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Director:
Writers:
James Cameron (story) and
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Release Date:
18 July 1986 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
This time there's more. See more »
Plot:
The planet from Alien (1979) has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 21 nominations See more »
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James Cameron and Bill Paxton at their finest See more (1021 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
James Cameron 
 
Writing credits
James Cameron (story) and
David Giler (story) &
Walter Hill (story)

Dan O'Bannon (characters) and
Ronald Shusett (characters)

James Cameron (screenplay)

Produced by
Gordon Carroll .... executive producer
David Giler .... executive producer
Walter Hill .... executive producer
Gale Anne Hurd .... producer
 
Original Music by
James Horner 
 
Cinematography by
Adrian Biddle (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ray Lovejoy 
 
Production Design by
Peter Lamont 
 
Art Direction by
Terry Ackland-Snow (supervising art director) (as Terence Ackland-Snow)
Ken Court 
Bert Davey 
Fred Hole 
Michael Lamont 
 
Set Decoration by
Crispian Sallis 
 
Costume Design by
Emma Porteous 
 
Makeup Department
Elaine Bowerbank .... chief hair stylist
Peter Robb-King .... makeup supervisor
Everett Burrell .... special makeup effects (uncredited)
Tony Gardner .... Stan Winston's creature effects crew (uncredited)
Melissa Street .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Mo Coppitters .... unit production manager
Hugh Harlow .... production supervisor
Gil Whelan .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Derek Cracknell .... first assistant director
Melvin Lind .... second assistant director
Stan Winston .... second unit director
Julian Wall .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ron Cobb .... conceptual designer
Bert Hearn .... property master
Syd Mead .... conceptual artist
Sid Palmer .... production buyer (as Sidney Palmer)
Vic Simpson .... construction manager
Janice Body .... graphics artist (uncredited)
Michael Boone .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Mick Chubbock .... plasterer (uncredited)
Tony Gardner .... artistic supervisor: miniature effects unit (uncredited)
Mark Harris .... technical set dresser (uncredited)
Paul James .... supervising plasterer (uncredited)
Simon Lamont .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Maciek Piotrowski .... sketch artist (uncredited)
Tony Rimmington .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Colin Thurston .... prop storeman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Michael A. Carter .... dubbing mixer
Roy Charman .... sound recordist
Dev Goodman .... sound editor
Graham V. Hartstone .... chief dubbing mixer
Peter Horrocks .... sound editor
Jack T. Knight .... sound editor (as Jack Knight)
Nicolas Le Messurier .... dubbing mixer
Archie Ludski .... dialogue editor
Alan Paley .... sound editor
Rocky Phelan .... foley editor
Don Sharpe .... supervising sound editor
Chris Blunden .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Scott Brose .... sound editor (uncredited)
Deveril Goodman .... sound editor (uncredited)
Jeffrey Perkins .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Otto Snel .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Norman Baillie .... workshop supervisor
Nigel Booth .... creature effects crew
Ron Burton .... senior special effects technician
Trevor Butterfield .... creature effects crew
Julian Caldow .... creature effects crew
Ron Cartwright .... senior special effects technician
Philomena Davis .... creature effects crew
Michael Dunleavy .... senior special effects technician
Greg Figiel .... creature effects crew (as Gregory Figiel)
Nick Finlayson .... senior special effects technician
Alec Gillis .... creature effects coordinator
Matthew Harlow .... special effects technician
Graham High .... creature effects crew
Dave Keen .... creature effects crew (as David Keen)
Richard J. Landon .... creature effects coordinator (as Richard Landon)
Rick Lazzarini .... creature effects crew
Ray Lovell .... creature effects crew
Lindsay MacGowan .... creature effects crew (as Lindsay McGowan)
Shane Mahan .... creature effects coordinator
John Morris .... senior special effects technician
Stephen Norrington .... creature effects crew
Christine Overs .... creature effects crew
Peter Pickering .... senior special effects technician
John Richardson .... special effects supervisor
John Robertson .... creature effects crew
Ian Rolph .... creature effects crew
Matt Rose .... creature effects crew
John Rosengrant .... creature effects coordinator
Bill Sturgeon .... creature effects crew
Willie Whitten .... creature effects crew
Paul Whybrow .... senior special effects technician
Joss Williams .... senior special effects technician
Mark Williams .... creature effects crew
Stan Winston .... alien effects creator
Tom Woodruff Jr. .... creature effects coordinator
Howard Berger .... sculptor (uncredited)
Michael Burnett .... miniature effects unit (uncredited)
Dave Chagouri .... special effects (uncredited)
Simon Cockren .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Edward J. Franklin .... special effects crew (uncredited)
Simon Hewitt .... video effects technician (uncredited)
Steven James .... creature effects crew (uncredited)
Julian Parry .... effects crew: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Tim Turner .... miniature effects assistant (uncredited)
Andy Williams .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Steven Woodcock .... model maker (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Michael Anderson .... camera operator: visual effects unit
Jonathan Angell .... senior special effects technician: visual effects unit
Doug Beswick .... mechanical armature design: visual effects unit
John Brown .... senior special effects technician: visual effects unit
Leslie Dear .... camera operator: visual effects unit
Paul Frift .... assistant director: visual effects unit
Robert Gavin .... special effects editor: visual effects unit
Richard Hewitt .... video effects supervisor
Brian Johnson .... visual effects supervisor: post production
Christopher Knowles .... assistant director: visual effects unit (as Chris Knowles)
David Litchfield .... camera operator: visual effects unit
Pat McClung .... miniatures technical supervisor: visual effects unit
