"It was nothing like that, penis breath!"
Description: Henry Thomas as youngster Elliott insults his older brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton) in the motion picture E. T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982). Elliot had just found an alien creature in his family’s tool shed. When Elliot reports what he’s seen, Michael mockingly suggests it was an "elf or a leprechaun.” Elliot responds with his now classic “penis breath!” put-down.
Elliot is a lonely 10-year-old boy who discovers an alien one night when he hears a sound in his backyard. Investigating, Elliot opens the family's tool shed and discovers a small creature hiding inside. The creature is an alien from outer space, a botanist who had landed with fellow creatures in a nearby California forest. But when government agents with flashlights burst upon the scene, the alien spacecraft takes off and leaves one their kind to fend for their own on a foreign planet.
Seeking refuge, the alien comes upon a suburban community in the hills and takes shelter for the night inside Elliot's tool shed. Upon first seeing each other, Elliot and the alien scream and both flee from each other. Elliot runs inside to alert his family about the incident.
|Michael:||Maybe it was an iguana.|
|Elliot:||It was NO iguana.|
|Michael:||Maybe, um - You know how they say there are alligators in the sewers?|
|Gertie:||Alligators in the sewers.|
|Mary:||All we're trying to say is, maybe you just probably imagined it. It happened...|
|Elliot:||I couldn't have imagined it!|
|Michael:||Maybe it was a pervert or a deformed kid or something.|
|Gertie:||A deformed kid.|
|Michael:||[mockingly] Maybe an elf or a leprechaun.|
|Elliot:||It was nothing like that, penis-breath!|
|Mary:||[laughs in shock] ELLIOT! Sit down.|
Meanwhile, the alien flees into the woods, but later Elliot uses a trail of Reese's Pieces candy to lure the alien from hiding. Befriending the stranded alien, Elliot smuggles the creature home and hides him in his bedroom. Soon after, Elliot's 15-year-old brother Michael and mischievous 5-year-old sister, Gertie (Drew Barrymore) are in on his secret. They work together to hide the alien from their recently separated mother, Mary (Dee Wallace).
As the alien (dubbed "E.T.") acclimates himself to earth's culture he learns to speak english by watching Sesame Street while Gertie uses E.T. as a model, dressing him in ladies garments, including hat, wig, and shoes.
Soon after, Elliot and E.T. form a mental, physical, and emotional bond. While Elliot is in school, E.T. stumbles upon an alcoholic beverage in the kitchen. When he drinks it, Elliot becomes inebriated. And when E.T. views John Wayne kiss a woman on TV, Elliot who is still under the influence and freeing frogs scheduled for dissection in his biology class, grabs a school girl and plants a big one on her lips.
Rumors spread about the neighborhood among the kids about Elliot's little secret. One kid named Tyler sarcastifcally asks, "Hey, Elliot, where's your goblin?" Elliot explains "He's not a goblin. He's a spaceman." Tyler taunts, "Where is he from, Uranus? Get it? Your anus?" Not amused, Elliot rides away on his bicycle, and exclaims, "You're so immature!"
On Halloween night, Elliot dresses E.T. as a ghost. The two travel to the nearby woods and activate a makeshift communication device (inspired by a "Buck Rogers" comic book) to broadcast a signal into space and let his people know that he is alive and wants to go home. Or as E.T. put is "Phone Home."
While waiting for a rescue spacecraft, Elliot and E.T. fall asleep in the wood. The next morning Elliot wakes and finds E.T. gone. Michael finds the E.T. dying and returns him to the house. Unfortunately, Elliot also grows ill because of the bond that he and E.T. share. As E.T. grows sicker, so does Elliot.
During this time, government agents find E.T. and quarantine Elliot's house. A medical team places the dying body of E.T. in a seal container, while, luckily, the connection between E.T. is broken. Now well, Elliot seeks a way to help his alien buddy when he realizes that E.T. is still alive (his heart-light glowed). E. T. communicates that his people are returning for him and so to rescue E.T. Michael steals the transport van carrying E.T. and then Elliot places E.T. on the front of his bicycle and peddles to the forest so his outer space pal can catch a ride home with an approaching spacecraft.
|Elliot:||He's a man from outer space and we're taking him to his spaceship.|
|Greg:||Well, can't he just beam up?|
|Elliot:||This is REALITY, Greg.|
Of course, the government finds E.T. to valuable a specimen to lose, and they follow Elliot through the streets of his neighborhood as he and his friend flee. When it looks like they are cornered, E.T. summons telekinetic powers and flies Elliot and his friends over the barricade and make it to the rendezvous point where E.T. had transmitted his S.O.S. signal.
When the spacecraft from an other world lands, E.T. says his goodbyes. Gertie gives him a flower and E.T. moves his glowing finger from his heart to Elliot's forehead to assure the boy he will always remember his friend from earth.
As the spacecraft takes off, Elliot's mother, Mary, and "Keys" (Peter Coyote), a government agent watch as the alien ship soars into the stratosphere. Keys has confessed to Elliot that ever since he was 10-years-old, he had wanted to see an alien. And so he did.