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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Choose an answer from the three choices and True or False offered after each question and then "Check Your Answers" at the end of the quiz.

1. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 science fiction film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg. It tells the story of Elliott, a lonely boy who befriends a friendly alien, dubbed "E.T.", who is stranded on Earth. Who played Elliott in the movie?

  • Peter Coyote
  • John Williams
  • Henry Thomas

2. Who wrote the screenplay?

  • Melissa Mathison
  • Kathleen Kennedy
  • Dee Wallace

3. The film was shot from September to December 1981 in California on a budget of US$10.5 million. Unlike most motion pictures, the film was shot in roughly chronological order, to facilitate convincing emotional performances from the young cast.

  • True or False?

4. As he fetches pizza, Elliott discovers the stranded alien, who promptly flees. Despite his family's disbelief, Elliott leaves candy in the forest to lure it into his bedroom. What is the candy Elliott leaves?

  • Reese's Pieces
  • M&M Peanut
  • Snickers candy bar

5. Who plays Elliott�s younger sister Gertie?

  • Erika Eleniak
  • Drew Barrymore
  • Debra Winger

6. After his parents' divorce in 1960, Spielberg filled the void with an imaginary alien companion. Spielberg said that E.T. was "a friend who could be the brother I never had and a father that I didn't feel I had anymore."

  • True or False?

7. E.T. began shooting in September 1981. The project was filmed under the title The Wizard of Space to keep production a secret, as Spielberg did not want anyone to discover and plagiarize the plot.

  • True or False?

8. �E.T.� enlists Elliott's help in building a device to �phone home.� What is the device based on?

  • Apple Computer
  • IBM Mainframe computer
  • Speak & Spell

9. During post-production, Spielberg decided to cut a scene featuring Elliott's principal. The scene featured Elliott being reprimanded for his behavior in science class, and saw Elliott's chair being levitated while E.T. was levitating his "phone" equipment up the staircase with Gertie. Who was the principal?

  • Harrison Ford
  • Rex Harrison
  • Brent Myerson

10. The film was shot so adults, except for Dee Wallace, are never seen from the waist up in the first half of the film. It was a tribute to the cartoons of what famous cartoonist?

  • Tex Avery
  • Chuck Jones
  • Walter Lantz

Check Your Answers

  1. Henry Thomas
  2. Melissa Mathison
  3. True
  4. Reese's Pieces
  5. Drew Barrymore
  6. True
  7. False. The title was A Boy's Life.
  8. Speak & Spell
  9. Harrison Ford
  10. Tex Avery

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