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Writers:
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Release Date:
18 July 1986 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
This time there's more. See more »
Plot:
The moon 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 17 wins & 22 nominations See more »
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One of the most thrilling films ever- special edition highly recommended See more (1085 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sigourney Weaver ... Ripley

Carrie Henn ... Newt

Michael Biehn ... Corporal Hicks

Paul Reiser ... Burke

Lance Henriksen ... Bishop

Bill Paxton ... Private Hudson

William Hope ... Lieutenant Gorman

Jenette Goldstein ... Private Vasquez
Al Matthews ... Sergeant Apone

Mark Rolston ... Private Drake

Ricco Ross ... Private Frost

Colette Hiller ... Corporal Ferro
Daniel Kash ... Private Spunkmeyer

Cynthia Dale Scott ... Corporal Dietrich (as Cynthia Scott)
Tip Tipping ... Private Crowe
Trevor Steedman ... Private Wierzbowski
Paul Maxwell ... Van Leuwen
Valerie Colgan ... ECA Rep
Alan Polonsky ... Insurance Man
Alibe Parsons ... Med Tech
Blain Fairman ... Doctor

Barbara Coles ... Cocooned Woman
Carl Toop ... Alien Warrior
John Lees ... Power Loader Operator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Armstrong ... Lydecker (uncredited)

Jay Benedict ... Newt's Father (uncredited)
Holly De Jong ... Newt's Mother (uncredited)
Christopher Henn ... Newt's Brother (uncredited)
Elizabeth Inglis ... Amanda Ripley-Mclaren (uncredited)
Mac McDonald ... Simpson (uncredited)

Stuart Milligan ... Salvage Team Leader (uncredited)
Chris Webb ... Alien Warrior (uncredited)

Tom Woodruff Jr. ... Salvager (uncredited)

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)
William Parnell .... sound editor (uncredited)
Jeffrey Perkins .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Otto Snel .... 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)
Peter Melrose .... matte artist (uncredited)
Tim Ollive .... optical compositing (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)
Rolf Konow .... specials photographer (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)
William Parnell .... first 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
London Symphony Orchestra .... music performed by (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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 (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 | 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) | Czech Republic:15 | Finland:K-16 | Finland:K-18 (director's cut) (DVD rating) | France:12 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:IIB | Hungary:18 | Iceland:16 | India:A | Ireland:18 | Italy:T | Japan:PG-12 | Mexico:C | 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:18 (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (2014) | USA:R (Certificate #27850) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
At one time during filming, the APC had an actual roof. But, during the "Fire In the hole" scene, the actors were actually suffocating from the fire's smoke. After a few tries, the roof of the APC was removed.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: The shuttle pilot's seat has ejection handles. Since the shuttle travels between atmosphere & space, wouldn't ejection would be more dangerous than remaining on-board, both for the pilot AND passengers? Not necessarily so - pilot ejection would still be practical for atmospheric flight, and a sufficiently advanced seat could include a deployable bubble or shell for surviving space or even atmospheric re-entry - In the early 1960s, NASA designed a number of concepts for ejection seats that could be used to escape from a spacecraft in Earth orbit and allow an astronaut to safely re-enter the atmosphere. Passenger or payload recovery would be more problematic. But again, an integrated system of the future might provide reasonable survival capability.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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FAQ

Why didn't the colonists on LV-426 pick up the warning beacon from the derelict ship?
Is "Aliens" based on a book?
If the Alien can transform people into eggs (per the Alien Director's Cut), how does the egg-laying Queen fit in?
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153 out of 178 people found the following review useful.
One of the most thrilling films ever- special edition highly recommended, 31 August 2005
Author: Derek237 from Canada

James Cameron is an extremely talented action director because not only does he know great action, but he always backs the action up with a great story and interesting characters. Aliens is his finest achievement, as far as I'm concerned. Of course, I should specify: Aliens Special Edition is his finest achievement.

In 1986 several scenes were cut to keep the movie's run-time reasonable but there was one scene that was incredibly foolish to leave out. The scene I refer to is near the beginning where Ripley learns that her daughter has died while she was away in 'hypersleep' for 57 years. "I promised her I'd be home for her 11th birthday," cries Ripley. This is a very moving scene that adds a great deal the character's depth and makes more sense to why she cares for a little girl named Newt later in the film. She's seeking penance through Newt with her love and determination to keep her alive at all costs. The theatrical edition obviously doesn't elude to any of this, and even cheapens the relationship between Ripley and Newt- just a little bit. James Cameron has said that all of his movies are love stories, and Aliens is a story of parental love. He has also said that the special edition is his intended (if not definitive) version of the film. For about five years or so the Special Edition was the only version of Aliens you could get on DVD. It should have stayed that way.

Aliens is a unique film experience: it's genuinely thrilling and exciting, unlike a lot of movies where people shoot the evil monsters and there's disgusting blood and rapid gunfire, and it's really meaningless. In Aliens' case, the aliens are very threatening and more than just target practice. We don't see any aliens for over an hour, but once we do, it's a huge payoff. By that time, we get to know some interesting characters: Hicks (Michael Beihn), a take-charge marine who also turns out to be sweet and sincere, Hudson (Bill Paxton), a braggart who turns out to be a coward and complains most of the time, Vasquez (Jeanette Goldstein), the iron-willed woman soldier who proves to be one of the bravest characters in the film, Bishop (Lance Henrikson), a robot that is very helpful for everyone's survival, Burke (Paul Rieser), the slimy company man who the audience loves to hate, and of course, the adorable little Newt (Carrie Henn), a girl who has survived unspeakable horror. Holding the whole film together is Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver in her surprise-Oscar-nominated performance. I think the only reason why the audience cared for her in the first film is because she was the only person left and we wanted her to live. But for this film, James Cameron added so much to her. With all this investment in characters, we're really concerned for their well-being. We don't want those aliens to get them. Some die, and I'm always truly bummed out when it happens.

Filled with amazing performances and an abundance of thrills, Aliens is one of the greatest of any genre it attempts: whether it's action, sci-fi, horror, or even drama. I personally liked it better than the first film, but it's really like comparing apples and oranges. I prefer the special edition and don't see why anyone should view the other version instead.

My rating: 10/10

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