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Alien Overview

During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs attacks an explorer. The entire crew is unaware of the impending nightmare set to descend upon them when the alien parasite planted inside its unfortunate host is birthed.

Who Stars in Alien

Tom Skerritt
Arthur Dallas

Tom Skerritt

Sigourney Weaver
Ellen Ripley

Sigourney Weaver

Veronica Cartwright
Joan Lambert

Veronica Cartwright

Harry Dean Stanton
Samuel Brett

Harry Dean Stanton

John Hurt
Gilbert Kane

John Hurt

Ian Holm

Ian Holm


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Review for Alien

Author: Patrick E. Abe

Described by Roger Ebert as a "trapped in a haunted house" movie, this movie set the bar for Horror in the Summer. The "Nostromo," like "Star Wars" spacecraft, looks worn and in use, compared to the "just out of the box" look of "Star Trek" spacecraft. (And I'm a fan of the "Star Trek" universe!) The claustrophobic feel of the "Nostromo" is due to "filming inside of a tube" location shooting next seen in "Das Boot." A band of "space truckers" are awakened from hibernation, and are shocked to find that they are only half way home. The Company orders them to investigate an Alien transmission, which sets up a descent into Hell as the crew finds themselves being stalked by an opportunistic "Exomorph." As the crew is picked off one by one, the true nature of the beast and the odd attitude of the Science officer, Ash, raise the anxiety level over 100%. What sets this tale apart from other "space monster" films is the character of Third officer Ripley, who raises uncomfortable questions to Capt. Dallas about company policy in general and Science officer Ash in particular. After Capt. Dallas disappears, take-charge-female-Ripley discovers Ash's true intentions and leads her diminished crew to action. The level of violence has been described as "near pornographic," which is helped along by H.R. Giger's "worst nightmare" mature Alien. This is the first of a memorable franchise, featuring a strong female leader that continues into the "Prometheus" prequel.(?)

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Brandywine Productions

20th Century Fox



Release Date

Original Language

1 hr 57 mins

$ 11,000,000.00 (Estimated)

$ 104,931,801.00 (USA)

$ 93,931,801.00 (Estimated in USA)


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