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Terse direction, stunning sets and special effects, and a well-seasoned cast save this from being another "Slimy monster from Outerspace" story. Instead it's a grisly rollercoaster of suspense and fear (and a huge boxoffice hit). Intergalactic freighter's crew is invaded by an unstoppable carnivorous alien intent on picking off the crew one by one. While the cast mostly bitches and banters while awaiting the horror of their imminent departure, Weaver is exceptional as Ripley, a self-reliant survivor who goes toe to toe with the Big Ugly. Futuristic, in the belly of the beast visual design creates a vivid sense of claustrophobic doom enhanced further by the ominous score. Oscar-winning special effects include the classic baby alien busting out of the crew guy's chest routine, a rib-splitting ten on the gore meter. Successfully followed by "Aliens" and "Alien 3."

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Available on Running time 116 minutes. Originally from British.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Sci Fi, Aliens Are People, Too, Unhappy Meals, Alien Beings--Vicious, Space Operas, Wonder Women, Robots & Androids, Top Grossing Films of 1979, Special FX Wizards: Anton Furst, Cats, Computers
Screenplay
Dan O'Bannon
Cast
Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Bolaji Badejo
Cinematography
Derek Vanlint
Director
Ridley Scott
Music
Jerry Goldsmith
Other
Helen Horton, Terry Rawlings, Peter Weatherley, Roger Christian, Les(lie) Dilley
Producer
20th Century-Fox

Awards

Oscars 1979: Visual FX, Natl. Film Reg. 2002.

Visitor Reviews

Alien
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Nicholle

A commerical spaceship called Nostromo is on it's way back to earth from a deep space mission. The seven crew members were all in chambers in a hypersleep state when they woke up as a result of an sos from a nearby planet and need to investigate what is going on. While exploring the planet a huge chamber of eggs is discovered. While examining it, one of the eggs hatches, and the "alien" attacks one of the crew members. When the alien dies, the crew members think everything is fine now, until they discover that another alien is forming inside it's host. They also realize that the sos was not asking for help, but a warning to anyone who comes near it. The crew has orders to bring the alien back to be examined and that the crew is expendable. Sigourney Weaver plays Ripley and is excellent at making decisions and battling the alien. She decides that the ship needs to be destroyed and that they need to board a shuttle to escape. Ripley also finds a little girl cocooned by the alien and saves her. This an excellent suspenseful movie with really great actors with a lot of action between the crew and aliens.

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Nicholle

A commerical spaceship called Nostromo is on it's way back to earth from a deep space mission. The seven crew members were all in chambers in a hypersleep state when they woke up as a result of an sos from a nearby planet and need to investigate what is going on. While exploring the planet a huge chamber of eggs is discovered. While examining it, one of the eggs hatches, and the "alien" attacks one of the crew members. When the alien dies, the crew members think everything is fine now, until they discover that another alien is forming inside it's host. They also realize that the sos was not asking for help, but a warning to anyone who comes near it. The crew has orders to bring the alien back to be examined and that the crew is expendable. Sigourney Weaver plays Ripley and is excellent at making decisions and battling the alien. She decides that the ship needs to be destroyed and that they need to board a shuttle to escape. Ripley also finds a little girl cocooned by the alien and saves her. This an excellent suspenseful movie with really great actors with a lot of action between the crew and aliens.