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Alien -- On their voyage home, the crew of the deepspace tug Nostromo investigate an alien distress signal, inadvertently picking up and bringing aboard an extraterrestrial life form with violent and lethal survival instincts.
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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Writers (WGA):
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Release Date:
22 June 1979 (USA) See more »
In space no one can hear you scream. See more »
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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Ridley Scott 
Writing credits
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
H.R. Giger .... 'Alien' design
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)
Terry Glass .... 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)
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
Mark Haggard .... production executive
Alice Harmon .... assistant to producers
Charles Lippincott .... advertising and publicity consultant
Sandy Molloy .... assistant to director
Tyler Atkinson .... digital distribution (uncredited)
Saul Bass .... title designer (uncredited)
Percy Edwards .... alien voices (voice) (uncredited)
Robert H. Lemer .... associate to producer (uncredited)
Jake Scott .... stand-in (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alien: The Director's Cut" - USA (director's cut)
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Rated R for sci-fi violence/gore and language
117 min | 116 min (director's cut)
Color (Eastman Kodak) | Color
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (as Dolby Stereo)
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) | Czech Republic:18 | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) (director's cut) | Finland:K-16/13 (2012 reform re-rating) (theatrical version) | Finland:K-18 (director's cut) (2001 reform rating) | France:12 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | India:A | Ireland:18 (director's cut w/bonus material) (2003) | Ireland:15 (theatrical cut) (1997) | 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:15 (re-rating) (2003) | South Korea:18 (original rating) (1987) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 | USA:TV-14 (TV rating) | USA:R (certificate #25541) | West Germany:16

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The chestbursting scene was filmed in one take with four cameras.See more »
Continuity: (at around 52 mins) During the conversation about Brett being a parrot, the length of his cigarette constantly changes.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?
Kane:Oh, I feel dead.
Parker:Anybody ever tell you you look dead, man?
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568 out of 697 people found the following review useful.
The mother of all movies, 31 January 2005
Author: Patuquitos from Spain

Back in early 20th century, Lumière brothers didn't have a clue of what they were playing with. I'm freaking sure that if somebody could have magically told them that thanks to their work, a movie like 'Alien' would have been made in the future, they both would have died of a sudden, shocked by the consequences of their labor, like an honest scientist would if he was shown an evil use of his research. In that sense, but in the best way imaginable, 'Alien' is the atomic bomb.

In my opinion, 'Alien' is the only perfect movie in the history of cinema. Of course, this could be debatable, but of all the films I've watched since I was born, this is the only one in which I haven't been able to find the slightest flaw. It gets a golden ten out of ten. Bright, solid and massive.

I could go on with a panegyric, but I'll try to be short and accurate:

The direction is just perfect. Every shot is marvellous, every movement of the camera is breathtaking. There is absolutely nothing you could add or subtract. Touch it, and you spoil it. Seriously.

The acting is splendid. The performances build a credible world centuries away. I don't know about you, but this take on the future was unveliabably acceptable. Sigourney Weaver is more than a revelation, John Hurt is a master, and the rest are nothing short of marvellous.

The script is a work of art, the story is mesmerizing, well-constructed, well-developed, and free of absurd twists. Its simplicity and efectiveness are yet, 25 years after, to be matched.

The atmosphere is pure genius. Gothic, claustrophobic and sometimes baroque. The use of light and dark is beyond description, the use of sound is as creepy as it gets.

The FX are the best possible for 1979. In the time of the release, some scenes were stomach churning.

The score. Jerry Goldsmith's work matches the images so perfectly it seems to bleed from them. It is and will be the best soundtrack for a sci-fi flick in space ever.

The tagline. "In space, no one can hear you scream". THIS is a tagline.

And, of course... the alien. The only alive creature that can steal Weaver the movie. Its design is the most innovative I've seen. It has spawned dozens of disgraceful imitations. This is the real deal. Not only the look, but the complete design of a life form, including biological features. Acid instead of blood. Jaws inside jaws. What more could you possibly want? This is how a movie is done.

A very good sign of a movie that has gone down in history is the amount of collectively well remembered scenes. Well, 'Alien' has so many that I won't go into it. This movie contains so many iconic scenes that has become an icon itself.

So, what else? I urge all young directors to watch this movie a zillion times, as I've already done, and take notes all along. But not in order to rip off from it, as many others have done, but to learn, learn, learn, learn and learn how a movie should be done. 'Casablanca'? You must be joking.

Oh, I almost forget! There's a lovable cat in it.


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