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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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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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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The Bitch is Back See more »

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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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After a lengthy and complicated shoot, David Fincher spent a year editing the film while also doing additional filming, but the studio rejected his intended version and wanted a shorter movie, which required extensive re-shoots. This was reportedly the last straw for Fincher, who walked away for good after this. The re-shoots reportedly pushed the budget to $65 million, and were done in Los Angeles with an almost entirely new crew. See more »

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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 »

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[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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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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A film that still bothers me!!!
1 April 2000 | by uj87See all my reviews

Alien 3 is a sequel that has bothered me for years. I had the pleasure of recently voting it as one of the worst movies of the last 100 years. It really irritated me for the following reasons: (This review is a comment to those who have already seen the movie)

I swear the writers of Alien 3 never saw the first two movies or at least forgot them. Where did the "face hugger" come from in the shuttle?? It`s obvious in the first two movies that the "face huggers" impregnate their victims and die but in Alien 3 it impregnates Ripley and the dog... Why did it seems to take a week for the Alien to explode from Ripley while in the first movie it took about an hour??? How did Ripley know she had a "Queen" Alien in her????

I also think the point of the first 2 movies was Ripley was a survivor.We know she is going to die about 1/3 the way through the movie. This destroyed all the suspense!!!!!!

I also think the Alien looked really fake!!!! The use of computer effects didn`t work...

2/10


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USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alien³ 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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Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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