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Alien
A movie poster from the original release of Alien
Directed by Ridley Scott
Written by Dan O'Bannon,
Ronald Shusett
Starring Sigourney Weaver,
Tom Skerritt,
Veronica Cartwright,
Harry Dean Stanton,
John Hurt,
Ian Holm,
Yaphet Kotto
Produced by Gordon Carroll,
David Giler,
Walter Hill
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date May 25, 1979
Runtime 117 min. ; 116 min. (director's cut)
Language English
Budget $11,000,000
IMDb page

Alien (1979), directed by Ridley Scott, is an extremely popular and influential science fiction/horror film that spawned several sequels and imitators. Although the title characters are the highly aggressive extraterrestrial creatures, the real connecting thread is the saga of Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, a human woman who finds herself the principal opponent of the species throughout the series. The film is especially notable as the first major American film series with a female action hero. A movie poster from the original release of Alien. ... Ridley Scott Sir Ridley Scott (born November 30, 1937 in South Shields) is an influential British film director and producer. ... Dan OBannon (born Daniel Thomas OBannon on September 30, 1946 in St. ... Sigourney Weaver Susan Alexandra Sigourney Weaver (born October 8, 1949 in New York, New York) is an American actress perhaps best known for her portrayal of Ripley in Alien (1979) and its sequels. ... Tom Skerritt (born August 25, 1933) is an American actor. ... Veronica Cartwright (born April 20, 1950 in Bristol, England) is an actress. ... Harry Dean Stanton, from Anger Management. Harry Dean Stanton (born July 14, 1926 in West Irvine, Kentucky, USA) is an American actor. ... (Mississippi John Hurt is an early American folk and country blues singer, 1893-1966) John Vincent Hurt (born January 22, 1940) CBE, is a British actor. ... Sir Ian Holm CBE (born September 12, 1931) is a British actor. ... Yaphet Frederick Kotto (born November 15, 1937 in New York City) is an African-American actor. ... Walter Hill Walter Hill (born California 1942) is a prominent American film director. ... Fox Plaza, the company headquarters. ... May 25 is the 145th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (146th in leap years). ... 1979 is a common year starting on Monday. ... Events March 5 - Production begins on The Empire Strikes Back, the sequel to Star Wars. ... Ridley Scott Sir Ridley Scott (born November 30, 1937 in South Shields) is an influential British film director and producer. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... DVD cover showing horror characters as depicted by Universal Studios. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... A sequel is a work of fiction in literature, film, and other creative works that is produced after a completed work, and is set in the same universe but at a later time. ... The fictional character Ellen Ripley is the protagonist in the Alien movie series. ... Sigourney Weaver Susan Alexandra Sigourney Weaver (born October 8, 1949 in New York, New York) is an American actress perhaps best known for her portrayal of Ripley in Alien (1979) and its sequels. ... Binomial name Homo sapiens Linnaeus, 1758 Subspecies Homo sapiens idaltu (extinct) Homo sapiens sapiens Human beings define themselves in biological, social, and spiritual terms. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... An action hero is any character that lacks the superhuman powers that would normally be connotated in superhero. ...


