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Alien -- A mining ship, investigating a suspected SOS, lands on a distant planet. The crew discovers some strange creatures and investigates.
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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Dan O'Bannon (story) and
Ronald Shusett (story) ...
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Release Date:
22 June 1979 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
In space no one can hear you scream. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 14 wins & 18 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Ridley Scott 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Dan O'Bannon (story) and
Ronald Shusett (story)

Dan O'Bannon (screenplay)

Produced by
Gordon Carroll .... producer
David Giler .... producer
Walter Hill .... producer
Ivor Powell .... associate producer
Ronald Shusett .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
 
Cinematography by
Derek Vanlint (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
David Crowther (director's cut)
Terry Rawlings 
Peter Weatherley 
 
Production Design by
Michael Seymour 
 
Art Direction by
Roger Christian 
Leslie Dilley  (as Les Dilley)
 
Set Decoration by
Ian Whittaker 
 
Costume Design by
John Mollo 
 
Makeup Department
Pat Hay .... makeup artist
Tommie Manderson .... makeup supervisor (as Tommy Manderson)
Sarah Monzani .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Garth Thomas .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Raymond Becket .... assistant director
Steve Harding .... assistant director
Paul Ibbetson .... first assistant director
Bob Jordan .... trainee assistant director
 
Art Department
Jonathan Amberston .... assistant art director
Eddie Butler .... modeller
Ron Cobb .... concept artist
John Davey .... head painter
Shirley Denny .... modeller
Benjamín Fernández .... assistant art director (as Benjamin Fernandez)
Chris Foss .... concept artist
Jean Giraud .... concept artist (as Jean 'Moëbius' Giraud)
George Gunning .... head carpenter
Dave Jordan .... property master
Dan O'Bannon .... visual design consultant
Jill Quertier .... production buyer
Patti Rodgers .... modeller
Bert Rodwell .... head plasterer
Peter Voysey .... supervising modeller
Bill Welch .... construction manager
José María Alarcón .... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Gari Bacon .... props (uncredited)
John Chisholm .... prop man (uncredited)
Paul James .... plasterer (uncredited)
Brian Muir .... sculptor (uncredited)
Stuart Rose .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Keith Short .... sculptor (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Max Bell .... sound consultant: Dolby
Andy King .... sound re-recording mixer: director's cut (as Andrew I. King)
Derrick Leather .... production sound mixer
Ray Merrin .... re-recording assistant mixer
Bill Rowe .... re-recording mixer
Jim Shields .... sound editor
Bryan Tilling .... dialogue editor
 
