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Alien (1979)

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The commercial vessel Nostromo receives a distress call from an unexplored planet. After searching for survivors, the crew heads home only to realize that a deadly bioform has joined them.



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A commercial crew aboard the deep space towing vessel, Nostromo is on its way home when they pick an SOS warning from a distant planet. What they don't know is that the SOS warning is not like any other ordinary warning call. Picking up the signal, the crew realize that they are not alone on the spaceship when an alien stowaway is on the cargo ship. Written by blazesnakes9

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The Scariest Movie Ever Made. Experience it only on the big screen (USA 2003 re-release) 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:

25 May 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alien: The Director's Cut  »

Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£208,081 (UK) (31 October 2003)


£379,140 (UK) (7 November 2003)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


| (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?


The stylized artwork that Ridley Scott used to create the storyboards that got Fox to double the budget were inspired by the artwork of famed French comic book artist Jean Giraud AKA Moebius. See more »


(at around 2 mins) During the introduction scenes of the Nostromo, the stars in the background are maintained even though the spaceship is shown from different angles. See more »


[first lines]
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Parker: Still with us, Brett?
Brett: Right.
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Parker: Anybody ever tell you you look dead, man?
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Edited into The Making of 'Alien³' (2003) See more »


Incidental music from 'Symphony No. 2 ('Romantic')
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User Reviews

14 August 1998 | by (Quebec, Canada) – See all my reviews

The beginning of one of the greatest series of all time. This film will always remain a classic. It's scary, influential and insanely entertaining. Not just that but Ridley Scott actually has a great sense of style and mood and he plays with that a lot, to make us shiver. There's also an interesting mystery surrounding the Alien which we know practically nothing about. Sigourney Weaver is just as powerful as usual and really brings strength to the film; they make one. Last but not least, the musical score. Wow! It's fantastic. I think the Alien series is known for that aspect as well. Let's hope they'll continue the series and dang we need it all on DVD !

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