There are just seven human actors in the movie: Tom Skerritt (Captain Dallas), Sigourney Weaver (Warrant Officer Ripley), Veronica Cartwright (Navigator Lambert), Harry Dean Stanton (Engineering Technician Brett), John Hurt (Executive Officer Kane), Ian Holm (Science Officer Ash), and Yaphet Kotto (Chief Engineer Parker). Tom Skerritt (born August 25, 1933) is an American actor. ... Captain Dallas (ID# 032/V4-07C) was the captain of the commercial towing vessel The Nostromo in the 1979 science fiction film, Alien. ... Sigourney Weaver Susan Alexandra Sigourney Weaver (born October 8, 1949 in New York, New York) is an American actress perhaps best known for her portrayal of Ripley in Alien (1979) and its sequels. ... The fictional character Ellen Ripley is the protagonist in the Alien movie series. ... Veronica Cartwright (born April 20, 1950 in Bristol, England) is an actress. ... Lambert (ID# 971/L6-02P) was the navigator on the commercial towing vessel The Nostromo in the 1979 in film science fiction film Alien. ... Harry Dean Stanton, from Anger Management. Harry Dean Stanton (born July 14, 1926 in West Irvine, Kentucky, USA) is an American actor. ... Brett(ID# 724/R4-06J) was the engineering technician of the commercial towing vessel The Nostromo in the 1979 science fiction film Alien. ... (Mississippi John Hurt is an early American folk and country blues singer, 1893-1966) John Vincent Hurt (born January 22, 1940) CBE, is a British actor. ... Kane (ID# 825/G9-01K) was executive officer on the commercial towing vessel The Nostromo in the 1979 science fiction film Alien. ... Sir Ian Holm CBE (born September 12, 1931) is a British actor. ... Ash (ID# 111/C2/01X) was the science officer on the commerical towing vessel The Nostromo in the 1979 in film science fiction film Alien. ... Yaphet Frederick Kotto (born November 15, 1937 in New York City) is an African-American actor. ... Parker (ID# 313/S4-08M) was the chief engineer on the commercial towing vessel The Nostromo in the 1979 science fiction film, Alien. ...


The film's visual imagery was designed by H.R. Giger, for which he won an Oscar. Imagery--words that create a picture. ... Birth machine Hans Ruedi Giger (pronounced: GEE-ger) (born at Chur, Grisons canton, February 5, 1940) is a Swiss painter best known for his design work on the film Alien. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...


In 2002, the United States Library of Congress deemed Alien "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. 2002 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Library of Congress, Jefferson building The Library of Congress is the unofficial national library of the United States. ... The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ...

Contents


Plot

The story begins when the crew of the commercial transport ship Nostromo (named for a character in a novel by Joseph Conrad) receives a transmission which might be of nonhuman origin. They land on a deserted planet (Acheron) and find a derelict spaceship with a dead alien and many large eggs. When one of the crewmembers is attacked by a newly-hatched alien, the creature is brought aboard the Nostromo, where it methodically wipes out the crew. The USCSS Nostromo is a fictional starship, featured in the 1979 film Alien. ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... Joseph Conrad Joseph Conrad (December 3, 1857 – August 3, 1924) was a Polish-born British novelist. ... Transmission is the following: Generally, transmission is the act of passing something on. ... LV-426, also known as Acheron, is the name of the planet where the Alien was first encountered by humans in the movie Alien (1979) of the Alien Series. ... The Derelict was the name given to the long-wrecked spacecraft discovered by the crew of the Nostromo on the planet LV-426 in the 1979 science fiction film, Alien. ...


The eponymous alien creature is a lethal predator with consistently surprising abilities and physical forms, and which reproduces by parasitizing living victims. The plot device of the alien having acid for blood was created in order to prevent the Nostromo's crew from being able to kill it easily with firearms—the spilled blood would have eaten through the ship's hull. On the other hand, a flamethrower proved to be a suitable weapon, even though they have a limited firing range. The life cycle of the alien has been compared to that of the tsetse fly. The xenomorph is a hostile fictional extraterrestrial monster of unknown origin from the Alien universe, designed by the Swiss artist H. R. Giger. ... This snapping turtle is trying to make a meal of a Canada goose, but the goose is too wary. ... A plot device is a person or an object introduced to a story to affect or advance the plot. ... In databases, ACID stands for Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, and Durability. ... Red blood cells (erythrocytes) are present in the blood and help carry oxygen to the rest of the cells in the body Blood is a circulating tissue composed of fluid plasma and cells (red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets). ... German troops use a flamethrower on the Eastern Front during the Second World War A flamethrower is a mechanical device designed to throw flames or, more correctly, project an ignited stream of liquid. ... A life cycle includes the major sexual stages of a species, especially in regard to its ploidy. ... Binomial name Glossina morsitans The tsetse fly, Glossina morsitans, is a fly (order Diptera) that eats blood from animals, including humans. ...


