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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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It's been more than 200 years...The beginning has just started. See more »


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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)  »

Also Known As:

Alien 4  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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(at around 1h 24 mins) After Ripley falls into the Queen's nest, a pan out shot shows the Auriga heading towards Earth, however, as seen by the visible landmasses, the image is transposed (East Africa, Red Sea, and Arabian Peninsula have been flipped across a vertical axis). 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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Julius, Priva son d'ogni conforto
From the opera "Julius Caesar"
By George Frideric Handel (as Georg Friedrich Händel)
Sung by Maureen Forrester
New York City Opera Orchestra (uncredited)
Conducted by Julius Rudel (uncredited)
Courtesy of BMG Classics
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User Reviews

Don't think of it as an Alien film
9 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Don't think of Alien Resurrection as an Alien film, but rather a Joss Whedon film. Yes it's different. But the others are separate types of movies also. Alien is a creepy monster thriller. Aliens is an action movie. Alien3 is a goth nightmare gone wrong. Alien Resurrection is a Whedon film. Me being a big fan of Firefly/Serenity and his Astonishing X-Men comic book series loved this film dearly. Yes it may require some thinking to understand, due to the cloning and cross-breeding stuff. But it isn't bad to have Hollywood make you think with an action/horror movie. If you think of this a different kind of movie I think you'll enjoy it like I did. But if you are looking for the same kind of movie a before you might a well pass this one.

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