Aliens (1986)

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Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being in hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?

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23 February 2000 | ruth.boaz
Outstanding blend of sci-fi, action, and humour.
I rate Aliens a perfect 10. This second installment in the Alien series evolves the original movie's horror/sci-fi genre into action-adventure/sci-fi, setting a standard which has not yet been matched. I like this movie because it paints a picture of the future which is realistic enough to suck you in during the beginning of the film and then quickly introduces you to interesting characters who you become concerned with; some you love and others you hate.....but none of them bore you. By the time the action starts it's possible to forget you're watching a movie (at least the first couple of times). The plot is filled with tension that is occasionally broken by some of the most memorable one-liners in history (especially by Private Hudson). The special effects are remarkable, considering the fact that they were accomplished the "old fashioned way" prior to digital manipulation. I can report that I now own the Director's Cut and rate this version a 10 also. The extra footage will be extremely interesting to fans of the 1986 release. Either version gives you great characters, suspense, action, firepower, sarcasm, and wit. Aliens is an outstanding show!

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Trivia

The hero shotgun prop used by Hicks was an Ithaca Model 37 altered by having its barrel shortened and the original hand grip replaced with a World War II MP40 submachine gun pistol grip; parts of the shotguns original stock woodwork were retained as a fixing point for the MP40 aluminum grip casting, the same shotgun previously appeared in the episode "Heroes" of the British television series The Professionals, and the episode "The Bogeyman" of the British television series Dempsey and Makepeace (1985) where it was used by the characters Tommy and Keith Lymon, respectively. In these television appearances the weapon was fitted with a folding stock seemingly also taken from an MP40. However for the filming of Aliens, the stock was removed. Also for Aliens the grip had gaffer tape wrapped around it covering the entire grip along with the holes for mounting the folding stock. By the time the shotgun came to be in the possession of the prop store, the tape had long been removed.


Quotes

Salvage Team Leader: Bio-readouts are all in the green, looks like she's alive. Well, there goes our salvage, guys.


Goofs

After an alien smashes a hole through the triangular windshield on the APC during the escape from under the cooling tower the windshield is then shown with an unbroken windshield as it exits on to the planet surface.


Crazy Credits

As the final credits fade, there is the sound of a facehugger scurrying across from left to right.


Alternate Versions

The Finnish VHS version rated K16 is cut with 3 minutes and 42 seconds. Some gory murders done by the aliens, some acid-to-the-face scenes, and pretty oddly the entire "fingers and knife"-game between the soldier and Bishop, and just a shot of Newt in the water and couple of aliens rising up to the surface, are cut out. The scene in the movie's ending, where the alien queen rips Bishop in half is heavily cut too. The Finnish video version re-release is still heavily cut (3 minutes and 3 seconds), although it's a little more complete (at least the "fingers and knife"-game is intact). The cuts on both versions were applied by the distributor.

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Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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