In the distant future, the crew of the commercial spaceship Nostromo are on their way home when they pick up a distress call from a distant moon. The crew are under obligation to investigate and the spaceship descends on the moon afterwards. After a rough landing, three crew members leave the spaceship to explore the area on the moon. At the same time as they discover a hive colony of some unknown creature, the ship's computer deciphers the message to be a warning, not a distress call. When one of the eggs is disturbed, the crew realizes that they are not alone on the spaceship and they must deal with the consequences.Written by
The murky point-of-view footage from the Nostromo's crew's helmet visors when they first exit their craft to investigate the alien planet was filmed by Ridley Scott, walking a consumer camcorder at low level across the cramped set. See more »
(at around 1h 20 mins) When Ripley finds out the truth from Mother, Ash is seen standing next to her. A brief scuffle ensues and Ripley leaves the room. When the door opens on the other side she has a bloody right nostril. This could be due to the fact that she has just learned her life is expendable and is losing the members of her crew one by one, all culminating in a sudden explosive release of stress during the scuffle. See more »
This is the worst shit I've ever seen, man.
What you say? You got any biscuits over there?
Here's some cornbread.
I am cold.
Still with us, Brett?
Oh, I feel dead.
Anybody ever tell you you look dead, man?
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The title of the movie is slowly created one line at a time at the top of the screen during the opening credits, starting out with the I, then the slash in A and the backslash in N, and then the vertical lines in L and E (so it looks like / I I I \). After that, the ensuing lines of each letter are added slowly one at a time until the title is fully visible. See more »
Effects, and Sound Effects changed in the 25th Anniversary Edition:
While Ripley is contacting traffic control now, the last shot of the Nostromo in space now has a star field where there was just a Black Background.
The Alien Transmission and the keyboard button sound effects are much different from the original deleted scene.
The shot of the Nostromo rolling 92 degrees to port now features a star field to the left of the planet where there was just black.
When parker gets drenched in Brett's blood, the sound effects of the cattle prod hitting the ground is different the original deleted scene.
When Ripley tries to contact Lambert and Parker through the coms after leaving Mother's chamber, static can be heard when she tries a different channel.
Incidental music from 'Symphony No. 2 ('Romantic')'
by Howard Hanson
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A Timeless Science Fiction Masterpiece
'Alien' is one of those special films that have aged very, very well. Even now, after nearly 40 years, everything about it just feels fresh. The restrained, natural performances by the fantastic cast; the outstanding production design; the beautiful, ominous score by Jerry Goldsmith; the realistic, "lived-in" look of space-freighter Nostromo's interior: it actually feels less dated than many science fiction films that were made much later, which is quite an astonishing feat. Even the (what now must be considered) "retro" technology inside the ship doesn't necessarily have to be viewed as anachronistic in the face of our obvious recent advancements, because it's the most simple technological equipment that is usually robust enough to survive the longest under harsh conditions (like the extreme temperatures in space).
I feel it's especially hard for science fiction films to stand the test of time - which is kind of inherent to the genre I suppose - and 'Alien' simply remains an outstanding achievement in that regard. It's a testament to the talent of everyone involved, but especially to the vision of director Ridley Scott. The film was crafted with so much love for every little detail, and the designs by Moebius, Chris Foss - and in particular the Lovecraftian horrors unleashed by Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger - are among the best and most iconic in any science fiction film. This isn't just an outstanding, timeless piece of entertainment: it's a work of art. 10 Stars out of 10.