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Alien: Resurrection (1997)

R  |   |  Action, Horror, Sci-Fi  |  26 November 1997 (USA)
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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?


Angelina Jolie turned down the role of Call. See more »


Near the end of the film, Ripley flicks blood from the cut on her hand onto the window of the ship, which burns it. Just seconds later, when the room decompresses, she grabs a chain with the same hand and it doesn't get burned. 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
Composed by Jerry Goldsmith
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User Reviews

In space, no one can hear you sigh
25 February 1999 | by (Fargo, North Dakota) – See all my reviews

Alien Resurrection is the most radical departure in the series that has now spanned centuries in its own universe and nearly twenty years of our own earth time. Gone is the meticulously constructed suspense of Ridley Scott's 1979 original. Gone is the heart-stopping pulse of uncannily staged action from James Cameron's 1986 sequel. Gone is the Ripley who cried and fought and bled and sacrificed her own life to save the world from the horror she very nearly unleashed in David Fincher's atmospheric and underrated Alien 3. Instead, we get the all-new Ripley: cynical, sardonic, and ready with a wisecrack or a fist for anyone who crosses her path. Director Jeunet unfortunately seems to bask in self-parody, and this is where the film goes wrong. He serves up plenty of nasty evisceration and gruesome chest-bursting, but by now we have seen so much of the creatures that they are no longer terrifying. Still, I have a lasting affection and fascination with this series -- and Jeunet Alien is better than no Alien.

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