Special Effects by
Nick Allder .... special effects supervisor
Alan Bryce .... floor effects supervisor (as Allan Bryce)
Clinton Cavers .... coordinator: 'Alien' effects
Carlo De Marchis .... additional 'Alien' mechanics (as Carlo DeMarchis)
Roger Dicken .... maker: small 'Alien' forms
Guy Hudson .... special effects technician
Brian Johnson .... special effects supervisor
Phil Knowles .... special effects technician
Dennis Lowe .... special effects technician
Roger Nichols .... special effects technician
Carlo Rambaldi .... creator: 'Alien' head effects
Neil Swan .... special effects technician
David H. Watkins .... special effects technician (as David Watkins)
David Watling .... additional 'Alien' mechanics (as Dr. David Watling)
Anton Furst .... special effects (uncredited)
Bob Keen .... modeller (uncredited)
Philip Sharpe .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Christian Wolf-La'Moy .... model maker (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Dennis Ayling .... director of photography: miniature effects (as Denys Ayling)
Martin Bower .... supervising model maker: miniature effects
Ray Caple .... matte artist
Dick Hewitt .... electronics and video coordinator: main unit
David Litchfield .... operator: miniature effects
Bernard Lodge .... special graphic effects
Terry Pearce .... focus: miniature effects
Bill Pearson .... supervising model maker: miniature effects
Peter Woods .... key grip: miniature effects
Alan Buchan .... visual effects (uncredited)
Rick Cortes .... Inferno artist (2003 director's cut re-release) (uncredited)
Jon Sorensen .... visual effects miniatures (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Eddie Powell .... stunts
Roy Scammell .... stunt coordinator
Clive Curtis .... stunts (uncredited)
Monty Jordan .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Adrian Biddle .... camera focus: main unit
Colin Davidson .... camera focus: main unit
Ray Evans .... lighting gaffer: main unit
Bob Penn .... still photographer
Jimmy Walters .... key grip: main unit
Wick Finch .... electrician (uncredited)
David Johnson .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Chris Williams .... effects cameraman (uncredited)
Micky Wilson .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Mary Goldberg .... casting: USA
Mary Selway .... casting: UK
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tiny Nicholls .... wardrobe supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Peter Baldock .... assistant film editor
Peter Culverwell .... assistant film editor
Les Healey .... first assistant editor
Maureen Lyndon .... assistant film editor
Bridget Reiss .... assistant film editor
Brian Q. Kelley .... editor: additional material for special edition (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robert Hathaway .... music editor (as Bob Hathaway)
Lionel Newman .... conductor
Percy Edwards .... alien vocalizator (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Stanley Bielecki .... advertising and publicity consultant
Lori Covel .... assistant to producers
Valerie Craig .... production assistant
Brian Doyle .... unit publicist
Kay Fenton .... continuity
Bill Finch .... production accountant
H.R. Giger .... 'Alien' design
Mark Haggard .... production executive
Alice Harmon .... assistant to producers
Charles Lippincott .... advertising and publicity consultant
Sandy Molloy .... assistant to director
Saul Bass .... title designer (uncredited)
Robert H. Lemer .... associate to producer (uncredited)
Jake Scott .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alien: The Director's Cut" - USA (director's cut)
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MPAA:
Rated R for sci-fi violence/gore and language
Runtime:
117 min | 116 min (director's cut)
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (as Dolby Stereo)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia) (director's cut) (2003) | Canada:18A (Manitoba) (director's cut) (2003) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (director's cut) (2003) | Canada:PG (Ontario) (director's cut) (2003) | Chile:14 | Czech Republic:18 | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-18 (director's cut) (DVD rating) | France:-12 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | India:A | Ireland:18 | Israel:16 | Italy:T | Japan:PG-12 | Japan:G (2010) | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:16 (1979) | New Zealand:R16 (original rating) | New Zealand:M (re-release) | Norway:18 | Norway:16 (original rating) | Norway:15 (director's cut) (2003) | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 (DVD rating) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:18 (original rating) | South Korea:15 (re-rating) (2003) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:18 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (2010) | UK:18 (video rating: DVD audio commentary) (2003) | UK:15 (video re-rating) (director's cut) (2003) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) (1991) | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) | USA:R (certificate #25541) | West Germany:16 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
In a preview of the bonus feature menus for the "Alien Legacy" box set posted to USENET, the bio for Dallas had him as being born female and Lambert as being born male, suggesting gender reassignment before the events in the film. Fan reaction prompted this to be changed before production of the DVDs.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The computer readout says to "insure" the safe return of the organism rather than to "ensure" it.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Shrek 2 (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Eine kleine Nachtmusik'See more »

FAQ

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139 out of 164 people found the following review useful.
Iconographic Horror, 23 April 2005
Author: gftbiloxi (gftbiloxi@yahoo.com) from Biloxi, Mississippi

ALIEN received mixed reviews when it debuted in 1979--largely from science fiction critics, who accused it of being little more than a sort of Friday the 13th in Outer Space, a blood-and-gore horror flick given a futuristic twist via special effects. But while these accusations have more than a little truth, it has been an incredibly influential film--and even today, in the wake of CGI effects, it still holds up extremely, extremely well.

The story is well known: the crew of an interstellar craft responds to what seems a distress signal, only to encounter a remarkably lethal alien life form that boards their ship and sets about picking them off one by one. Some of the special effects are weak (the alien spacecraft and the android "revival" are fairly notorious). There is little in the way of character development, the film has a fairly slow pace, and the story itself is predictable; you can usually guess who is going to die next.

BUT. The art designs are incredible: the entire look of the film, from the commercial nature of the spacecraft to the iconographic alien itself (brilliantly envisioned by Giger) is right on the money. Director Ridley Scott encouraged his cast to ad lib from the script, and the result is a shocking sense of realism--and the somewhat slow pace of the film and the predictability of the story gives it a sense of relentless and ever-mounting paranoia that is greatly enhanced by the tight sets and camera set-ups. With its odd mixture of womb-like organics and cold mechanics, ALIEN is a film calculated to send even the most slightly claustrophobic viewer into a fit of hysteria.

The entire cast, led by Tom Skerrit and Sigorney Weaver, is very, very good--and the film abounds with memorable images and scenes ranging from John Hurt's encounter with the alien egg to Skerrit's search of the ship air ducts to Weaver's terrifying race against time as the ship counts down to self-destruct. Seldom has any film been so consistent in design, cast, direction, and out-and-out fear factor, and although certain aspects of ALIEN are open to legitimate criticism the end result is powerful enough to bring it in at a full five stars. A word of warning, however: you'll need to send the kids to bed for this one. And you'll probably be up half the night afterward yourself! Recommended.

Gary F. Taylor, aka GFT, Amazon Reviewer

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