E.T. script
E.T. (1982)
Synopsis: After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas). Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie (Drew Barrymore), and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien.

[Keys have now become a prop which identifies the antagonist of the story:

the faceless government agent. Like the antagonist of many other fantasy

films, his face is not initially revealed in order to hold the audiences


The man with keys walks to a truck where he and two other men review a map

that's placed on the hood of the truck. The man with keys holds the

flashlight up and points it at the hood. E.T watches them from the bushes.

[The fact that E.T. is observing the actions of the men also creates a

psychological bond between the audience and him, since they are also

observing these characters.]

[While the audience doesn't actually see a map, they presume its existence

given the actions of the characters. This style of story telling engages

the audience, and gets them guessing about the characters' actions. They

then create expectations, which are later often proved to be wrong. This

makes the story both unpredictable and exciting.]


An alien stands in front of a round light and transmits a homing signal,

presumably to call the other aliens back to the ship.

[These characters are all in jeopardy.]


When E.T hears the sound, his red heart lights up. The homing signal

reverberates in his chest.

[This establishes that his heart is used as a communication device, i.e.,

these aliens communicate with their hearts.]

"Keys" hears this sound and quickly turns around. He points his flashlight

towards the sounds. The other men join him as they walk towards the sound.

E.T. screams and runs away, which is indicated by the shaking bushes. The

men with flashlights chase after him.

[So, like Dorothy in the WIZARD OF OZ, the opening scene has the

protagonist being pursued by an unknown antagonist.]

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Melissa Mathison

Melissa Marie Mathison was an American film and television screenwriter and an activist for Tibetan freedom. more…

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