Dee Wallace (Mary), Peter Coyote (Keys), Henry
Thomas (Elliott), Robert MacNaughton (Michael), Drew Barrymore (Gertie), K. C. Martel (Greg), Sean Frye (Steve), Tom Howell (Tyler), Erika Eleniak (Pretty
The most popular movie at the box office in the 1980's has
dated quite well and is still considered one of the best family films of all time.
An alien is stranded on Earth and discovered by a young
boy from a broken suburban family who befriends the creature and together they form a deep bond of friendship.
The movie can be viewed as a Christ allegory, a parable
about the importance of a maternal figure or simply as a science fiction movie which both adults and young children can enjoy. John Williams' exhilarating music must surely be considered one
of the greatest movie themes ever.
In 2002, a 'special edition' with new visual effects and
recut scenes was released and did more harm than good, taking away some of the magic from the original film and rather mockingly insulting to the huge fanbase of the 1982 issue.