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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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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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Classic horror See more (1031 total) »

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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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:
As a child, Veronica Cartwright had appeared in The Birds (1963), opposite Doodles Weaver, who was Sigourney Weaver's uncle.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The computer console refers to an "OVERIDE" instead of an "override".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:
Referenced in Scream: The Inside Story (2011) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Eine kleine Nachtmusik'See more »

FAQ

What else was planned but not shot?
Did the Alien rape Lambert?
Where is the scene showing Brett and Dallas being turned into eggs?
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191 out of 228 people found the following review useful.
Classic horror, 16 October 2001
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

The further we go in special effects, the more movies show us and ignore the unseen, the more people will return to dark horrors like this one.

It's hard to look at this film without considering the sequels and knowing the alien itself, however when made the alien was mostly unseen and a mystery. It's difficult to forget what you've seen, but it's important to approach this film first if possible rather than joining the series late.

It's amazing that this is over 20 years old - apart from the actors looking so young, the film doesn't feel dated at all. The sci-fi visions here are still bleak and futuristic as they were then - this is not the Star Trek vision of the future. The foreboding exists long before John Hurt spills his secret, Scott's direction is excellent throughout. Once the alien is "born" the tension is cranked up and the characters dispatched one by one (a formula we know oh-so well now!)

However here the characters are not merely alien-food but have some dimension to them. Weaver is excellent, while the support cast is full of great support actors (Stanton, Kotto, Hurt, Skerritt, Holm), but of course the real star is the one we see least of.

We barely see the alien in full detail, most of the time it is set in shadows, moving with deadly intent.The alien here is not simply a killing machine as seen in later films but is cruel with it. Witness the alien trap a female crew member and slowly rub up her leg, moving with slow seductive movements before moving with terrifying speed to kill another crew member sneaking up behind it. The slow movements betray the alien's pure cruelty.

The film is a study in terror. It may not be as action packed as the other films in the series but it brings the claustrophobia of being hunted to a new level.

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