E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial parents guide

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

Overall A

A boy named Elliot (Henry Thomas) meets an alien and they become best friends. The little creature personifies every child's dream of the ultimate imaginary playmate, but it is no game when government agents close in on and try to capture the lost space visitor.

Violence A-
Sexual Content A
Profanity B-
Substance Use B

Why is E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial rated PG? The MPAA rated E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial PG

Run Time: 115 minutes

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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Rating & Content Info

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Why is E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial rated PG? E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is rated PG by the MPAA

Overall: A

A boy named Elliot (Henry Thomas) meets an alien and they become best friends. The little creature personifies every child’s dream of the ultimate imaginary playmate, but it is no game when government agents close in on and try to capture the lost space visitor.

Violence: A-

Characters chase alien. Characters take knives with them to investigate intruder. Character threatens siblings. Character falls in tub and is submerged. Characters briefly discuss poison.  Character cuts his finger and it bleeds. Characters in cars pursue others on bikes on several occasions. Character is distressed by medical intervention. Characters become increasingly ill and one appears to die.

Sexual Content: A

None noted.

Language: B-

At least: 3 moderate and 2 mild profanities, 5 terms of Deity used as expletives, and some name-calling.

Alcohol / Drug Use: B

Character drinks beer and becomes intoxicated.

Miscellaneous Concerns:

Characters ride bikes without helmets. Character fakes illness, pretends to throw up. Rowdy behavior is shown on school bus. Extended scene includes discussion of frog dissection and attempts to kill frogs. Characters discuss the break-up of parent’s marriage.  Characters eavesdrop on house occupants. Under-aged character drives without license.

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E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia G
Alberta Not Rated
Manitoba Not Rated -----
Ontario Not Rated
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video PG

News About "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial"

Cast and Crew

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial is directed by Steven Speilberg and stars Henry Thomas, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, Dee Williams.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial movie is October 9, 2012. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial: 30th Anniversary Edition

Release Date: 9 October 2012

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial releases in a 30th Anniversary Edition. The package includes:

- Blu-ray/DVD/UV Digital Copy of the movie

- All-new Steven Spielberg & E.T. Interview

- The 20th Anniversary Premiere

- Two Deleted Scenes (from the 2002 version)

- Designs, Photographs, and Marketing Elements

- Original Theatrical Trailer & Special Olympics TV Spot

- The E.T. Journals, shot by Academy Award-winning cinematographer John Toll (Braveheart)

- A Look Back

- The E.T. Reunion

- The Evolution and Creation of E.T.

- The Music of E.T.: A Discussion with John Williams

The E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial: 30th Anniversary Edition also releases with a Limited Amazon Exclusive Spaceship. This package, available for a limited time, includes all of the extras listed above, plus a model of the spaceship seen in the movie.

DVD Notes: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial: 20th Anniversary Edition

Release Date: October 22, 2002

Twenty years after he first waddled onto the big screen, E. T. The Extra-Terrestrial is back in a special anniversary edition aimed at capturing a new generation of fans. The film sports digitally-enhanced sound and some previously unseen footage retrieved from the cutting room floor. Director Steven Spielberg also took the liberty of re-editing some scenes he was reportedly unhappy with in the original film. Using computer technology to alter the images, he made this film less violent by removing guns from the hands of federal agents.This 20th Anniversary Edition also boosts the following extras:

Disc One: Feature film—2002 version

- A special introduction by Steven Spielberg

- Live performance of John Williams conducting at the 2002 premiere

- An exciting space exploration

Disc Two: Feature film—1982 version

- “Spotlight on Location” featurette

- The Reunion: The cast and filmmakers discuss the impact of the film

- The Evolution and Creation of ET: hundreds of production photographs, conceptual drawings and original advertising in an interactive environment

- DVD-ROM features with Total Axess includes behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, and more.

Related home video titles:

For other tales of aliens try Contact or Close Encounters Of The Third Kind. Other movies featuring unusual friendships include An American Tail, The Indian In The Cupboard and Free Willy.

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