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After a space merchant vessel receives an unknown transmission as a distress call, one of the crew is attacked by a mysterious life form and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

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Cast verified as complete

Mother (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alien (uncredited)

Directed by

Ridley Scott

Written by

Dan O'Bannon ... (screenplay by)
Dan O'Bannon ... (story by) and
Ronald Shusett ... (story by)

Produced by

Gordon Carroll ... producer
David Giler ... producer
Walter Hill ... producer
Ivor Powell ... associate producer
Ronald Shusett ... executive producer

Music by

Jerry Goldsmith

Cinematography by

Derek Vanlint ... director of photography

Film Editing by

David Crowther ... (director's cut)
Terry Rawlings
Peter Weatherley

Editorial Department

Peter Baldock ... assistant film editor
Peter Culverwell ... assistant film editor
Les Healey ... first assistant editor
Maureen Lyndon ... assistant film editor
Bridget Reiss ... assistant film editor
Brian Q. Kelley ... editor: additional material for special edition (uncredited)

Casting By

Mary Goldberg ... casting: director: USA

Production Design by

Michael Seymour

Art Direction by

Roger Christian
Leslie Dilley ... (as Les Dilley)

Set Decoration by

Ian Whittaker

Costume Design by

John Mollo

Makeup Department

Pat Hay ... makeup artist
Tommie Manderson ... makeup supervisor (as Tommy Manderson)
Sarah Monzani ... hairdresser

Production Management

Garth Thomas ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Raymond Becket ... assistant director
Steve Harding ... assistant director
Paul Ibbetson ... first assistant director
Bob Jordan ... trainee assistant director

Art Department

Jonathan Amberston ... assistant art director
Alan Booth ... chargehand carpenter
Eddie Butler ... modeller
Ron Cobb ... concept artist
John Davey ... head painter
Shirley Denny ... modeller
Benjamín Fernández ... assistant art director (as Benjamin Fernandez)
Chris Foss ... concept artist
H.R. Giger ... 'Alien' design
Jean 'Moebius' Giraud ... art department (as Jean Giraud) / concept artist (as Jean 'Moëbius' Giraud)
George Gunning ... head carpenter
Dave Jordan ... property master
Dan O'Bannon ... visual design consultant
Jill Quertier ... production buyer
Patti Rodgers ... modeller
Bert Rodwell ... head plasterer
Peter Voysey ... supervising modeller
Bill Welch ... construction manager
José María Alarcón ... assistant set decorator (uncredited)
Gari Bacon ... props (uncredited)
Ken Barley ... creature mould maker (uncredited)
John Chisholm ... prop man (uncredited)
Philip Gips ... graphic designer (uncredited)
Terry Glass ... prop man (uncredited)
Paul James ... plasterer (uncredited)
Jimmy Kavanagh ... drapes (uncredited)
Peter Kersey ... prop maker (uncredited)
Brian Muir ... sculptor (uncredited)
Stuart Rose ... draughtsman (uncredited)
Crispian Sallis ... art department key assistant (uncredited)
Keith Short ... sculptor (uncredited)
Roy Wiffen ... property master (uncredited)

Sound Department

Max Bell ... sound consultant: Dolby
Andy King ... sound re-recording mixer: director's cut (as Andrew I. King)
Derrick Leather ... production sound mixer
Ray Merrin ... re-recording assistant mixer
Bill Rowe ... re-recording mixer
Jim Shields ... sound editor
Bryan Tilling ... dialogue editor
Ben Burtt ... additional sound design: recent cut (uncredited) / sound effects recordist: U.K. (uncredited)
Patrick Heigham ... boom operator (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Nick Allder ... special effects supervisor
Alan Bryce ... floor effects supervisor (as Allan Bryce)
Clinton Cavers ... coordinator: 'Alien' effects
Carlo De Marchis ... additional 'Alien' mechanics (as Carlo DeMarchis)
Roger Dicken ... maker: small 'Alien' forms
Guy Hudson ... special effects technician
Brian Johnson ... special effects supervisor
Peter Kersey ... prop maker
Phil Knowles ... special effects technician
Dennis Lowe ... special effects technician
Roger Nichols ... special effects technician
Carlo Rambaldi ... creator: 'Alien' head effects
Neil Swan ... special effects technician
David H. Watkins ... special effects technician (as David Watkins)
David Watling ... additional 'Alien' mechanics (as Dr. David Watling)
Anton Furst ... special effects (uncredited)
John Hatt ... special effects technician (uncredited)
Bob Keen ... modeller (uncredited)
Philip Sharpe ... special effects technician (uncredited)
Christian Wolf-La'Moy ... model maker (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

