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Alien: Resurrection (1997)

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Two centuries after her death, Ellen Ripley is revived as a powerful human/alien hybrid clone who must continue her war against the aliens.



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200 years after the conclusion of Alien 3, the Company is able to resurrect Ripley through the process of cloning and the scientists successfully take the Queen Alien out of her. But, Ripley's DNA gets mixed up with the Queen's and she begins to develop certain alien characteristics. The scientists begin breeding the aliens, but they later escape. Soon the Xeno-morphs are running amok on the ship, which is on course to Earth. The Queen then gives birth to a deadly new breed of alien, which could spell disaster for the entire human race. It's up to Ripley and a band of space pirates to stop the ship before it reaches Earth. Written by Andrew Kasch <akasch@Chattanooga.net>

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Rated R for strong sci-fi violence and gore, some grotesque images, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 November 1997 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,955,000 (Non-US) (14 November 1997)


$47,748,610 (USA) (13 February 1998)

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Did You Know?


In the theatrical release, H.R. Giger is not credited for his part in the design of the Aliens. The video release has his name in the closing credits. See more »


(at around 30 mins) When Ripley drives Call's knife through her wrist it does not get damaged by the acid in her blood even though it's soaked in it. In other scenes just a few drops of Ripley's blood burn through thick metal, which would suggest that the knife's blade should also get burnt. However, Call's knife may be made by some alloy, not just simple steel, but added with cadmium/vanadium/iridium that make it unassailable by acids. See more »


[first lines]
Ripley: [voiceover] My mommy always said there were no monsters. No real ones. But there are.
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Crazy Credits

Many of the creature effects casting and mold making crew. Some long standing, heavily contributing members, were omitted from the credits. Supposedly due to budget concerns. See more »


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Ripley's Theme
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Better than expected: As good as hoped?
30 September 1998 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Perhaps it had something to do with Alien3 - a badly shot, confused film set in what looked like a large Victorian Toilet. But I went to see the (apparently) last installment of the Alien series with no expectations whatsoever.

Better than expected:

The Ripley of Resurrection is - in a word - dangerous. Her character changes quite a few times dring the film, from brooding to laconic to furious to distraught to plain nasty: all with an undercurrent of something menacing beneath the surface, like a dorsal fin on a heavy sea. This is the best performance that Sigourney has ever done in the entire series. Her support is also quite good - from the Gucci-ceries carrying a hijacked crew in suspended animation to use as carriers for the Alien young to the Conscienceless Scientists and Military aboard the Warship. And now to the important part - The Aliens themselves. After the god-awful obviously computer animated alien of the last film, we are finally back into Geiger-esque territory - and none too soon. The Alien warriors have undergone yet more modifications. They are more streamlined and inhuman looking. More importantly they move in a realistic fashion which does'nt look as if the camera was merely overcranked. (They're a bit more intelligent also!) The genetic prequels to a successful Ripley were Truly horrific and the discovery of the same was one of the few moments in film that have honestly put a shiver down my back. The storyline was a tad simplistic but perhaps that was for the best, with fewer gaps showing and allowing the film to progress at a fluid pace.

As good as hoped?

No. But considering the impact and flavour of the original film, (which despite the effects looking dated today, it is still the most powerful and believable film of the four) I certainly was not disappointed - In fact I think I'll see it again - Soon.


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