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Alien (1979)

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User Rating: 8.4/10 (97,038 votes)
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Ridley Scott
Writers (WGA):
Dan O'Bannon (story) and
Ronald Shusett (story) ...
Release Date:
25 May 1979 (USA) more view trailer
Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller more
Just one can kill seven. more
Plot Outline:
A mining ship, investigating a suspected SOS, lands on a distant planet. The crew discovers some strange creatures and investigates. more
Won Oscar. Another 11 wins & 18 nominations more
User Comments:
Classic horror more

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 ... Mother (voice)

Additional Details
Also Known As:
Alien: The Director's Cut (USA) (director's cut)
Star Beast (USA) (working title)
Alien - El octavo pasajero (Argentina) (International: Spanish title) (Mexico) (Spain) [es]
вСФНИ (Soviet Union: Russian title) [ru]
Étranger: le huitième passager, L' (Canada: French title) [fr]
Alien (Sweden) [sv]
Alien (Portugal) [pt]
Alien - Das unheimliche Wesen aus einer fremden Welt (West Germany) [de]
Alien - Den 8. passager (Denmark) [da]
Alien - Director's Cut (Germany) (director's cut) [de]
Alien - Le huitième passager (France) [fr]
Alien - kahdeksas matkustaja (Finland) [fi]
Alien den åttonde passageraren (Sweden) [sv]
Alien, el octavo pasajero: El montaje del director (Spain) (director's cut) [es]
Alien, o Oitavo Passageiro (Brazil) [pt]
Alien, o epivatis tou diastimatos (Greece) [el]
Alien: Den åttende passasjer (Norway) [no]
Nose'a HaShmini, Ha- (Israel: Hebrew title) [iw]
Nyolcadik utas a halál (Hungary) [hu]
Obcy, ósmy pasazer Nostromo (Poland) [pl]
Octavo pasajero, El (Spain) [es]
Osmi putnik (Yugoslavia: Serbian title) [sr]
Vetrelec (Czechoslovakia) [cs]
Yaratik (Turkey: Turkish title) [tr]
Rated R for sci-fi violence/gore and language. (director's cut)
117 min / USA:116 min (director's cut)
Color (DeLuxe)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 more
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) / Dolby
South Korea:18 / USA:TV-14 (TV rating) / New Zealand:R16 (original rating) / New Zealand:M (re-release) / Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) (original rating) / Canada:PG (Ontario) (director's cut) (2003) / Canada:18A (Manitoba) (director's cut) (2003) / Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) (director's cut) (2003) / Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia) (director's cut) (2003) / Finland:K-18 (director's cut) (DVD rating) / Canada:14+ (Ontario) / Italy:T / Argentina:13 / Australia:M / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Chile:14 / Finland:K-16 / France:-12 / Hong Kong:IIB / Iceland:16 / Ireland:18 / Japan:PG-12 / Netherlands:12 / Norway:15 (director's cut) (2003) / Norway:16 (original rating) / Norway:18 / Peru:14 / Singapore:PG / Spain:13 / Sweden:15 / UK:15 (director's cut) / UK:18 (video rating) (1987) / UK:X (original rating) / USA:R (certificate #25541) / West Germany:16
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Fun Stuff
The Nostromo's computer is called Mother. In the third sequel, Alien: Resurrection (1997), the spaceship's computer is called Father. more
Continuity: Mother's two 30 second countdowns take 36 and 37 seconds respectively. more
[first lines]
Brett: This is the worst shit I've ever seen, man.
Parker: Have 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: I feel dead.
Parker: Anybody ever tell you you look dead, man?
Movie Connections:
Referenced in H.R. Giger's Sanctuary (2007) more
Excerpts from 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik' more

How does it end?
Did the Company know there were Aliens inside the derelict ship? How could they have known about it?
Is the Derelict the Predator ship from Alien Vs. Predator?
User Comments (Comment on this title)
44 out of 65 people found the following comment useful:-
Classic horror, 16 October 2001
Author: bob the moo from Birmingham, UK

The further we go in special effects, the more movies show us and ignore the unseen, the more people will return to dark horrors like this one.

It's hard to look at this film without considering the sequels and knowing the alien itself, however when made the alien was mostly unseen and a mystery. It's difficult to forget what you've seen, but it's important to approach this film first if possible rather than joining the series late.

It's amazing that this is over 20 years old - apart from the actors looking so young, the film doesn't feel dated at all. The sci-fi visions here are still bleak and futuristic as they were then - this is not the Star Trek vision of the future. The foreboding exists long before John Hurt spills his secret, Scott's direction is excellent throughout. Once the alien is "born" the tension is cranked up and the characters dispatched one by one (a formula we know oh-so well now!)

However here the characters are not merely alien-food but have some dimension to them. Weaver is excellent, while the support cast is full of great support actors (Stanton, Kotto, Hurt, Skerritt, Holm), but of course the real star is the one we see least of.

We barely see the alien in full detail, most of the time it is set in shadows, moving with deadly intent.The alien here is not simply a killing machine as seen in later films but is cruel with it. Witness the alien trap a female crew member and slowly rub up her leg, moving with slow seductive movements before moving with terrifying speed to kill another crew member sneaking up behind it. The slow movements betray the alien's pure cruelty.

The film is a study in terror. It may not be as action packed as the other films in the series but it brings the claustrophobia of being hunted to a new level.

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