Digby Milner .... senior special effects technician: visual effects unit
Roy Moores .... process photographer: visual effects unit
Phil Notaro .... mechanical armature design: visual effects unit
Harry Oakes .... camera operator: visual effects unit
Peter Russell .... art director: visual effects unit
Barry Saunders .... construction manager: visual effects unit
Dennis Skotak .... visual effects supervisor
Robert Skotak .... visual effects supervisor
Brian Smithies .... miniature floor effects supervisor: visual effects unit
Sarah Spooner .... production secretary: visual effects unit
Charles Staffell .... process photographer: visual effects unit
Paul Tivers .... unit production manager: visual effects unit
Wally Wheeler .... gaffer: visual effects unit
Tony White .... titles and video graphics design: visual effects unit
Larry Arpin .... visual effects (uncredited)
Steven Begg .... model effects (uncredited)
Suzanne M. Benson .... visual effects (uncredited)
Martin Body .... rotoscope artist (uncredited)
Zoe Cain .... visual effects trainee (uncredited)
Alan Church .... optical camera operator (uncredited)
Andrew Coates .... rotoscope artist (uncredited)
Andrew Eio .... motion control programmer (uncredited)
Tony Gardner .... cosmetic supervisor: miniature effects unit (uncredited)
John Lee .... model maker (uncredited)
Alan G. Markowitz .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Jay Roth .... model maker (uncredited)
Tony Rowland .... camera grip (uncredited)
Adrian Trent .... assistant visual effects editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Elanor Bertram .... stunts
Simon Crane .... stunts
Sue Crosland .... stunts
Steve Dent .... stunts
Stuart Fell .... stunts
Louise Head .... stunt double #1: Carrie Henn
Jazzer Jeyes .... stunts
Sean McCabe .... stunts
Eddie Powell .... stunts
Kiran Shah .... stunt double #2: Carrie Henn
Stuart St. Paul .... stunts: Queen Alien - right-hand side
Malcolm Weaver .... stunts: Queen Alien - left-hand side
Chris Webb .... stunts
Bill Weston .... stunts
Paul Weston .... stunt coordinator
Jason White .... stunts
Clive Curtis .... stunt double: Frost (uncredited)
Tom Delmar .... stunts (uncredited)
Nick Gillard .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Martin Hume .... camera focus
Martin Kenzie .... camera focus
Shaun O'Dell .... camera operator
Bob Penn .... still photographer (as Robert Penn)
Jack Thetford .... gaffer
David Worley .... camera operator
Kevin Brookner .... video operator (uncredited)
Pete Cavaciuti .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Michael Condro .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Stewart Hadley .... generator operator (uncredited)
Paul Kenward .... focus puller (uncredited)
Michael McDermott .... gaffer: second unit (uncredited)
Pat Miller .... electrician (uncredited)
Jan Pester .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Nigel Seal .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Chris Warren .... video assist operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Jane Feinberg .... casting: USA
Mike Fenton .... casting: USA
Mary Selway .... casting: UK
Judy Taylor .... casting: USA
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tiny Nicholls .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Peter Boita .... associate editor
Simon Harris .... second assistant editor
Phil Sanderson .... first assistant editor
Robert Hambling .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Brian Q. Kelley .... editor: additional material for special edition (uncredited)
Steve Maguire .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Robin Clarke .... music editor
Michael Clifford .... music editor
Randall Frakes .... synthesizer effects
Robert Garrett .... synthesizer effects (as Robert Garret)
Greig McRitchie .... orchestrator (as Greg McRitchie)
Eric Tomlinson .... music recording engineer
Ian Underwood .... synthesizer effects
Otto Snel .... music pre-dub mixer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Polly Apostolof .... assistant to producer
Jill Bennett .... production accountant
Diana Dill .... script supervisor
Geoff Freeman .... unit publicist
H.R. Giger .... original alien designer
Jay Roberts .... location auditor
Paul Tucker .... production controller
Joyce Turner .... production coordinator
Simon Atherton .... armorer (uncredited)
James Cameron .... queen alien designer (uncredited)
Terry English .... armor designer (uncredited)
Andrew Fletcher .... armorer (uncredited)
J. Randolph Harrison .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alien 2" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for monster violence, and for language
Runtime:
137 min | USA:154 min (1992 special edition)
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Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Australia:MA (Cable TV rating) | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) (Director's Cut) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) (original rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-18 (director's cut) (DVD rating) | France:12 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | India:A | Ireland:18 | Italy:T | Japan:PG-12 | Mexico:B | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:M | Norway:18 | Peru:14 | Philippines:R-18 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18 | Singapore:PG13 (edited TV version) | South Korea:12 | South Korea:15 (DVD rating) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:15 (re-rating) (2010) | UK:18 (1986-present) | USA:R (Certificate #27850) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
James Horner's schedule only allowed for him to work on the film for 6 weeks. He arrived in London to perform his duties, only to find that they were still shooting, much less editing. He sat around for 3 weeks before being able to get started.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Just after finding Newt, Ripley gives her a cup of hot chocolate and the cup handle switches sides between shots.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Salvage team leader:Bio-readouts are all in the green, looks like she's alive. Well, there goes our salvage, guys.
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162 out of 209 people found the following review useful.
James Cameron and Bill Paxton at their finest, 15 June 1999
Author: Dan Grant (dan.grant@bell.ca) from Toronto, Ontario

