Thomas himself told me recently that only now, at 41 with three kids of his own, can he finally appreciate the film's enduring nature.
Phoning home again: `E.T.' 30 years later →
I recall experiencing an aching sense of longing when 10-year-old Elliott (Henry Thomas) says goodbye to the best friend he'd ever had _ this impish, inquisitive alien from far away _ knowing he'd never see him again.
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