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Aliens (1986)

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Fifty-seven years after surviving an apocalyptic attack aboard her space vessel by merciless space creatures, Officer Ripley awakens from hyper-sleep and tries to warn anyone who will listen about the predators.

Director:

James Cameron

Writers:

James Cameron (story by), David Giler (story by) | 4 more credits »
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Top Rated Movies #73 | Won 2 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sigourney Weaver ... Ripley
Carrie Henn ... Newt
Michael Biehn ... Corporal Hicks
Paul Reiser ... Burke
Lance Henriksen ... Bishop
Bill Paxton ... Private Hudson
William Hope ... Lieutenant Gorman
Jenette Goldstein ... Private Vasquez
Al Matthews ... Sergeant Apone
Mark Rolston ... Private Drake
Ricco Ross ... Private Frost
Colette Hiller ... Corporal Ferro
Daniel Kash ... Private Spunkmeyer
Cynthia Dale Scott ... Corporal Dietrich (as Cynthia Scott)
Tip Tipping Tip Tipping ... Private Crowe
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Storyline

57 years after Ellen Ripley had a close encounter with the reptilian alien creature from the first movie, she is called back, this time, to help a group of highly trained colonial marines fight off against the sinister extraterrestrials. But this time, the aliens have taken over a space colony on the moon LV-426. When the colonial marines are called upon to search the deserted space colony, they later find out that they are up against more than what they bargained for. Using specially modified machine guns and enough firepower, it's either fight or die as the space marines battle against the aliens. As the Marines do their best to defend themselves, Ripley must attempt to protect a young girl who is the sole survivor of the nearly wiped out space colony. Written by blazesnakes9

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They're Even Scarier The Second Time Around! (Fox Vhs Cover) See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for monster violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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The initial cut of the movie ran nearly 150 minutes, which was commercially risky. James Cameron was in doubt about how to shorten it, since shortening random scenes would only save minutes, and make the film feel rushed. Producer Gale Anne Hurd finally suggested cutting out a few scenes entirely, such as the references to Ripley's daughter, as well as the early scene on the colony and the Derelict Ship. Cameron hesitated to cut the latter, as it was the only direct link with the original film. He later realized that Hurd was right, as these scenes could be cut without damaging the plot, and deleting them brought the film neatly under 135 minutes. All these scenes were restored in the Special Edition that was created 6 years later. See more »

Goofs

(at around 36 mins) When SFC Apone clears Vasquez to enter the North Lock, he points his weapon downward, but in the next shot, his weapon is pointing upward. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Salvage Team Leader: Bio-readouts are all in the green, looks like she's alive. Well, there goes our salvage, guys.
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Crazy Credits

The ALIENS title forms slowly during the opening credits. The full title isn't seen until the opening credits are finished, and the "I" illuminates brightly. See more »

Alternate Versions

Ripley is sitting on a park bench waiting for Burke (before the inquisition), immediately following her stay in Gateway Station's hospital. She presses a button, and the entire park behind her disappears, revealing a gray screen. Burke enters and tells her how to behave and what to expect at the hearing. Ripley asks about her daughter but Burke tells her she needs to focus on the hearing. She insists to hear about her daughter and Burke hands her a computer printout (colour) that shows her an older woman (actual photo of Sigourney Weaver's mother). Burke tells Ripley her daughter died at age 66, which was two years ago and that she had no children. Ripley whispers that she promised her daughter she would be back before her 11th birthday before going off on the Nostromo. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dark Breed (1996) See more »

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This ain't a film.
14 August 1998 | by Pluto-3See all my reviews

THE sci-fi movie. It's nearly perfect in every way: storyline, characters, menacing threat, suspense, action, direction, music, emotion, etc... It's always been a favorite of mine and still is. To me this is not just a film, it is an experience. The adrenaline pumps like in no other film and rarely have we had the chance to see a heroine as compelling as Sigourney Weaver. She can kick anyone's ass and still keep a heart and soul. (Why she didn't win the Oscar back in 1986 is beyond me.) When the action starts, you're in for the ride of your life. Truly a milestone in movie making. Now if they could only release it on DVD...


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alien II See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,052,042, 20 July 1986

Gross USA:

$85,160,248

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$131,390,112
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Eastman Kodak)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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