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E.X. (THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, 1982)

By Mike Lyons     June 08, 2001

After the success of STAR WARS in 1977, Hollywood spent millions of dollars on special effects to try and manufacture their own success - the next 'big hit.' All of these prefabrications were missing one thing-heart--until E.T. - THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL came along. Director Steven Spielberg realized that mechanical wizardry would hold audiences' attention for only so long. With the aide of Melissa Mathison's thoughtful script, Spielberg merged the emotions of 'boy and his dog' tales with the artistry of Disney's classic films. The end result was matinee magic for a new generation. The film works because it has the ability to capture that rare commodity: wonder. It's not just about the wonder of life 'out there,' but the film, even upon repeated viewings, has the capacity to spark childhood remembrances in adults and mature musings in children. Since its release, E.T. has been copied, ridiculed, reviled and autopsied by numerous critics, but of them all, it is Roger Ebert who seemed to have summed it up best when he wrote: 'This movie made my heart glad.' - Mike Lyons

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