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Jun 7, 2014

Star Wars references that director Spielberg put into E.T.

Yoda in the film E.T.
Yoda as seen through the eye of E.T's Halloween costume

Star Wars references that director Spielberg put into E.T.


When I was a kid, Steven Spielberg's E.T. was one of the most scariest films I ever saw at the theatre.

That scene when E.T. is chased by the 'bad people' and ends up at Eliot's house was pretty thrilling and frighting for a young lad.

But a young lad who is being frighted may well have missed the Star Wars references in the movie - particularly as he hadn't probably seen Star Wars at that time.   

But to see you the hassle, there's the Star Wars references that Steven Spielberg put into E.T.
  • When Elliot shows E.T. his action figures, three of them are Star Wars figures; Greedo, Boba Fett, and Lando Calrissian.
  • At one point Eliot's older brother Micheal imitates Yoda while making fun of Elliot. 
  • When the mother sees the mess in Elliot's room, she says, "this is no room, it's an accident," which is a reference to Obi Wan Kenobi's line from A New Hope, "that's no moon, it's a space station.
  • A child in a Yoda costume is spied during Halloween walk scene. E.T. starts walking towards him exclaiming, "Home". Composer John Williams wrote the music for E.T. and in this scene we hear a brief moment of Yoda's theme, which he wrote for The Empire Strikes Back film where Yoda was introduced to the Star Wars universe.
George Lucas noted the references and returned the favour in The Phantom Menace, by sneaking in some E.T. like characters.

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