Dennis Ayling ... director of photography: miniature effects (as Denys Ayling)
Martin Bower ... supervising model maker: miniature effects
Ray Caple ... matte artist
Aris V. Dimalanta ... digital restoration artist
Dick Hewitt ... electronics and video coordinator: main unit
David Litchfield ... operator: miniature effects
Bernard Lodge ... special graphic effects
Sarah McGrail ... digital restoration artist
Terry Pearce ... focus: miniature effects
Bill Pearson ... supervising model maker: miniature effects
Peter Woods ... key grip: miniature effects
Alan Buchan ... visual effects (uncredited)
Rick Cortes ... inferno artist (uncredited) (2003 director's cut re-release)
Martyn Hall ... Assistant Optical Cameraman: Filmfex Animation Services (uncredited)
Andrew Kelly ... supervising model maker (uncredited)
Jon Sorensen ... visual effects miniatures (uncredited)


Eddie Powell ... stunts
Roy Scammell ... stunt coordinator
Clive Curtis ... stunts (uncredited)
Monty Jordan ... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

Adrian Biddle ... camera focus: main unit
Colin Davidson ... camera focus: main unit
Ray Evans ... lighting gaffer: main unit
Bob Penn ... still photographer
Jimmy Walters ... key grip: main unit
Eddie Collins ... additional camera operator (uncredited)
Wick Finch ... electrician (uncredited)
David Johnson ... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Douglas Kirkland ... still photographer (uncredited)
Derek Vanlint ... camera operator (uncredited)
Chris Williams ... effects cameraman (uncredited)
Micky Wilson ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

Mary Selway ... casting: UK

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Tiny Nicholls ... wardrobe supervisor
Graham Churchyard ... costume assistant (uncredited)

Music Department

Robert Hathaway ... music editor (as Bob Hathaway)
Lionel Newman ... conductor
Percy Edwards ... alien vocalizator (uncredited)
Arthur Morton ... orchestrator (uncredited)
National Philharmonic Orchestra ... music performed by (uncredited)
Eric Tomlinson ... music recording engineer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

Kay Fenton ... continuity
David Giler ... script revisions (uncredited)
Walter Hill ... script revisions (uncredited)

Additional Crew

Stanley Bielecki ... advertising and publicity consultant
Lori Covel ... assistant to producers
Valerie Craig ... production assistant
Brian Doyle ... unit publicist
Bill Finch ... production accountant
Andrea M. Gutierrez ... film & archive researcher
Mark Haggard ... production executive
Alice Harmon ... assistant to producers
Alan Ladd Jr. ... presenter
Charles Lippincott ... advertising and publicity consultant
Sandy Molloy ... assistant to director
Tyler Atkinson ... digital distribution (uncredited)
Angie Dane ... stand-in: Veronica Cartwright (uncredited)
Percy Edwards ... alien voices (uncredited) (voice)
Aidan Harrington ... stand-in: Tom Skerritt (uncredited)
Robert H. Lemer ... associate to producer (uncredited)
Liz Mitchell ... stand-in: Sigourney Weaver (uncredited)
Quentin Pierre ... stand-in: Yaphet Kotto (uncredited)
Jake Scott ... stand-in (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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 Keywords
Taglines In space no one can hear you scream. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Alien: The Director's Cut (United States)
  • Star Beast (United States)
  • Alien, le huitième passager (France)
  • Alien - Le 8ème passager (France)
  • Alien: Das unheimliche Wesen aus einer fremden Welt (Germany)
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  • 117 min
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Box Office

Budget $11,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United Kingdom GBP208,081, 02 Nov 2003
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $203,630,630

Did You Know?

Trivia The blue laser lights that were used in the alien ship's egg chamber were borrowed from The Who. The band was testing out the lasers for their stage show in the soundstage next door. See more »
Goofs (at around 1h 35 mins) A crewman with a black panel of some kind is visible through the smoke as Ripley runs through the corridors at the end of the film. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Bride of Monster Mania (2000). See more »
Soundtracks Incidental music from 'Symphony No. 2 ('Romantic')' See more »
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 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 »
Quotes [last lines]
Ripley: Final report of the commercial starship Nostromo, third officer reporting. The other members of the crew - Kane, Lambert, Parker, Brett, Ash, and Captain Dallas - are dead. Cargo and ship destroyed. I should reach the frontier in about six weeks. With a little luck, the network will pick me up. This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.
[to Jonesy the cat]
Ripley: Come on, cat.
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