E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (soundtrack)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: Music from the Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by John Williams
Released June 11, 1982
Recorded 1982
Genre Classical
Label MCA
John Williams chronology
Raiders of the Lost Ark
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Return of the Jedi

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial: Music from the Original Soundtrack is an album containing John Williams' score for the 1982 Steven Spielberg film of the same name.


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 in Los Angeles, and thus not using the London Symphony Orchestra.

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

Track listing

No. Title Length
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
5. "Flying"   3:20
6. "E.T. Phone Home"   4:18
7. "Over the Moon"   2:06
8. "Adventure on Earth"   15:06
Total length:


The score was the fourth in history to accomplish the feat of winning the Oscar, 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). To date, a total of only six scores have won all four awards.

Awards Academy Award for Best Original Score
Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score
BAFTA Award for Best Film Music
Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition

For "Flying Theme"

Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement

For "Flying Theme"

Saturn Award for Best Music
Ranked 14th greatest American movie score of all time by AFI

Dvorak's Dumky trio

Many observers have noted that the E.T. theme music sounds extremely similar to a passage near the end of Czech composer Antonin Dvorak's Dumky trio, leading some to accuse Williams of "stealing" the music.[1] However, others have pointed out that it is not an uncommon practice for contemporary composers to borrow from classical music.[2]


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