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Prometheus (2012)

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Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.


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Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The search for our beginning could lead to our end See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 June 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Alien Prequel  »

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Box Office


$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£6,234,812 (United Kingdom), 3 June 2012, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,050,101, 10 June 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the sequence where a holographic Peter Weyland addresses the crew of the Prometheus, the musical underscore heard quotes the original theme to Alien (1979) written by Jerry Goldsmith but never used in the 1979 film. See more »


Holloway regards the mission as a failure because the Engineers on the planet are all dead. This, however, makes little sense, as it's obviously very unlikely that this was the Engineers' home world. Additionally, his work has directly found conclusive proof of the existence of advanced intelligent alien life, found preserved biological specimens of that life to examine, and working advanced technological artifacts from their culture including writing, art and still-working information technology. The mission had been a massive success by any metric. That said, Holloway could be considering it a failure in that he wanted to meet the Engineers and interact/ learn from them directly. See more »


[first lines]
Elizabeth Shaw: Get Charlie.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits take place throughout the Engineers' scene on Earth. See more »


Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.149 (2012) See more »


Theme from Alien
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
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A vast, epic, underrated, and ORIGINAL sci-fi film.
5 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

Prometheus is one of the most underrated and misunderstood science fiction movies in recent memory. Do NOT view this as a prequel to Alien. It is part of the same universe, but while the first 4 are action/horror films, Prometheus is a sci-fi adventure that explores the origins of mankind. This concept is something I've always wanted to see put to screen, and Prometheus delivers so well that I'm enthralled by it no matter how many times I watch it. The cinematography and score are Oscar worthy, and the direction and visuals are near perfect. I believe Prometheus would be much higher rated if more people went into it with an open mind. The first Alien did have mixed reviews upon initial release, and now it is an all time classic. I really think that one day Prometheus will have the same status, and I hope the sequels are more appreciated.

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