EW’s Annual Reunion Issue With the Cast of ‘Breaking Away,’ ‘E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,’ ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’ and ‘Some Kind of Wonderful’

This year’s EW reunion issue reunited the cast of five classic and beloved movies.

Steven Spielberg’s E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial was one of the 80s biggest blockbusters and had a huge impact on the generation that watched the bittersweet friendship between Elliot and an abandoned alien longing to go home.

Henry Thomas was 10-years-old when he portrayed ET’s human friend, Elliot.  Drew Barrymore played Elliot’s younger sister Gertie was only 6-years-old at the time.  The stars of the movie are now parents themselves.  Both Barrymore and Thomas reunited with director Steven Spielberg to talk about their memorable time making the movie and introducing the classic movie to their own children.

Drew Barrymore recounts how she still feels like the movie was just made and not made over 30 years ago.

”I have a really profound memory of everything. E.T. feels like it was a couple years ago. It seems in some ways a lifetime ago, but not in the memory department…. I loved taking care of E.T. I loved how much I felt nurtured and safe with these gentlemen. It was a really perfect environment, and I was just happy every day.”
Encore network is currently showing E.T.

Some Kind of Wonderful was the underrated film in the canon of John Hughes’ hits like The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty and Pink, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The film was intended to be much darker than the final version about Keith Nelson (Eric Stoltz), a quiet artist from the wrong side of the tracks in love with the beautiful popular girl in high school before realizing his true love was right in front of him all the time in the form of his tom-boy best friend, Watts (Mary Stuart Masterson).

Stars Eric Stoltz and Mary Stuart Masterson hadn’t seen each other in seven years.  They were both happy to get together and talk about the experience of making Some Kind of Wonderful, now celebrating its 25th anniversary.  The stars talked about working with the late director who was the voice of a generation.

Stoltz: He was a curious fellow, wasn’t he?

Masterson: Very curious.  He was this interesting mixture of childlike wonder and intelligence and almost unreachable solemnity.

The original cast of National Lampoon’s Vacation reunited to reminisce about the movie that centered on the family road from hell to Walley World. The comedy took family gatherings to a whole new level.  The original Griswolds included Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Dana Barren and Anthony Michael Hall.  Noticeably absent was Cousin Eddie played by Randy Quaid.  The troubled actor fled to Canada with his wife in order to avoid felony burglary charges associated with their illegal squatting.

The subsequent sequels cast different actors to play the kids.  It’s the original family that bonded after all those hours together in the green station wagon and still keeps in touch through swim party invites and Christmas cards.

The original cast will be in an upcoming Old Navy commercial.  Beverly D’Angelo and Chevy Chase hope to reprise their characters one day.

“We have this standing thing, like ‘We gotta go into Warner Bros. and pitch another movie!’  ’Yeah, let’s do it!’  And then we’ll go-‘Who’s the head of Warner Bros. now?’ ‘I don’t know.  What are you doing on Saturday?’ And then it goes away.”

Starz network is currently showing National Lampoon’s Vacation.

Thirty years ago, Breaking Away was a small film that became an unexpected hit and earned five Academy Award nominations.  The coming-of-age film about a teenage Midwestern misfit who dreams of becoming a world cycling champion.  The original cutters: Dennis Quaid, Dennis Christopher, Daniel Stern and Jackie Earle Haley happily reunited three decades later to talk about the beloved movie.

“The camaraderie was right back in place,” says Dennis Christopher.  ”We’re all aware of how people love this movie and hold it in their hearts.  But what was nice for us was remembering the love we had for each other.”

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