"Before E.T., there was Jesus:
The Extra Judastrial.
We give you Jon Voight as Hayley Mills!"
Malcolm Arnold's score is the best thing about that little British novel adaptation. (writer is also Hayley's mother, what a family!)
Key story elements - finding the fugitive in the barn, fascination with a powerful but gentle being etc - must have influenced THE SPIRIT OF THE BEEHIVE. In its own more straightforward way, Forbes' film is just as wonderful. As Pauline Kael observed - what an unsentimental collection of children appear along the way. And never forget - "It isn't Jesus...it's just a fella."