E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Thursday, June 28 at dusk in Atlanta's Piedmont Park for "Screen on the Green" 2007
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) is more than a movie – it is one of those rare cinematic occurrences that strikes at exactly the right time and place, revealing the cultural zeitgeist of the moment. The film sparked an immediate pop culture frenzy when it was released in 1982; it turned the precocious, young Drew Barrymore into a household name, led to a 65% increase in the sale of Reese’s Pieces and had kids, and even adults, everywhere saying, “E.T. phone home.” The movie grossed $700 million worldwide, making it the top-grossing movie of the 1980s and the 4th highest U.S. box office of all time. Variety called E.T. “the best Disney movie Walt Disney never made.” And Rolling Stone raved that Steven Spielberg was “the most successful movie director in Hollywood, America, the Occident, the planet Earth, the solar system and the galaxy.” But E.T. was never intended to be such a phenomenon.
If you are in or near Atlanta and feel like reliving a part of our childhood here's your chance to watch E.T. on the big screen all over again.