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Alien (1979)

R   |    |  Horror, Sci-Fi


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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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Dallas' pursuit of the Alien down the ventilator shafts, and the intercut scenes of the rest of the crew urging him on, were shot in one day.


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

Just before the alien kills Brett - there is a close up of the alien with dry ice smoke blowing at the aliens head. This is a reused shot from later in the film when the alien kills Parker. The dry ice smoke comes from a pipe the alien broke when it attacked Parker. There should be no dry ice smoke present in the landing leg bay where the alien kills Brett.


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.


Alternate Versions

Other changes in the Director's Cut: As in the Theatrical Version, Brett stops in the the landing strut chamber to wet his face during the sequence where he is searching for Jones the cat. In the Directors Cut, we see a shot looking up at the landing strut with the Alien rather unexpectedly in the foreground, head bowed, swaying from side to side. Another change concerning Jones the cat: when Ripley encounters the Alien in the corridor having just set the self-destruct sequence, instead of the Alien looking curiously at Jones in his cat box, it gives him a brief glance before violently swatting the box aside. (This explains why in both versions of the film the cat box is flipped on its side and not where Ripley left it when she returns to collect Jones.)


Soundtracks

Incidental music from 'Symphony No. 2 ('Romantic')
by
Howard Hanson
[played over end credits]

Storyline

Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Horror | Sci-Fi

Details

Release Date:

22 June 1979

Language

English


Country of Origin

UK, USA

Filming Locations

Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK

Box Office

Budget:

$11,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€167,534 (Spain) (26 October 2003)

Gross:

$78,900,000 (USA)

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