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Alien³ (1992)

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Ripley continues to be stalked by a savage alien, after her escape pod crashes on a prison planet.



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After escaping from the alien planet, the ship carrying Ellen Ripley crashes onto a remote and inhabited ore refinery. While living in the ore refinery until she is rescued by her employers, Ripley discovers the horrifying reason for her crash: An alien stowaway. As the alien matures and begins to kill off the inhabitants, Ripley is unaware that her true enemy is more than just the killer alien. Written by Kerwin Tsang <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for monster violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 May 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Alien 3  »

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Box Office


$63,000,000 (estimated)


$55,473,600 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The alien in this movie differs from its predecessors in that the organic pipes on its back are now missing and it now has a more pronounced set of lips. See more »


Early in the film the interior of the EEV is a mess, having been smashed up by the crash. However, as the movie progresses, it seems to be in a better and better condition and at the end it seems to be almost intact. However it could be that the interior of the wreckage was cleared up a little by the inmates on Fury 161 when they were removing the bodies of the rest of the crew and possibly looking for salvage. See more »


[first lines]
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My hatred for this film knows no bounds...
9 April 1999 | by (Ann Arbor, MI) – See all my reviews

I remember seeing the trailers for this film the December before it opened. On a sort of high from just seeing the first two movies, I was expecting big things from the second "Alien" sequel, and the trailer promised exactly that: "In space, no one can hear you scream... but on Earth, everyone can!" was the tagline.

So what do we get instead? A wretched excuse for a sequel to two of the greatest sci-fi films ever made. First of all, the story is beyond simply depressing... it undoes everything from the first two movies, and utterly destroys Ripley's world. Everything she's fought for is for naught. We almost want her to die, to end the ceaseless buffet of suffering her life has become. We must suffer through uninteresting characters that are indistinguishable from each other, dull "turn around and there's the alien" shocks, poor camera work during the action sequences (some would call it style, I call it confusing and obnoxious), and finally the ending that gels perfectly with this bottomless abyss of a movie. Alien Ressurection be damned... this travesty should have been a dream, and David Fincher should have stuck to directing Madonna videos.

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