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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):
Dan O'Bannon (story) and
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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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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

Did You Know?

Alison Bechdel's column "Dykes to Watch Out For" once proposed a simple test to see if a film treated its female characters as equal members of the cast. The rule has three parts. The film must feature 1: at least two female characters, who 2: have a conversation with each other that 3: isn't about one of the male characters. This criteria came to be known as the Bechdel test. The character in the column says that the last movie she saw that fit these criteria was Alien.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When attempting to remove the facehugger by cutting one of its fingers, acid is bled out getting on the gauze, the surgical instrument and the floor but only melts away the floor.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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308 out of 389 people found the following review useful.
Structural perfection matched only by its hostility, 20 July 1999
Author: David Wilkinson from Brooklyn, NY

Director Ridley Scott's well-honed talents of pacing and editing create a tense atmosphere that superbly conveys dread and fear of an unknown, unseen evil entity. In 1979, the technology didn't exist to generate a computer image of a Being from another world, and thank God, because this film would have sucked just like all these post-Alien creature features do. Everyone who loves this movie knows what I'm talking about. Ridley Scott had to be extremely careful not to show a full shot of the Alien, except in very brief scenes, and not to reveal exactly how it moves, because then we would see that it is just some tall, skinny guy in a rubber suit. Nowadays, some computer guy would whip up a really scary-looking, but nevertheless FAKE-looking (yes, computer guys, we can tell) Alien, and the director would not have to even think about trying to breathe life into H.R. Giger's hallucinations to make a successful picture.

The dark, cold beauty of this film will never be equaled.

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