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Alien (1979)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 22 June 1979 (USA)
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After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform. Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.



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Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A word of warning... See more »


Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sci-fi violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 June 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alien: The Director's Cut  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£208,081 (UK) (31 October 2003)


$78,900,000 (USA)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


| (director's cut) | (The Director's Cut)

Sound Mix:

(70 mm prints)| (as Dolby Stereo)


(Eastman Kodak)|

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dan O'Bannon first encountered H.R. Giger's unique style when the two were briefly working on Alejandro Jodorowsky's ill-fated attempt at making a movie based on Frank Herbert's "Dune." It has since been said that 'Alien' became the movie that 'Jodorowsky's Dune' was supposed to be. See more »


Throughout the film, at numerous points, what is reflected in the crew's helmets doesn't agree with what should be reflected. See more »


[first lines]
Brett: This is the worst shit I've ever seen, man.
Parker: What you say? You got any biscuits over there?
Ripley: Here's some cornbread.
Parker: Cornbread. Yeah.
Lambert: I am cold.
Parker: Still with us, Brett?
Brett: Right.
Kane: Oh, I feel dead.
Parker: Anybody ever tell you you look dead, man?
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Referenced in The Ricky Gervais Show: The Fly (2011) See more »


Incidental music from 'Symphony No. 2 ('Romantic')
by Howard Hanson
[played over end credits]
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My favourite tagline for a movie
22 January 2005 | by (Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA) – See all my reviews

"In space, no one can hear you scream." This remains my favourite tagline ever for a movie. When 'Alien' was released in 1979, it caused almost as much talk as 'Star Wars' did when released two years earlier. The science fiction genre was being revolutionized at this time and 'Alien' had a horror characteristic to it which was psychological, visually striking and compelling with the type of strength in silence not seen since '2001: A Space Odyssey' in 1968. Definitely a big influence in blockbuster film making, 'Alien' has spawned three sequels so far and is a great horror/science-fiction classic not to be missed. It is director Ridley Scott's best effort on the big screen for making fear the best character in the film.

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