Even though every Star Wars fan I know hated E.T., it had nothing to do with the movie itself. It was simply that E.T. took over the top spot at the box office from Star Wars. But it really is a touching story and Henry Thomas did an outstanding job at a young age. Even now, I still get chills when E.T. lifts all the kids on their bikes into the air and the John Williams score swells as they take off towards the heavens.