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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 »
User Reviews:
"Alien" is not just the monster, it's the atmosphere and the way you feel! See more (1032 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)
 
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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MPAA:
Rated R for sci-fi violence/gore and language
Runtime:
117 min | 116 min (director's cut)
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Language:
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: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)

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Trivia:
The screen test that bagged Sigourney Weaver the role of Ripley was her speech from her final scene.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the "chestburster" scene, Parker is holding Kane's arm when he is convulsing. However, after the alien arrives and Parker has clearly backed away with arms in the air, you can still see Parker holding Kane's arm.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:
Soundtrack:
Eine kleine Nachtmusik'See more »

FAQ

Did the Alien rape Lambert?
Is "Alien" based on a book?
Why was it raining in the cargo bay?
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228 out of 254 people found the following review useful.
"Alien" is not just the monster, it's the atmosphere and the way you feel!, 6 February 2005
Author: chrishn from Denmark

In "Alien" we follow a seven man crew en-route to earth on board the huge space freighter "Nostromo". The crew is in cryosleep, but the on board computer interrupts the journey when a foreign radio signal is picked up. It originates from an uninhabited planet and the crew lands to investigate. There they make contact with an alien life-form...

What makes Alien so great is the constant feel of uneasiness. Right from the beginning you have a feeling that something is wrong. The crew is not particularly friendly towards each other, and you truly feel all the in-group tension. The ship itself is a huge worn out industrial-style maze of halls and corridors, and it feels more like a prison than a place to live. It is as if not only the alien but also the ship itself is against the humans. The Alien itself is the scariest monster in history because it is a ruthless, soul-less parasite completely devoid of any human or civilized traits. The design of the monster is a stroke of genius. Sure it has a humanoid form, but it has no facial traits or anything else which could give away emotions or intentions. Its actions reveals no weaknesses nor civilized intelligence. The Alien is more or less the opposite of everything human and civilized, plus the creature is more well-adapted to the inhumane interior of the ship than the humans who build it. To sum up, you then have a setting where the humans are caught in a web of in-group tensions, an inhospitable ship and the perfect killer which thrives in the ships intestines. You almost get the feel that the humans are the ones who are alienated to each other and to their own ship.

Ridley Scott tells the story with a perfectly synchronized blend of visuals and sounds.

The actors do a superb job, portraying their characters in a subtle but very realistic way. The seven man crew is not a bunch of Hollywood heroes. They are ordinary people with strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes. In this way they all seem so fragile when confronted with the enemy.

As mentioned the ship is very claustrophobic and Ridley Scott adds to the eeriness by using camera movement, lights and shadows in an effective way. The living quarters are bright and should be comfortable to the crew, but there is something sterile about it all. The rest of the ship is basically a huge basement.

The music by Jerry Goldsmith underlines the eeriness so well, and the movie wouldn't have worked without his score. Combined with the sounds of the ship it all adds to the uneasiness.

This is not a story about heroic people who boldly teams up against evil. It's a story about ordinary people facing true fear, which is the fear without a face. The fear we can't understand and can't negotiate with, because its only goal is to survive on the expense of us. It's a story where some people bravely fight back whilst others are destroyed by the terror. It's a story where people a killed in a completely random way. There is no higher-order justice behind who gets to live and who dies. All seven characters are just part of a race where the fittest - not necessarily the most righteous - will prevail, and all seven characters start the race on an equal footing. None of them are true heroes, and none of them are true villains.

All the above makes Alien so great as a horror movie. The terror isn't just the Alien itself, it's the entire atmosphere which gets so effectively under your skin, that you just can't shrug it off after the end credits like you can with so many other Hollywood horror movies. The title "Alien" doesn't just refer to the monster, it is the theme of the movie and it is the feeling you have during and after the movie. 9/10

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