After the ship's Captain is captured in an attempt to trap the creature, Ripley assumes command. She discovers that the ship had been deliberately re-routed by the Company that owns it to investigate the signal and return a specimen (Ripley had already surmised that the transmission might have been a warning message). The Science Officer Ash is revealed as an android placed by the Company to protect the creature and that the crew were regarded as dispensable. Ripley--as the sole survivor of the Nostromo--linitiates the ship's self-destruct sequence, escapes in a shuttle craft, and finally destroys the alien by blowing it out of the airlock into open space. An android is an artificially created being that resembles a human being. ... A self-destruct is a mechanism which causes a device to destroy itself under a predefined set of circumstances. ...


Early versions

The original screenplay was written by Dan O'Bannon, who had collaborated with John Carpenter on the cult sci-fi film Dark Star. O'Bannon's original script was titled Star Beast, and was a revision of an idea O'Bannon had years before, about gremlins getting loose aboard a World War II bomber and wreaking havoc with the crew. A screenplay or script is a blueprint for producing a motion picture. ... Dan OBannon (born Daniel Thomas OBannon on September 30, 1946 in St. ... John Carpenter John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948 in Carthage, New York) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and film music composer. ... Dark Star is a 1973 motion picture directed by John Carpenter and co-written with Dan OBannon. ... A gremlin is a mythological mischievous creature. ... Mushroom cloud from the nuclear explosion over Nagasaki rising 18 km (over 11 miles) into the air, August 9, 1945 after the Allied atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. ... A bomber is a military aircraft designed to attack ground targets, primarily by dropping bombs. ...


O'Bannon's original script bears many resemblances to the film that was actually produced, yet with significant differences. The spaceship—designed with a low-budget production in mind—was a small craft called the Snark. In the original script the ship's crew -- including the Ripley character -- are all male. Actor Tom Skerritt was originally cast as Ripley, but during script development the character was re-cast as a woman, reportedly at the insistence of producer Alan Ladd Jr -- a decision which proved crucial to the film's success.


After landing in response to the intercepted alien message the crew discover the derelict alien craft and its dead pilot. Ominously the pilot in its death throes had scratched a triangle on its control console. The crew members go outside and see the remains of an ancient pyramid. Kane is lowered into the structure where he finds a chamber with a breathable atmosphere. The alien embryo eggs are housed in an altar like structure and there is a hieroglyph depicting the alien's lifecycle. This concept was retained for a long time, and preliminary H.R. Giger pyramid drawings intended for Alien exist, but eventually the producers went with the idea of combining the wrecked derelict ship with the egg chamber (also designed by Giger), although the ideas of the pyramid, the altar and the heiroglyphs were retained for the 2004 film Alien vs. Predator. The sub-plot of Ash being an android and the betrayal of the crew was introduced later in the script development. A scene in which Ripley and Dallas have sex was dropped in order to secure a lower censorship rating. Geometric shape created by connecting a polygonal base to an apex A pyramid is a geometric shape formed by connecting a polygonal base and a point, called the apex, by triangular faces. ... Picture of an altar from the Meyer Encyclopaedia An altar, (Hebrew mizbeah, from a word meaning to slay) is any structure on which sacrifices known as the korbanot as well as incense offerings are offered for religious purposes. ... Birth machine Hans Ruedi Giger (pronounced: GEE-ger) (born at Chur, Grisons canton, February 5, 1940) is a Swiss painter best known for his design work on the film Alien. ... on the SNES Alien vs. ...


Substantial excerpts of O'Bannon's original script appeared as bonus materials on the 1992 laserdisc boxed set of Alien, though they were not included in the 1999 Alien Legacy DVD box. The complete O'Bannon script was included on the 2003 Alien Quadrilogy DVD box set as a bonus feature. 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Pioneers LaserDisc Logo The Laserdisc (LD) was the first commercial optical disc storage medium, and was used primarily for the presentation of movies. ... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... DVD is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for storing data, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Some early concept art was drawn by Chris Foss, and Jean Giraud, who is better known as the comic book artist Mœbius. Mœbius's designs for the Nostromo spacesuits made it into the final film. Christopher Foss (born 1946) is a British illustrator and science fiction artist, best known for his science fiction book covers and the illustrations for the original editions of The Joy of Sex. ... Jean Giraud (born May 8, 1938) is a French comics artist. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ...


