Alien


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.

Votes 4419 (7.9/10)

Runtime: 117 minutes

Release Date 1979-05-25

Budget: $11,000,000.00

Revenue: $104,931,801.00

Website: Link

Tagline: In space no one can hear you scream.

Production company:

  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • Brandywine Productions

Production country:

  • United States of America
  • United Kingdom

Genres:

  • Horror
  • Action
  • Thriller
  • Science Fiction

Trailer

Further Information

Arthur Dallas
Tom Skerritt
Tom Skerritt
Ellen Ripley
Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver
Joan Lambert
Veronica Cartwright
Veronica Cartwright
Samuel Brett
Harry Dean Stanton
Harry Dean Stanton
Gilbert Kane
John Hurt
John Hurt
Ash
Ian Holm
Ian Holm
Dennis Parker
Yaphet Kotto
Yaphet Kotto
Alien
Bolaji Badejo
Bolaji Badejo
Mother (voice)
Helen Horton
Helen Horton
Alien (uncredited)
Eddie Powell
Eddie Powell
Director
Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott
Screenplay
Dan O'Bannon
Dan O'Bannon
Producer
Gordon Carroll
Gordon Carroll
Producer
David Giler
David Giler
Producer
Walter Hill
Walter Hill
Producer
Ivor Powell
Ivor Powell
Executive Producer
Ronald Shusett
Ronald Shusett
Original Music Composer
Jerry Goldsmith
Jerry Goldsmith
Director of Photography
Derek Vanlint
Derek Vanlint
Editor
Terry Rawlings
Terry Rawlings
Editor
Peter Weatherley
Peter Weatherley
Production Design
Michael Seymour
Michael Seymour
Production Design
Roger Christian
Roger Christian
Art Direction
Roger Christian
Roger Christian
Art Direction
Leslie Dilley
Leslie Dilley
Set Decoration
Ian Whittaker
Ian Whittaker
Costume Design
John Mollo
John Mollo
Sound Editor
Robert Hathaway
Robert Hathaway
Production Design
H.R. Giger
H.R. Giger
Special Effects
Brian Johnson
Brian Johnson
Casting
Mary Goldberg
Mary Goldberg
Casting
Mary Selway
Mary Selway
Writer
Ronald Shusett
Ronald Shusett
Assistant Art Director
Jonathan Amberston
Jonathan Amberston
Property Master
Dave Jordan
Dave Jordan
Dialogue Editor
Bryan Tilling
Bryan Tilling
Dolby Consultant
Max Bell
Max Bell
Stunt Coordinator
Roy Scammell
Roy Scammell
Still Photographer
Bob Penn
Bob Penn
Conceptual Design
Jean Giraud
Jean Giraud

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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