Alien Hunter (2003)

R  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  19 July 2003 (USA)
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An alien black box is found in the South Pole, where a government agency is conducting botanical experiments.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Kate Brecher
Dr. Michael Straub
Nikolai Binev ...
Dr. Alexi Gierach
Nyla Olson
Shelly Klein
Stuart Charno ...
Abell (as Stu Charno)
Svetla Vasileva ...
Co-Pilot (as Kaloyan Vodenicharov)
George Stanchev ...
Dr. John Bachman


In 1947, in New Mexico, a radio operator receives a signal following patterns and while investigating the occurrence, he vanishes. In the present days, the same signal is transmitted from a base in the Falkland Islands to United States of America, and a satellite captures images of a unknown object in Antartic. The cryptologist Julien Rome (James Spader) is invited to investigate the mystery in the South Pole, and he flies to a research base. While a team tries to open a weird shell probably from the outer space, Julien solves the message, indeed a distress signal ordering not to open the case. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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There IS something out there! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »






Release Date:

19 July 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Beacon  »

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Box Office


$7,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Models were built for the exterior shots of the Artic base. See more »


Despite the modern, post-USSR insignia that the crew of the Russian submarine wear, the commander addresses an officer as "tovarischi" or "comrades", which is then translated to "gentlemen" in the subtitles. See more »


References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

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Ripped off a lot of films, but entertaining with a good ending
14 April 2004 | by (Québec) – See all my reviews

I thought it was great. Yes, ripped off many films, but a good screenplay nonetheless (kept the film moving) and more importantly, a surprising ending. Not oscar material, but I'd give it thumbs up. The base was totally unrealistic however. "The Thing" base was more like what it would be. And the title "Alien Hunter"... totally for marketing. It should have been -- in fun sci-fi form -- "It came from Space" or something. Cause it wasn't about hunting an alien. The geneticist guy was too 1-dimensional. They should have slowly developped his attitude instead of making him an idiot from the start.

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