Production

O'Bannon wrote the original treatment in 1976 while staying with Ronald Shusett after the film version of Dune he had been working (directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky) on fell apart. Artist Ron Cobb, who had worked with O'Bannon on Dark Star and Star Wars, produced a series of conceptual designs that defined the gritty realism of the film. O'Bannon and Shusett sold the script to the Brandywine company of David Giler, Gordon Carroll, and Walter Hill who had a production deal with Twentieth Century Fox with Hill attached to direct. Hill and Giler re-wrote the script ejecting superfluous elements and making it more action orientated. These changes were the source of tension between O'Bannon and the other production members that lasted through the making of the film. O'Bannon invited other artists who had worked on the Dune project to work on the film including Foss, Moebius, and Giger. At this stage there was a hiatus in the production as the studio was alarmed at the prospect of committing to a new science fiction film when it feared the yet-to-be-released Star Wars would be a flop. Dune is a 1984 movie directed by David Lynch and based on the 1964 Frank Herbert novel of the same name. ... Alejandro Jodorowsky © Beauregard - Maelström Edtions Alexandro Jodorowsky (born February 7, 1929, in Tocopilla, Chile to Ashkenazi Jewish parents) is an actor, director, producer, composer, mime, comic book writer and psychotherapist. ... Ron Cobb is a cartoonist, artist, writer, film designer, and film director. ... For the film originally released under the name Star Wars, see Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... Walter Hill Walter Hill (born California 1942) is a prominent American film director. ... Related articles FOX Television Network Fox Searchlight Pictures Fox Entertainment Group List of Hollywood movie studios List of movies Variant of current 20th Century Fox logo External links 20th Century Fox Movies official site Twentieth Century Fox is also the punning title of a song by The Doors on their...


With Star Wars a box office hit Fox gave the film the go ahead with an $8 million budget - much higher than the writers had originally pictured. During the production hiatus Hill had been replaced by Ridley Scott who revised many of the design elements before principal photography started at Shepperton Studios in England. Giger was brought from Zurich and along with Ron Cobb was set up at the studios as a type of artist in residence (Giger kept a diary through the production that was the basis of his book Giger's Alien). Much of the film's production design was done by the same team that had worked on Star Wars, with John Mollo supervising the costumes including the distinctive spacesuits. Another Star Wars alumnus Carlo Rambaldi produced the crucial mechanical effects for the title alien's head. Special effects were led by the team of Brian Johnson and Nick Allder who had worked on 2001: A Space Odyssey and Space 1999. Scott turned to a computer animation pioneer Bernard Lodge from his old college the Royal College of Art in London to produce the film's influential green line computer displays. Brian Johnson, in 1980. ... A movie poster from the original release of 2001 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) is an immensely popular and influential science fiction film and book; the film directed by Stanley Kubrick and the book written by Arthur C. Clarke. ... Left to right: Barbara Bain, Catherine Schell and Martin Landau from Space:1999s second season. ...


Influence

Aside from the creation of the Alien movie franchise and launching the international careers of Weaver and Ridley Scott, the box office success of the film spawned a cycle of imitations, including Xtro, Insemnoid, and to some degree John Carpenter's The Thing. John Carpenter John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948 in Carthage, New York) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and film music composer. ... The Thing DVD. Cover art by Drew Struzan The Thing is a 1982 science fiction film directed by John Carpenter. ...


Along with The Brood, the film is held up as launching the body horror sub-genre of horror film. The Brood is a 1979 Canadian horror film directed by David Cronenberg. ... Body horror is horror based on a sense of physical wrongness in the body. ...


The films gender politics have been subject of much examination and it has been linked to wider cultural idioms such as the experience of abjection defined by Helene Cixous. The term Abjection literally means the state of being cast out. ... Hélène Cixous (born 1937) is a French feminist writer, poet, playwright, philosopher and literary critic. ...


The film's visual style has also been hugely influential, as for the first time in a Science Fiction film space travellers are depicted as blue collar company employee drones rather than highly empowered agents of a quasi-military structure such as Star Trek. The film Outland borrows much of this premise, and across the genre the aesthetic of Alien for future technology became the norm in the following decade. The Enterprise boldly going where no man had gone before. ... Outland is a 1981 science fiction movie starring Sean Connery. ...


