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

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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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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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Action | Horror | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

A series of Aliens comic books were published that were set after the events in Aliens (1986), featuring an adult Newt returning to space with a shell-shocked Hicks to stop the retrieval of an alien specimen by Weyland-Yutani corporation. The books were re-published to accommodate this film, with Newt re-named Billy. See more »

Goofs

When filling a syringe you pull back the plunger to fill the tube with air. You pump the air into the bottle to replace the liquid you then pull out or else you cause a vacuum in the bottle. 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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Connections

Referenced in Hren' 2.0: Zhperia (Kitayskiy igrovoy pleer) (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

IN THE YEAR 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)
Written by Rick Evans
Performed by Christopher Fairbank
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Weak, boring and utterly predictable
17 September 2001 | by mmm535See all my reviews

I actually wasted money seeing this movie on pay-per-view. The movie was soooooooooo boring that my brother decided to fall asleep and told me to wake him up when something exciting happened.

After seeing this movie, I read in an issue of US magazine, that Sigourney Weaver was responsible for the way the movie was scripted. She demanded that the script not contain any firearms (hence the boring and dank prison environment which unusually had no weapons-go figure). She really messed this Alien pic up big time!!! Aliens success (in my opinion) was that action provided by the weaponary. Also, Alien 3 was more a sorry excuse to end the Alien saga on a wishy-washy sentimental note. For me, the movie failed miserably.

The attack scenes are unbelievably predictable. I felt like like I knew 15 minutes in advance of who was going to get killed by the alien. The alien creature itself is rather dull and unimpressive. The plot is geered more towards a soap opera audience than a sci-fi movie. This movie failed to provide anything exciting or rewarding. I remember the printed advertisements for this movie were saying stuff like: "3 times the terror". GIVE ME A BREAK! This movie was more like 3,000 times the disappointment.

My advice, stick to Alien and Aliens for true satisfaction and don't even bother to watch Alien 3!


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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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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

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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