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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 20 wins & 21 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
The best Sci Fi action flick ever made See more (1013 total) »

Cast

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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:
To most of the crew, the choice of James Cameron as director was mystifying as The Terminator (1984) hadn't been released at that stage. The film's assistant director continually questioned Cameron's decisions and was openly antagonistic towards him. Ultimately producer Gale Anne Hurd had no choice but to fire him and he briefly instigated a mass walk-out from the rest of the crew. Fortunately this was quickly resolved but caused some doubt as to whether the film would make it to completion.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Ripley is preparing the M41 rifle with the flamethrower she is seen loading a new cartridge of ammo in the rifle as the counter runs up to 95. Once the elevator doors open the counter reads 42. She hasn't yet fired a shot.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Area 51 Confidential (2011)See more »

FAQ

Are there any differences between the DVD Version and the Blu-ray Version of the Director's Cut?
Why is Hudson so freaked out after the first encounter with the Aliens?
Why didn't the Facehuggers burn through their stasis tubes like through Kane's helmet in Alien?
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48 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
The best Sci Fi action flick ever made, 2 February 2008
Author: Steve Easton from United Kingdom

What can I say that hasn't already been said? Every aspect of this movie is spot on, which I can only put down to James Cameron's obsessive attention to detail. The characters are distinct, memorable and believable. The plot builds slowly into the most tense, suspenseful roller-coaster ride I've ever experienced in the cinema. The special effects are good even by today's standards, and the sets are simply second to none. This is one of my top 10 favourite movies of all time.

If you like this kind of movie and haven't seen this yet, what are you waiting for? Twenty years on and the only other Sci Fi action movie in the same league is James Cameron's Terminator 2. I can only hope he returns to this genre in the future, he is the master.

Oh, and try to see the special extended edition if possible, the extra scenes make an amazing movie even better.

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