This compelling children's film predates Spielberg's E.T. by five years. Essentially, the story is the same: a little alien named Glitterball is abandoned on Earth, and two kids (Buckton and Jayne) help it get home. In the finale, the alien's mother ship comes to the rescue. THE
GLITTERBALL has some commendable special effects, and it's short enough to hold the little ones' attention.