E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (soundtrack)

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E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: Music from the Original Soundtrack
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Film score by John Williams
Released June 11, 1982
Recorded March–April 1982
Studio MGM Scoring Stage
Genre Classical
Label MCA
John Williams chronology
Raiders of the Lost Ark
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: Music from the Original Soundtrack
Return of the Jedi

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: Music from the Original Soundtrack is the film score to the 1982 film of the same name composed and conducted by John Williams. The score was released by MCA Records on June 11, 1982. It won the Academy Award for Best Original Score and Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media. The album was remastered and reissued by La-La Land Records on September 26, 2017.


The soundtrack for the film has actually been issued numerous times. The original issue was a recording of concert arrangements based on the film's music. Later issues contain the actual soundtrack cues as heard in the film, although most cues are alternates originally recorded for the film, but replaced by new cues.

The score was recorded at the MGM Scoring Stage in Culver City, California.

On the track "The Magic of Halloween," when E.T. sees a child wearing a Yoda costume, Williams includes a reference to "Yoda's Theme", which he had composed for The Empire Strikes Back in 1980.

Track listing[edit]

1."Three Million Light Years from Home"2:57
2."Abandoned and Pursued"2:58
3."E.T. and Me"4:49
4."E.T.'s Halloween"4:07
6."E.T. Phone Home"4:18
7."Over the Moon"2:06
8."Adventure on Earth"15:06
Total length:39:41


The score was the fourth in history to accomplish the feat of winning the Academy Award, Golden Globe, Grammy, and BAFTA. (The previous two, Star Wars and Jaws, were also composed by Williams, who remains the only person to have won all awards for the same score more than once.)[1] To date, a total of only six scores have won all four awards.[1]

Dvořák's Dumky trio[edit]

Many observers have noted that the E.T. theme music sounds extremely similar to a passage near the end of Czech composer Antonín Dvořák's Dumky trio, leading some to accuse Williams of "stealing" the music.[2] However, others have pointed out that it is not an uncommon practice for contemporary composers to borrow from classical music.[3]


  1. ^ a b Lawson 2018, p. 92.
  2. ^ Tucker, Evan (2011-11-27). "Mein Blog: How John Williams Stole the ET Theme". Mein Blog. Retrieved 2016-07-28. 
  3. ^ "Patterico's Pontifications » John Williams, Thief Borrower: The Proof". Retrieved 2016-07-28.