The distinctive "bio-mechanoid" style of HR Giger, made famous by this film, has been copied and referenced in sci-fi film and television so often that it has become a design motif in its own right. Famous examples of Giger-inspired design include Independence Day (movie), The Matrix and Star Trek's Borg. Birth machine Hans Ruedi Giger (pronounced: GEE-ger) (born at Chur, Grisons canton, February 5, 1940) is a Swiss painter best known for his design work on the film Alien. ... Sci-fi is an abbreviation for science fiction. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... Birth machine Hans Ruedi Giger (pronounced: GEE-ger) (born at Chur, Grisons canton, February 5, 1940) is a Swiss painter best known for his design work on the film Alien. ... Independence Day is an American action movie about an attempted alien takeover of the Earth. ... The Matrix is a film first released in the USA on March 31, 1999, written and directed by the Wachowski brothers (Andy and Larry). ... The Enterprise boldly going where no man had gone before. ... The Borg are a race of cyborgs in the Star Trek fictional universe. ...


In addition to movies, Nintendo's video game franchise Metroid takes much of its influence from the movies of the Alien franchise. To commemorate this influence, one of the game's perennial villains is named Ridley, in honor of Alien director Ridley Scott. Nintendo (Japanese: 任天堂; TSE: NTDOY) was originally founded in 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards, for use in a Japanese playing card game of the same name. ... Metroid is the first game in the Metroid series of video games, and was released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1986. ... Ridley is a fictional villainous character from the Metroid video game franchise. ...


In the computer game Starcraft by Blizzard Entertainment, the Zerg faction is similar to the Xenomorphs in many ways. StarCraft StarCraft (SC) is a real-time strategy computer game produced by Blizzard Entertainment in 1998. ... Blizzard Entertainment is a PC game developer and publisher. ... Zerg Hydralisk The Zerg are an alien race in the StarCraft universe. ... The Xenomorph is a deadly fictional monster from the Alien universe, designed by the Swiss painter H. R. Giger. ...


Prequel

Alien vs. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2004. ... Paul William Scott Anderson (Born: March 4, 1965 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, United Kingdom-) is a British filmmaker, producer and screenwriter. ...

Alien Quadrilogy

There is also a rumored Alien 5 movie. Although it was said that the script is, for the time-being, too violent to appeal to any major group, Ridley Scott had said on occasion that he would be open to directing the film. However, when interviewed in 2005 after the release of "Alien vs. Predator" Scott stated that the franchise had been wrung dry and no longer interested him. However, another interview has stated he is regaining some interest and that the 5th film might happen after all. Events March 5 - Production begins on The Empire Strikes Back, the sequel to Star Wars. ... Ridley Scott Sir Ridley Scott (born November 30, 1937 in South Shields) is an influential British film director and producer. ... See also: 1985 in film, other events of 1986, 1987 in film, list of years in film. Events April 12 - Actor Morgan Mason marries The Go-Gos Belinda Carlisle Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger marries television journalist Maria Shriver. ... Aliens is a 1986 science fiction horror movie starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Carrie Henn, Bill Paxton and Paul Reiser. ... James Cameron from Ghosts of the Abyss James Francis Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a Canadian film director noted for his American action/science fiction films, which are often completed behind schedule and over budget but compensate by being extremely successful financially. ... See also: 1991 in film, other events of 1992, 1993 in film, list of years in film. Events January 12 - HAL 9000 is activated, the computer in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey (fictional event: date taken from the film) Top grossing films Aladdin Home Alone 2: Lost in New... Alien 3 DVD cover Alien³ is a science fiction/horror movie that opened May 22, 1992. ... David Fincher (born May 10, 1962) is an American film director. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1997. ... Film poster Alien: Resurrection Alien: Resurrection (1997) is the fourth movie in the Alien series, preceded by Alien, Aliens and Alien³. Synopsis Spoiler warning: Alien: Resurrection takes place 200 years after the events of Alien³. Ellen Ripley has been cloned using blood samples from Fiorina 161, on ice so that... Jean-Pierre Jeunet Jean-Pierre Jeunet (born 3 September 1953, Roanne, Loire - France) is a French film director. ...


