E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Shat The Movies listeners were asked to choose from six of Dick Eberts’ favorites for this week’s podcast, but their top choices already had been commissioned by other listeners. We get it: You love Dick.
We’ve done “Demolition Man” and “The Karate Kid,” so you’re stuck with the film Rotten Tomatoes rated the Greatest Sci-fi movie of all time: “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.”
Find out how to pronounce Reese’s Pieces and how “E.T” made the candy an overnight success. Learn the Shat Crew’s bloody history with animal dissections, and debate whether an alien visiting Earth is more likely to be a miracle messiah or a Typhoid Mary.
Gene Lyons praises “E.T.” for being secretly spooky, while Roger Roeper and Big D examine the possibly racist undertones of the 1980s Halloween costumes.
We’ll also cover why E.T.’s has the voice of a chain-smoking woman, whether the alien’s design was brilliant artistry or cheap chupacabra, and how Steven Spielberg beat his own box office record when he made “Jurassic Park.”
Plot Summary: “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” From Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg. Captivating audiences of all ages, this timeless story follows the unforgettable journey of a lost alien and the 10-year-old boy he befriends. Join Elliot (Henry Thomas), Gertie (Drew Barrymore) and Michael (Robert MacNaughton) as they come together to help E.T. find his way back home.
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