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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.

Director:

David Fincher

Writers:

Dan O'Bannon (characters), Ronald Shusett (characters) | 4 more credits »
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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 ... 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.

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Taglines:

This time it's hiding in the most terrifying place of all. See more »

Genres:

Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The cinematic directorial debut of David Fincher, which he has all but disowned due to near-constant studio interference. See more »

Goofs

If the EEV impacts at a speed high enough to heat up the hull to glow, it would smash up beyond recognition leaving no chance of survival. Even the sheer G-load occurring on impact would be more than enough to kill the occupants, and, if they could be retrieved from the wreck at all, they are liable to have almost every piece of bone cracked to splinters. 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 »

Alternate Versions

The Assembly Cut from the 'Alien Quadrilogy' DVD Set does not include all of the footage from the work print. There are at least 5-10 minutes from that version that weren't re-edited for the new DVD box set:
  • In the scene where prisoner Murphy becomes the alien's first victim in the vent shaft, he is singing a different tune than that heard in the theatrical version and there is no mention of the dog. He simply peers into the tunnel.
  • A few more scenes of 85 and Ripley arguing about what the company will do with the alien.
  • Shots of Dillon walking through corridors and finding bodies (Troy) as well as Ripley finding bodies (Eric) and verbally identifying them.
  • Jude slips, falls and cuts himself with the scissors he was holding.
  • 85 silently meditating with his head bowed down as he awaits the company people.
  • When the company reps arrive, it is extended as the Asian rep asks 85 if he's seen the beast, and 85 says yes and that Ripley has one inside her. Bishop II replies, "We know that." When 85 sees the cage he tells them "You're gonna need a bigger cage."
  • When Ripley is trying to lure the alien back into the piston, she keeps telling it to kill her.
  • Right before activating the sprinklers and killing the alien, Ripley says "For the last time..." (this shot is seen in several of the film's trailers).
  • When Ripley tells Morse to help her and he asks "What do you want me to do?", she replies "You'll know..."
  • After Ripley falls, Morse crawls over to look out into the molten pit.
  • The last scenes are arranged a little different, with the video screen facility closed shot coming before the shot of the empty cryotubes and Ripley's transmission being heard.
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Soundtracks

IN THE YEAR 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)
Written by Rick Evans
Performed by Christopher Fairbank
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In defense of David Fincher
21 May 2008 | by RebrandSoftwareSee all my reviews

I just watched this again. I've seen Alien and Aliens countless time, but have only seen Alien 3 once and that was pretty much enough for the last 15 years.

This movie is really just a waste of time, because the few good ideas and interesting things that happen are completely overshadowed by the illogical plot, worthless characters and slasher feel (you could replace the alien with any other movie monster, no problem).

I don't think this has anything to do with David Fincher, though.

He did not write the story or the script, and those areas are where the major problems lie.

Think of all the other movies he has directed since then:

Seven, Fight Club, The Game

Those are three of my all-time favorite movies, and the ones I didn't list above, like panic room, are still good movies.

I just can't believe that it was Fincher causing the problems here, but I can believe that he could be easily pushed around by a studio during his directorial debut (maybe even their fall-guy?). Blame the studio for letting this P.O.S. go into production in the first place.


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Official Sites:

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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:

$19,449,867, 24 May 1992

Gross USA:

$55,473,545

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$159,814,498
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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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