face was modeled after poet Carl Sandburg and Albert
- At the auditions, Thomas, Henry thought about the day
his dog died to express sadness. Director Steven Spielberg cried, and hired him on the spot.
- Harrison Ford played the school principal, but his only
scene was cut as Spielberg considered his presence would be too distracting. Ford's wife Melissa Mathison wrote
- In the Halloween scene, a child dressed as Yoda from
The Empire Strikes Back (1980) walks by and catches E.T.'s eye. A snatch of composer John Williams'
Yoda theme is heard.
- Reese's outbid M&M's for product placement. There
is a rumour that M&M's were used initially, but the company asked for them to be removed, suspecting that the
film would flop.
- The extraterrestrial's plant collection includes a triffid
(from The Day of the Triffids (1962)).
- ET's voice was performed by Pat Walsh, with help from Debra Winger.
- ET's communicator actually worked, and was constructed
by Henry Feinberg, an expert in science and technology interpretation for the public.
- Steven SpielbergTrademark: Elliot's father deserts the
family to go to Mexico with Sally.