much as the investment.



360 trivial fact
E.T. made stars like Drew Barrymore, playing Elliot’s kid sister, but Spielberg also refused some established names. Michael Jackson wrote the song ‘Somewhere in the dark’ for the movie, but Spielberg never used it. Also, Harrison Ford initially played the role of school principal, but the scene was cut out. In the end, Spielberg didn’t want to distract attention with Ford’s role in the movie.

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