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Alien (1979)

R | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 22 June 1979 (USA)
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After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Director:

Ridley Scott

Writers:

Dan O'Bannon (story), Ronald Shusett (story) | 1 more credit »
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Top Rated Movies #52 | Won 1 Oscar. Another 16 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tom Skerritt ... Dallas
Sigourney Weaver ... Ripley
Veronica Cartwright ... Lambert
Harry Dean Stanton ... Brett
John Hurt ... Kane
Ian Holm ... Ash
Yaphet Kotto ... Parker
Bolaji Badejo ... Alien
Helen Horton ... Mother (voice)
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Storyline

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 blazesnakes9

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

In space no one can hear you scream. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sci-fi violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 June 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alien: The Director's Cut See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,527,881, 28 May 1979

Gross USA:

$80,931,801

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$105,664,211
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1979 Theatrical Version) | (2003 Director's Cut)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (as Dolby Stereo)

Color:

Color (Eastman Kodak)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In a preview of the bonus feature menus for the "Alien Legacy" box set posted to USENET, the bio for Dallas had him as being born female and Lambert as being born male, suggesting gender reassignment before the events in the movie. Negative fan reaction prompted this to be changed before production of the DVDs. Their bios now display their gender with "natural" in brackets behind it, implying that gender reassignment is a fairly common procedure in the future. See more »

Goofs

(at around 10 mins) When Parker and Brett are walking through a long hallway and complaining that none of the other crew "come down here", their reflection can briefly be seen in a mirror behind them. Mirrors were used to make the set hallways look much longer than they actually were. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Brett: This is the worst shit I've ever seen, man.
Parker: What you say? You got any biscuits over there?
Ripley: Here's some cornbread.
Parker: Cornbread. Yeah.
Lambert: I am cold.
Parker: Still with us, Brett?
Brett: Right.
Kane: Oh, I feel dead.
Parker: Anybody ever tell you you look dead, man?
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Crazy Credits

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 forward slash in A and the slash 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 »

Alternate Versions

Scenes trimmed or deleted in the 25th Anniversary Edition:
  • The camera panning right towards Dallas before he goes into the hallway to talk to Mother.
  • The scene where Ripley talks to Ash if Mother translated the Alien Transmission.
  • After Ash losses contact with Dallas and crew after they walk into the Derelict ship, the last shot looking back at Ash's face is cut.
  • The shot looking at Dallas climbing up the Space Jockey.
  • Some shots of Kane being lowered down into the Egg Chamber are trimmed.
  • The shot of Ash leaving the Medical room after talking with Ripley.
  • Dialogue between Ripley and Dallas discussing Ripley's distrust in Ash is cut.
  • The beginning shot of Ripley, Parker, and Brett searching down the corridor for the Alien.
  • The shot with Ripley saying 'Open the Door.' behind the partially opened door.
  • The last moments of Brett soaking his face.
  • After the crew discusses the Vent plan, the shot of the Nostromo traveling through space is cut.
  • The whole scene with Dallas talking to Mother on how he should neutralize the Alien.
  • Some shots of Dallas crawling down the vent are trimmed.
  • The shot of Parker going to refuel the Flame-throwers.
  • Ripley going to talk to Mother just shows her walking to the door instead of getting the key.
  • Shots of Ripley leaving the Mother Chamber.
  • The sequence where Ripley, Parker, and Lambert walking through the hallway has been trimmed.
  • Ripley preparing the shuttle has been trimmed.
  • Certain shots of Ripley running through the corridors after the self-destruct has been activated have been trimmed.
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Soundtracks

Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as W.A. Mozart)
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A Timeless Science Fiction Masterpiece
11 February 2018 | by gogoschka-1See all my reviews

'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.

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