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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.

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David Fincher

Writers:

Dan O'Bannon (characters), Ronald Shusett (characters) | 4 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 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
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Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

3 times the suspense. 3 times the danger. 3 times the terror. See more »

Genres:

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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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alien 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

Buckinghamshire, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$23,141,188, 25 May 1992

Gross USA:

$55,473,600

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$159,773,600
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

One possible idea for the film included a chestburster coming out of Michael Biehn's character, Hicks. This was later abandoned in favor of having his character die after being impaled by a metal beam. A replica of the actor with his chest torn open (due to the impalement) was created, but after Biehn discovered this (erroneously thinking it was from a chestburster wound), he threatened to sue the producers for using his likeness without his consent, so a non-identifiable replica was used. Later, the producers paid him to use his picture at the beginning of the film for the computer sequence. Apparently he received more money for use of this one image than for his role in Aliens (1986). Biehn later stated that, had he any idea the kind of career David Fincher would have, he might have been more accommodating, in the hopes of getting a chance to work with him on a subsequent project. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 35 mins) After Morse closes the channel door, trapping the alien in the piston chamber, he hollers "I'm going for the lead!" out of sync with his moving lips. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

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Soundtracks

IN THE YEAR 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)
Written by Rick Evans
Performed by Christopher Fairbank
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User Reviews

 
Disappointing when compared to the first 2
4 October 2007 | by canucks_88See all my reviews

Not in the same league as the first 2 Alien films. The special effects were well done, and while the action scenes were excellent, there weren't nearly enough of them. Nothing against director David Fincher, but I would not put him in the same class as Ridley Scott and James Cameron (directors of the first 2 films). This movie did not have a great flow. For the better part of an hour, we're left listening to dull dialogue, before the action picks up. At least with the first Alien film, the suspense kept up the pace of the movie. Also, aside from Lt. Ripley, none of the other characters are the least bit interesting in this film. This movie is enjoyable, and better than a many sci-fi movies out there, but I would not consider this one to be a classic.


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