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Alien (1979)

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After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Director:

Ridley Scott

Writers:

Dan O'Bannon (story), Ronald Shusett (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tom Skerritt ... Dallas
Sigourney Weaver ... Ripley
Veronica Cartwright ... Lambert
Harry Dean Stanton ... Brett
John Hurt ... Kane
Ian Holm ... Ash
Yaphet Kotto ... Parker
Bolaji Badejo ... Alien
Helen Horton Helen Horton ... Mother (voice)
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Storyline

In the distant future, the crew of the commercial spaceship Nostromo are on their way home when they pick up a distress call from a distant moon. The crew are under obligation to investigate and the spaceship descends on the moon afterwards. After a rough landing, three crew members leave the spaceship to explore the area on the moon. At the same time as they discover a hive colony of some unknown creature, the ship's computer deciphers the message to be a warning, not a distress call. When one of the eggs is disturbed, the crew realizes that they are not alone on the spaceship and they must deal with the consequences. Written by blazesnakes9

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's Alien, the 8th passenger. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1979 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Alien - El octavo pasajero See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,527,881, 25 May 1979, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$78,900,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$203,630,630
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (2004 Director's Cut)

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (as Dolby Stereo)

Color:

Color (Eastman Kodak)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Bolaji Badejo worked approximately four months on the film. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 35 mins) When trying to abort the countdown, the cancellation instructions Ripley follows with her finger are actually just a French translation of the detonation instructions she followed earlier. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Brett: This is the worst shit I've ever seen, man.
Parker: What you say? You got any biscuits over there?
Ripley: Here's some cornbread.
Parker: Cornbread. Yeah.
Lambert: I am cold.
Parker: Still with us, Brett?
Brett: Right.
Kane: Oh, I feel dead.
Parker: Anybody ever tell you you look dead, man?
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Crazy Credits

The title of the movie is slowly created one line at a time at the top of the screen during the opening credits, starting out with the I, then vertical lines in L and E, and the forward slash in A and the slash in N (so it looks like / I I I \), then the ensuing lines of each letter are added slowly one at a time until the title is fully visible. See more »

Alternate Versions

Scenes trimmed or deleted in the 25th Anniversary Edition:
  • The camera panning right towards Dallas before he goes into the hallway to talk to Mother.
  • The scene where Ripley talks to Ash if Mother translated the Alien Transmission.
  • After Ash losses contact with Dallas and crew after they walk into the Derelict ship, the last shot looking back at Ash's face is cut.
  • The shot looking at Dallas climbing up the Space Jockey.
  • Some shots of Kane being lowered down into the Egg Chamber are trimmed.
  • The shot of Ash leaving the Medical room after talking with Ripley.
  • Dialogue between Ripley and Dallas discussing Ripley's distrust in Ash is cut.
  • The beginning shot of Ripley, Parker, and Brett searching down the corridor for the Alien.
  • The shot with Ripley saying 'Open the Door.' behind the partially opened door.
  • The last moments of Brett soaking his face.
  • After the crew discusses the Vent plan, the shot of the Nostromo traveling through space is cut.
  • The whole scene with Dallas talking to Mother on how he should neutralize the Alien.
  • Some shots of Dallas crawling down the vent are trimmed.
  • The shot of Parker going to refuel the Flame-throwers.
  • Ripley going to talk to Mother just shows her walking to the door instead of getting the key.
  • Shots of Ripley leaving the Mother Chamber.
  • The sequence where Ripley, Parker, and Lambert walking through the hallway has been trimmed.
  • Ripley preparing the shuttle has been trimmed.
  • Certain shots of Ripley running through the corridors after the self-destruct has been activated have been trimmed.
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Soundtracks

Incidental music from 'Symphony No. 2 ('Romantic')
by Howard Hanson
[played over end credits]
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User Reviews

Structural perfection matched only by its hostility
20 July 1999 | by oneshotstopSee all my reviews

Director Ridley Scott's well-honed talents of pacing and editing create a tense atmosphere that superbly conveys dread and fear of an unknown, unseen evil entity. In 1979, the technology didn't exist to generate a computer image of a Being from another world, and thank God, because this film would have sucked just like all these post-Alien creature features do. Everyone who loves this movie knows what I'm talking about. Ridley Scott had to be extremely careful not to show a full shot of the Alien, except in very brief scenes, and not to reveal exactly how it moves, because then we would see that it is just some tall, skinny guy in a rubber suit. Nowadays, some computer guy would whip up a really scary-looking, but nevertheless FAKE-looking (yes, computer guys, we can tell) Alien, and the director would not have to even think about trying to breathe life into H.R. Giger's hallucinations to make a successful picture.

The dark, cold beauty of this film will never be equaled.


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