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Alien
- Tom Skerritt

Overview - Director Ridley Scott's breakthough film, an immensely successful blend of horror and science fiction, is a classic in both genres and spawned a host of sequels and imitators. Starring Sigourney Weaver as warrant officer Ellen Ripley, ALIEN focuses on the crew of the space cargo ship Nostromo, which lands on a moribund planet in response to a faint SOS.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Director Ridley Scott's breakthough film, an immensely successful blend of horror and science fiction, is a classic in both genres and spawned a host of sequels and imitators. Starring Sigourney Weaver as warrant officer Ellen Ripley, ALIEN focuses on the crew of the space cargo ship Nostromo, which lands on a moribund planet in response to a faint SOS. Inside a crashed ship, the crew members come upon strange pods, one of which spews forth a repellently fleshy insectile creature that locks on to the face of the unlucky Kane (John Hurt). Despite Ripley's advice, science officer Ash (Ian Holm) allows Kane to return to the ship, where the creature finally releases its grip. Soon, however, in one of the film's most infamous scenes, one of its offspring explodes horribly from Kane's stomach and scurries away. Dallas (Tom Skerritt), the vessel's captain, leads the others in a search for the rapidly growing, acid-dripping alien before it can cut them down--one by one. A triumph of art direction, set design, and special effects, ALIEN gains much of its impact from the contrast between the bleak, antiseptic beauty of the space vessel's interior and the primordial horror of the alien, a brilliantly original fusion of insect, man, and machine designed by Swiss surrealist painter H.R. Giger. The top-notch cast also includes Veronica Cartwright, Yaphet Kotto, and Harry Dean Stanton.

Awards:
1979 - Academy Awards - Best Visual Effects Winner

Cast List

Sigourney Weaver - American actress, ALIEN (1979), GORILLAS IN THE MIST
Susan Alexandra Weaver - American actress, ALIEN (1979), GORILLAS IN THE MIST
Tom Skerritt - American actor
Dan O'Bannon - Screenwriter/director, mostly sci-fi and horror films
Harry Dean Stanton - American character actor
Dean Stanton - American character actor
Ian Holm - British actor, THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2001)
Ian Holm Cuthbert - British actor, THE LORD OF THE RINGS (2001)
Veronica Cartwright - Film & television actress, THE BIRDS, ALIEN
Ridley Scott - British Director/Producer, ALIEN (1979), BLADE RUNNER (1982)
David Giler - Producer/Writer/Director
Walter Hill - Screenwriter/Director/Prod.
Michael Seymour - Production Designer
Gordon Carroll
Terry Rawlings - "Blade Runner" Film Editor
Terence Rawlings - "Blade Runner" Film Editor
Ian Whittaker - Art Director/Sets
Ronald Shusett
Peter Weatherly
John Mollo - Costume Designer
Jack Mollo - Costume Designer
H. R. Giger - Special Visual Effects
Roger Dicken - Special Visual Effects
John Hurt - British Actor
Yaphet Kotto - American Actor
Jerry Goldsmith - Film composer
Jerrald K. Goldsmith - Film composer
Jerrald Goldsmith - Film composer
Michael Hennagin - Film composer
Derek Vanlint
Carlo Rambaldi - Special Visual Effects
Bernard Lodge

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543982517
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Rating: R
  • Release Date: September 2015

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Notes:
Theatrical Release: May 25, 1979. Theatrical Rerelease: October 29, 2003. For ALIEN: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT, the original negative was restored and digitally remastered. In addition, director Ridley Scott reviewed archival footage not included in the original and chose specific never-before-seen footage to include in this special version of the film.

Reviews:
"...ALIEN outshines all competition in the luminous splendour of its photography..." - 09/01/1979 Sight and Sound, p.258-9


"...An old-fashioned scary movie set in a highly realistic sci-fi future, made all the more believable by the expert technical craftsmanship....[Weaver] carries it off well..." - 05/23/1979 Variety


"...Ridley Scott was a force to be reckoned with..." - 11/01/2003 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.117


"...With its cliché-confounding cast and plotting, roughneck sensibility and star-making turn from Weaver, ALIEN rewards repeat viewing..." - 11/01/2003 Total Film, p.106


"...Scott's film still shreds nerves....At once graphically elegant and viscerally effective, the future conjured up by Scott was dystopian to the core..." - 10/29/2003 Los Angeles Times, p.C3


"...In ALIEN, you can hear lessons for the sci-fi future in a great milestone from the recent past..." - 11/07/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.52


"Ridley Scott's 1979 movie is a great original." - 10/26/2003 Chicago Sun-Times, p.5


"Weaver's Ripley revolutionized women's roles by introducing the female action hero..." - 04/01/2004 Premiere, p.71

 
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