Star Wars References That Director Spielberg Put in E.T.

Back in the 1980s, Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was one of the most entertaining, heartfelt, and scary movies a kid could possibly watch. In the absence of being allowed to watch the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Poltergeist, and A Nightmare on Elm Street, sci-fi offerings like E.T., which had the odd scary moment in them, were the closest things 80s kids could get to watching horror.

The scene in E.T. in which the eponymous alien is chased by the “bad people” and ends up at Eliott Taylor's house was pretty thrilling and frightening for a young child.

But a youngster being scared senseless may well have missed the Star Wars references in the movie – especially if they hadn't seen Star Wars at that time.

So, if you're one of those poor unfortunate souls who was too scared to notice those wonderful Easter eggs (or, you know, if you just haven't seen the movie for whatever reason), here are the Star Wars references that the brilliant Steven Spielberg put into E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial:
  • When Elliott shows E.T. his action figures, three of them are Star Wars figures. The figures in question are Greedo, Boba Fett, and Lando Calrissian.
  • At one point, Eliott's older brother Micheal imitates Yoda while making fun of Elliott.
  • When Mary Taylor, Elliott's mother, sees the mess in Elliott's room, she says, “this is no room, it's an accident,” which is a reference to Obi-Wan Kenobi's famous line from A New Hope, that's no moon, it's a space station.” 
  • A child in a Yoda costume can be seen during the Halloween walk scene. E.T. starts walking towards him exclaiming, “Home.”
  • Iconic composer John Williams who wrote the music for Star Wars also did so for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and, in the above scene, you can hear a brief moment of Yoda's theme, which he wrote for The Empire Strikes Back movie which saw Yoda's introduction to the Star Wars universe.
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Image Courtesy of Lucasfilm

Rather famously, George Lucas noted the references and returned the favor in The Phantom Menace by sneaking in some characters who looked exactly like E.T. during a great scene at the Galactic Senate (see the picture above).

Star Wars is also referenced in a huge number of other movies, including the Indiana Jones franchise, the Harry Potter franchise, the Men in Black franchise, the Scream franchise, the Star Trek franchise, the Toy Story franchise, the Beverly Hills Cop franchise, Step Brothers, Happy Gilmore, South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut, Team America: World Police, Deadpool and the X-Men franchise, Revenge of the Nerds: Nerds in Paradise, Back to the Future, The Spongebob Squarepants Movie, The Lego Movie, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Wreck-it-Ralph, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Epic Movie, Tomorrowland, Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, Mallrats, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Spaceballs, Frozen, Superbad. Ready Player One, and a number of movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – but that's a topic for another article.
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