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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.


        Ridley Scott


        Dan O'Bannon (screenplay by), Dan O'Bannon (story by) | 1 more credit »
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        Top Rated Movies #53 | Won 1 Oscar. Another 16 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »



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        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)


        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


        Sometimes the scariest things come from within See more »


        Horror | Sci-Fi


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        Release Date:

        14 November 1979 (Hong Kong) See more »

        Also Known As:

        Alien - El octavo pasajero See more »


        Box Office


        $11,000,000 (estimated)

        Opening Weekend USA:

        $3,527,881, 28 May 1979

        Gross USA:


        Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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        Technical Specs


        (1979 Theatrical Version) | (2003 Director's Cut)

        Sound Mix:

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


        Color (Eastman Kodak)| Color

        Aspect Ratio:

        2.39 : 1
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        (at around 14 mins) During the landing sequence, Kane issues the instruction "Roll 92 degrees port yaw." Roll and yaw are two separate directional axes. The correct instruction (and what the ship actually does) is "Roll 90 degrees port." See more »


        [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 the forward slash in A and the slash in N, and then the vertical lines in L and E (so it looks like / I I I \). After that, the ensuing lines of each letter are added slowly one at a time until the title is fully visible. See more »

        Alternate Versions

        Also included in the Director's Cut is a scene where the crew listen to the alien signal and discuss the nature of the planet just before they prepare to land. See more »


        Referenced in Fight Club (1999) See more »


        Eine kleine Nachtmusik'
        by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as W.A. Mozart)
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        User Reviews

        A horror classic
        21 September 2018 | by Aaron_KyleSee all my reviews

        What makes Alien great is it's synchronization of sound, visuals and showing great attention to detail. Not only that but Alien has an unnerving atmosphere right from the beginning. We're introduced to a crew who is not exactly too friendly to each other add to that the ship. It's huge, and with its halls and corridors it feels almost like a maze.

        Enter Alien, a ruthless parasite with humanoid form yet it lacks any civilised traits of a human. It does have humanoid form but it doesn't give a single emotion. The design of the monster is what's the most terrifying (and it still holds up despite Alien being released in 1979). The creature is also better adopted to the ships interior making a big part of movie feel like a sinister game of cat and mouse.

        What I particularly like is how the characters are written. They are not Hollywoodized heroes, in fact there is no hero. They're just people which makes them even more threatened. The performances are all equally realistic and do deliver. Kudos to director Ridley Scott for using crafty cinematography and combining it with shadows and lights in an eerie way. The music is unrelenting and combined with Scott's cinematography, sound and visuals it adds to the eeriness.

        The plot is also not another Hollywoodized cliché. It's more like "survival of the fittest". The characters battle true terror as they race to survive or outlive each other, they're all just a part of a race to see who will prevail and who will die.

        Final Grade: 10/10

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