There are really good movies and then there's that select few that change your life. For me movies like Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, JFK, Titanic and Star Wars did that. By viewing a movie you see life in a different light. Aliens also did that to me. I didn't think a movie could scare me as much as Halloween did but this one certainly did that and more. The atmosphere in this movie, and the lighting and cinematography and of course the direction are top notch, and some of the scenes are some of the scariest I've seen in my life time. But what puts this movie over the top as one of the all time greatest films ever made is the casting.

Sigourney Weaver is terrific but it is her supporting cast that shines and makes you feel like you know the crew that is heading to that desolate planet.

Paul Reiser is perfect as Burke,the slimy corporate kiss ass that cares about profit before human lives. Lance Henriksen shines as Bishop, the cyborg with a heart. Jeanette Goldstein is the rough around the edges female marine that more than holds her own with all the testosterone floating around and Michael Biehn ( another Cameron favourite )is the perfect quiet leader that leads by example and not so much a loud demonstrative voice. But the show stopper in this flick ( just as he always is in any movie that he is in ) is Bill Paxton.

Paxton and Cameron have worked on Terminator 1, True Lies, Titanic and Aliens and Bill is one of those actors that steals scenes from every actor and was always a recognizable face even before Titanic. Here, his Hudson character is the comic relief but he is also perhaps one of the true characters that we can all identify with. His tough exterior is nothing more than camouflage for his frightened fragile interior. He realizes the dire situation that they are all in and he can't hide his fear. When he finds out that they won't be rescued for at least seventeen days, his response is " Hey man, we're not going to survive 17 hours man! Those things are going to come in here and they're going to get us and..... " ( Ripley ) This little girl survived longer than that with no weapons and no military training. " ( Hudson ) " Why don't ya put her in charge!!! "

Paxton is a gift to any and every movie that he is in and this is his finest work. He should have won a best supporting actor that year. And if you haven't seen this movie, rush to see it if only for Bill Paxton. He steals the show. But if a tightly wound, brilliantly technical and unbelievably scary movie is your thing, then you can't go wrong here. This is easily a ten out of ten, and one of the best ever made. If Spielberg is the king is Hollywood, then Cameron is his heir apparent. Oh, and one more thing, Paxton will win an Oscar one day.

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