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Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

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Ridley Scott
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Noomi Rapace ... Elizabeth Shaw
Michael Fassbender ... David
Charlize Theron ... Meredith Vickers
Idris Elba ... Janek
Guy Pearce ... Peter Weyland
Logan Marshall-Green ... Charlie Holloway
Sean Harris ... Fifield
Rafe Spall ... Millburn
Emun Elliott ... Chance
Benedict Wong ... Ravel
Kate Dickie ... Ford
Branwell Donaghey Branwell Donaghey ... Mercenary 1
Vladimir 'Furdo' Furdik ... Mercenary 2 (as Vladimir Furdik)
C.C. Smiff C.C. Smiff ... Mercenary 3 (as CC Smiff)
Shane Steyn ... Mercenary 4
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Storyline

Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They went looking for our beginning. What they found could be our end. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sci-fi violence including some intense images, and brief language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Scottish Gaelic

Release Date:

8 June 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Alien Prequel See more »

Filming Locations:

Scotland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$130,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£6,234,812 (United Kingdom), 3 June 2012, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$51,050,101, 10 June 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$126,477,084

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$403,354,469
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The film was originally to be called "Paradise" (December 2010). See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the movie Shaw enters the lifeboat and she is carrying an axe. When the Engineer enters and attacks her the axe is gone. However, you can clearly see the axe in Shaw's right hand as the Engineer enters the pod and confronts her (Shaw's back is to the camera). Shaw then drops the axe as the Engineer lunges towards her. You can even hear it hitting the floor. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Elizabeth Shaw: Get Charlie.
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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox, Dune Entertainment and Scott Free Production logos are shaded ice blue. See more »

Alternate Versions

Severian's GIFT-BEARER Fan-Edit [variant by v1ct0rth3cl34n3r] - Runtime 2:18:00 Altered beginning as from Severian's cut, single self-sacrifice of Engineer but altered end section from Severian's cut, mostly audio (in the escape pod when (spoiler) Noomi Rapace is kicking the Engineer all over the place which included profanity and violence that would have breached the certificate. Initially planned to commence with the Weyland/Yutani advert for DAVID, the lack of which, quoted directly, was omitted thusly: "This is the only scene that isn't included which i did want to include but it would've made for a couple of dozen hours work [mastering] which i wasn't really up for" See more »

Connections

Featured in Weyland Corp Archive: The Making of 'Prometheus' (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Scherzo - Tarentelle in G Minor, Op. 16
Written by Henryk Wieniawski
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So much of this movie could have been easily fixed...
6 June 2012 | by sandy-462See all my reviews

Don't get me wrong. It's gorgeous to look at, and I'm definitely going to go and see it again. It's really impressive.

But... It's stuffed with scenes without any payoff. Again and again it sets stuff up and then just... walks away from it.

In at least one unforgivably stupid scene, someone *literally* just walks away from an antagonist and leaves it there. And then doesn't tell anyone about it. Some of it's really effective. There are some scenes that are absolutely gripping. But so much of it doesn't make any sense...

Having said all that I think it's very clear that what I just saw was Prometheus part 1. It's very definitely supposed to have a sequel and I will certainly go to see the sequel. I think both movies taken together might score a 10.

But this movie by itself doesn't.


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