Friday Final scene time.
The final farewell from Steven Spielberg’s beloved ET is one of the most powerful scenes in film history.
I bet you my magic glowing finger you'd be hard pushed to find a better one.
E.T. lifts his finger to his lips and says "ouch."
[Of course, this indicates the pain he feels in their separation.]
Elliott tearfully lifts his finger to his lips and says "ouch."
[The symmetry of his movements indicate that in some sense, they still are
E.T. and Elliott hug each other as the are visually surrounded by blue and
white lights. Then Elliott and Mary exchange glances as Mike and Gertie
stand by and watch. E.T. lifts his finger to Elliott's forehead. It lights
up, then he says: "I'll be right here."
[The resolution of the dilemma. Though E.T. leaves, he will still remain,
perhaps telepathically, or perhaps only within Elliott's thoughts.]
"Bye," says Elliott..
E.T. picks up the potted plant and carries it up the gangplank. Elliott
watches from below as Harvey starts up the plank, then returns to Elliott's
[E.T. leaves with what he really came for, a sample of the earth's
vegetative life form. But now he has much more in the flowers that will
serve as a memorial of all that he has experienced with his new friends.]
The gangplank lifts up and separates E.T. from Elliott. The ships circular
entrance closes. The spaceship lifts off. Elliott watches it float up into
the sky. It then speeds away, leaving an orange-blue rainbow behind against
the blue-morning sky.
[Orange and blue were also the colors of E.T.'s makeshift communication
device as found by Mike in the forest.]
Mary watches and laughs with happiness. The other boys also watch, as Mike
holds Gertie in his arms. The film ends with a shot of Elliott gazing up
into the sky.