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Spielberg’s E.T.


Spielberg’s E.T.

Yes, I mean the little brown and wrinkly dude from the Spielberg film who entranced a generation of kids and scared the living hell out of child me.

In 2011, Hampshire lady Margaret Wells had her home robbed. One of the things the burglars took was a life-size E.T. that her daughter had made as part of a stage makeup course.

Fast forward a few months and a few miles to Portsmouth, and an unassuming beachgoer spotted what they initially thought was a body floating in the surf.

They called the police in a panic to report it, but when they turned up to check it out, they discovered it was none other than Margaret’s E.T.!

“There’s only one in the whole of England, and that is mine,” Margaret said. “I always knew E.T. would come home.

Way to steal my “E.T. goes homepunchline, Margaret.

40 years ago this month saw the release of Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial – a film about a stranded alien, the boy called Elliott who discovers it and a bond of friendship that remains as magical and heartbreaking as it did back in 1982.

We think of Spielberg movies today as thrilling roller-coaster rides, full of sharks, dinosaurs and swashbuckling archaeologists. Yet for me, E.T. remains Spielberg’s most exhilarating work: a deep meditation on loneliness, friendship and growing up in small-town America.

Aided by John Williams’s Oscar-winning score and Henry Thomas and Drew Barrymore’s touching performances, E.T. feels both of its time and for all time. As Spielberg 

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