‘E.T.’ returns to select theaters for its 40th anniversary

'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial'Photo credit: Universal Pictures

Forty years after Steven Spielberg’s "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" captured hearts around the world, the iconic film is returning to the big screen.

On August 12, the digitally remastered film will be released in select IMAX theaters.

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"Steven Spielberg redefined modern cinema and ushered in a new era of bold, swing-for-the-fences filmmaking, and the IMAX Experience has expanded around the world because of the trail blazed by films like E.T.," Megan Colligan, president of IMAX Entertainment, said in a news release.

Released in the summer of 1982, "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" tells the story of a child alien (E.T.) accidentally left behind on Earth by his parents, and the friendship he forms with 10-year-old Elliot, played by Henry Thomas. The film also stars Drew Barrymore and Robert MacNaughton.

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It was the highest grossing film of the year in 1982, winning four Academy Awards and nine Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. E.T. surpassed "Star Wars" to become the highest grossing movie in history until "Jurassic Park" took the title a decade later.

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Universal Pictures is also celebrating the 47th anniversary of the hit movie "Jaws" with an IMAX and RealD 3D release on Sept. 2. 

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