Spin-offs

Spin-offs include comics, novels, and computer games. A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ...


The Special Edition AKA Director's Cut (2003)

October 29, 2003 saw Alien re-released in cinemas as a Ridley Scott Director's Cut. It restores many—but not all—of the deleted scenes that have already appeared as bonus materials on previous laserdisc and DVD releases of the film, and makes some interesting deletions from the original cut. However, unlike the Star Wars "Special Editions", it does not appear as if any of the film's original special effects footage has been digitally enhanced (though the film's original negative did undergo some digital cleanup and restoration). October 29 is the 302nd day of the year (303rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 63 days remaining. ... 2003 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Ridley Scott Sir Ridley Scott (born November 30, 1937 in South Shields) is an influential British film director and producer. ... Pioneers LaserDisc Logo The Laserdisc (LD) was the first commercial optical disc storage medium, and was used primarily for the presentation of movies. ... DVD is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for storing data, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... For the film originally released under the name Star Wars, see Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. ... The seawater creature in The Abyss marked CGIs acceptance in the visual effects industry. ...


Ridley Scott has stated that he didn't really think that Alien required this tweaking, and that the term "Director's Cut" was used for marketing reasons only (and inconsistantly as well). In the Alien Quadrilogy materials, he goes out of his way to state his preference for the original: "rest easy, the original 1979 theatrical version isn't going anywhere". He recut the film himself, only after viewing the studio's attempt to do so; a version that he felt was "too long" and ruined the film's pacing. In his filmed introduction for the Director's Cut on the Alien Quadrilogy set, Scott can barely conceal his contempt for the whole exercise.


Here is a brief rundown of the restored footage in the order the scenes appear.

  • The Nostromo crew listening to the alien transmission.
  • Lambert slapping Ripley for refusing to let them bring Kane back aboard the ship.
  • Some dialogue deleted during the scene where Ripley confronts Dallas in the corridor over letting Ash keep the dead alien face-hugger. Dallas's lines about the Nostromo's original science officer being replaced by Ash at the last minute have been removed. This is an interesting deletion as it removes a bit of foreshadowing that all is not as it seems with the character of Ash.
  • A handful of shots added to Brett's death scene, including one where the alien can clearly be seen dangling from above, and another where Parker and Ripley rush into the room just after Brett has been grabbed.
  • A brief sequence showing Dallas querying the ship's computer "Mother" about his odds of killing the alien, and getting no reply, before he enters the ventilation ducts, has been cut.
  • A portion of the film's most famous deleted scene—Ripley discovering the alien's nest and the bodies of Dallas and Brett—has been restored, though the Director's Cut does not include Ripley's lines to the dying Dallas ("What can I do?" and "I'll get you out of there.") before she kills him with the flame thrower.
  • A quick extension of a shot as Ripley discovers the alien blocking the path to the shuttle; the alien is shown staring at Jones the cat in his catbox, then it swats the catbox out of its way. This extended shot has actually never been shown before, even on DVD.

Both the Special Edition and the original theatrical version are included in the Alien Quadrilogy boxed set, which was released on December 2, 2003. Captain Dallas (ID# 032/V4-07C) was the captain of the commercial towing vessel The Nostromo in the 1979 science fiction film, Alien. ... Ash (ID# 111/C2/01X) was the science officer on the commerical towing vessel The Nostromo in the 1979 in film science fiction film Alien. ... Foreshadowing is a literary device in which an author drops subtle hints about plot developments to come later in his story. ... German troops use a flamethrower on the Eastern Front during the Second World War A flamethrower is a mechanical device designed to throw flames or, more correctly, project an ignited stream of liquid. ... DVD is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for storing data, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... December 2 is the 336th day (337th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


See also

The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ...

External links


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Alien movie series
Alien | Aliens | Alien³ | Alien: Resurrection
Cross-overs
Alien vs. Predator
Relating to the Alien universe
Bishop | Ellen Ripley | LV-426 | Nostromo | United States Colonial Marines | Weyland-Yutani | Xenomorph | Yautja

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