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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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14 August 1998 | Pluto-3
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| Milestone
The beginning of one of the greatest series of all time. This film will always remain a classic. It's scary, influential and insanely entertaining. Not just that but Ridley Scott actually has a great sense of style and mood and he plays with that a lot, to make us shiver. There's also an interesting mystery surrounding the Alien which we know practically nothing about. Sigourney Weaver is just as powerful as usual and really brings strength to the film; they make one. Last but not least, the musical score. Wow! It's fantastic. I think the Alien series is known for that aspect as well. Let's hope they'll continue the series and dang we need it all on DVD !

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Did You Know?

Trivia

A crew of over two hundred workmen and technicians constructed the three principal sets: The surface of the alien planetoid, and the interiors of the Nostromo and derelict spacecraft.


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

The ship's computer, "Mother", deciphers the signal from the derelict ship and determines it to be a warning. Accepting that the crew was deliberately put into the path of the beacon by Weyland-Yutani, not to mention the events of the film's prequels, gives the company decades, possibly, to have deciphered the true nature of the signal despite it being of alien origin.


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.


Alternate Versions

The latest video release of Alien in Norway has been severely cut. There are no indications given on the cassette box that this has been done. Total playing time missing is about 15 minutes. Key noticeable scene cuts include Kane's apparent revival, and subsequent chest bursting scene; Ash's demise.


Soundtracks

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

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Horror | Sci-Fi

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