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‘E.T.’ lands for 35th-anniversary showings at Long Island theaters

Henry Thomas gives a bike ride to the

Henry Thomas gives a bike ride to the title character in "E.T. the Extra Terrestrial." Credit: Universal Pictures

Who says you can’t go home again?

The lovable earthbound alien E.T. will attempt to make the trip back to his own planet — with the help of a quick phone call — when Steven Spielberg’s 1982 blockbuster, “E.T. the Extraterrestrial,” returns for a 35th-anniversary screening Sept. 17 and 20. The movie, which stars Henry Thomas and 7-year-old Drew Barrymore, is part of Fathom Events’ TCM Big Screen Classics series and will be shown at 2 and 7 p.m. both days at Westbury 12, Farmingdale Multiplex Cinemas, Stony Brook 17, Hamptons Bay 5 and Island 16 Cinema De Lux in Holtsville. (Go to for ticket info.)

Leading into the movie will be a filmed introduction by Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. With its messages about the importance of home and friendship, “E.T.” has become as much of a family classic as “The Wizard of Oz,” and even earned Spielberg the United Nations’ Peace Medal.

“E.T.,” which ranks as the 15th-highest-grossing film of all time with a domestic take of $435.1 million, also was a sweet success for the Hershey Company. The placement of Reese’s Pieces in the film boosted sales by roughly 300 percent. Theaters showing the revival might be wise to stock up on E.T.’s favorite snack at the concession stand.

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