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.


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  • Ian Holm in Alien (1979)
  • John Hurt in Alien (1979)
  • Ridley Scott in Alien (1979)
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  • Harry Dean Stanton in Alien (1979)

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Trivia

The screech of the newborn alien was voiced by animal impersonator Percy Edwards. He was personally requested by Ridley Scott to do the sound effect, and it was recorded in one take.


Quotes

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?


Goofs

(at around 13 mins) The planetoid where the Nostromo finds the alien spaceship is said to be 1200 kilometers diameter with a surface gravity of .86G. (Earth is 1G.) The horizon would curve visibly on a moon that tiny. By Newton's Law of Gravitation, a body that small would need a density of 50 grams per cubic centimeter to achieve .86G. This is more than twice the density of osmium, the densest element known. It's unlikely that the moon would be made of a massive ball of some hitherto unheard-of, super-dense, stable element. Together, this indicates that the size of the moon is incorrect. (Visible in 2003 director's version, but not in 1979 theatrical version)


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.

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Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Horror | Sci-Fi

Details

Release Date:

22 June 1979

Language

English


Country of Origin

UK, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€167,534 (Spain) (26 October 2003)

Gross:

$78,900,000 (USA)

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