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Alien³ (1992)

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After her last encounter, Ellen Ripley crash-lands on Fiorina 161, a maximum security prison. When a series of strange and deadly events occur shortly after her arrival, Ripley realizes that she has brought along an unwelcome visitor.


David Fincher


Dan O'Bannon (characters), Ronald Shusett (characters) | 4 more credits »
1,670 ( 224)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Sigourney Weaver ... Ripley
Charles S. Dutton ... Dillon
Charles Dance ... Clemens
Paul McGann ... Golic
Brian Glover ... Andrews
Ralph Brown ... Aaron
Danny Webb ... Morse
Christopher John Fields ... Rains
Holt McCallany ... Junior
Lance Henriksen ... Bishop II
Christopher Fairbank ... Murphy (as Chris Fairbank)
Carl Chase Carl Chase ... Frank
Leon Herbert ... Boggs
Vincenzo Nicoli ... Jude
Pete Postlethwaite ... David


Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is the only survivor when she crash lands on Fiorina 161, a bleak wasteland inhabited by former inmates of the planet's maximum security prison. Once again, Ripley must face skepticism and the alien as it hunts down the prisoners and guards. Without weapons or modern technology of any kind, Ripley leads the men into battle against the terrifying creature.

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In 1979, we discovered in space, no one can hear you scream. In 1992, we will discover, on Earth, everyone can hear you scream. See more »


Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Misleading initial advertisement implied that the movie would be set on Earth. This was due to an early idea where dozens of Aliens invade Earth and even fuse together into one giant monster that attacks New York. From there, most concepts took the action away from Earth (such as a Blade Runner-like metropolis on another planet, which was felt to be too expensive). A first screenplay by William Gibson (written when original director Ridley Scott was still considering to return) took place on a large space station, but it was discarded after Scott chose to pursue other projects. His replacement Renny Harlin suggested a story set on Earth, but quit when Eric Red wrote a screenplay in which engineered Alien-human hybrids invade a remote space colony modeled after Earth. Another script written by David Twohy took place on a large space prison, but was rejected by new director Vincent Ward. However, the idea to situate the movie off-world remained in subsequent re-writes. See more »


At 51m 50s the syringe plunger is moving in the wrong direction if he is trying to fill it from the bottle. See more »


[first lines]
Computer Voice: Stasis interrupted. Fire in cryogenic compartment. Repeat, fire in cryogenic compartment. All personnel report to emergency escape vehicle launch pod. Deep-space flight will commence in T-minus twenty seconds.
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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox fanfare that plays during the opening studio logo segues ominously into the score of the film. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Blu-ray edition of the Assembly Cut of "Alien 3" (available as part of the 'Alien Anthology' box set or as separate edition) received additional work on the soundtrack. As a result, it features re-recorded dialogue that replaces the poor quality audio that appeared in many of the added scenes in the DVD version. Additionally, dialogue has been added to a few scenes that had none in the DVD version:
  • As the prisoners are dragging the EEV out of the ocean, they can be heard talking to each other and coordinating their efforts (dialogue was lifted from the theatrical version).
  • When prisoner Murphy is scrubbing the air duct and finds something moving inside a hole, he can be heard calling his dog Spike (dialogue was lifted from the theatrical version).
  • After prisoner Junior has lured the alien inside the toxic waste disposal unit and the other prisoners have closed the door, muffled screams and shouts are heard, interspersed with disturbing thuds and ripping sounds, which eventually die down as the others listen in.
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IN THE YEAR 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)
Written by Rick Evans
Performed by Christopher Fairbank
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User Reviews

Not as good as the others (as if you need telling)
23 May 2003 | by heywood100See all my reviews

After the brilliant Alien, and the maybe even better Aliens, what was the obvious progression? That's right, Alien Cubed. That's something of an optimistic title though, as this is certainly not Alien to the power of three. Actually, the only real problem with Alien3 is that everyone involved in it, with the exception of David Fincher, Sigourney Weaver, H.R.Giger, and maybe Charles Dance seems to be completely useless. The acting is (with the exception of the above) uniformly awful, truly dreadful. The clunking dialogue is not helpful to their cause.

Fincher does a decent job with what he has to work with and his past in music videos doesn't make the film too flashy and disorientating. Particularly impressive is the scene with the alien's point of view while it runs along the ceiling. But the whole film is let down by the disappointing visuals. Where the first two films had darkness and dinginess, or just sheer scale to impress you with, Alien3 just has a rust coloured prison planet that looks like something from Dune. Only worse. This is the downfall of the film - if the visuals had been better, the films other many bad points could probably have been ignored.

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Release Date:

22 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alien 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

Buckinghamshire, England, UK See more »


Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,449,867, 24 May 1992

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


| (2003 Special 'Assembly Cut' Edition) | (special edition)

Sound Mix:

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


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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