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Encyclopedia > Aliens (1986 film)
Aliens

Film poster for Aliens
Directed by James Cameron
Produced by Gale Anne Hurd
Gordon Carroll
David Giler
Walter Hill
Written by James Cameron
David Giler (story)
Walter Hill (story)
Starring Sigourney Weaver
Michael Biehn
Lance Henriksen
Carrie Henn
Bill Paxton
Paul Reiser
Music by James Horner
Cinematography Adrian Biddle
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date July 18, 1986
Running time 137 min./154 min. (Special Edition)
Language English
Budget $18,500,000
Preceded by Alien
Followed by Alien³
IMDb profile

Aliens is a 1986 science fiction movie directed by James Cameron and starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Carrie Henn, Bill Paxton and Paul Reiser. It is a sequel to Ridley Scott's 1979 film Alien. A film poster for Aliens, contended as fair use. ... James Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a three-time Academy Award winning Canadian-born film director noted for his action/science fiction films, which are often extremely successful financially. ... Gale Anne Hurd (b. ... Walter Hill (born California 1942) is a prominent American film director. ... James Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a three-time Academy Award winning Canadian-born film director noted for his action/science fiction films, which are often extremely successful financially. ... Walter Hill (born California 1942) is a prominent American film director. ... Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, her most famous role. ... Michael Biehn in The Terminator Michael Biehn (born Tuesday, July 31, 1956 in Anniston, Alabama) is an American actor best known for his roles in The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), Tombstone (1993), and The Rock (1996). ... Lance Henriksen (born May 5, 1940 in New York City) is an American actor, painter, and potter. ... Carrie Henn at age 10 in Aliens (1986). ... Bill Paxton as Hudson in Aliens. ... Paul Reiser Paul Reiser (born March 30, 1957) is an American actor. ... James Horner James Horner (born August 14, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American composer of orchestral music. ... Adrian Biddle, (July 20, 1952 – December 7, 2005), was an English cinematographer. ... Fox Plaza, the company headquarters. ... July 18 is the 199th day (200th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 166 days remaining. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Alien (1979), a science-fiction/horror film, directed by Ridley Scott, kicked off a long succession of sequel films and related works set in the fictional world it depicts. ... Alien³ is a science fiction/horror movie that opened May 22, 1992. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ... James Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a three-time Academy Award winning Canadian-born film director noted for his action/science fiction films, which are often extremely successful financially. ... Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, her most famous role. ... Michael Biehn in The Terminator Michael Biehn (born Tuesday, July 31, 1956 in Anniston, Alabama) is an American actor best known for his roles in The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), Tombstone (1993), and The Rock (1996). ... Lance Henriksen (born May 5, 1940 in New York City) is an American actor, painter, and potter. ... Carrie Henn at age 10 in Aliens (1986). ... Bill Paxton as Hudson in Aliens. ... Paul Reiser Paul Reiser (born March 30, 1957) is an American actor. ... Sir Ridley Scott (born November 30, 1937 in South Shields) is an influential British film director and producer. ... This page refers to the year 1979. ... Alien (1979), a science-fiction/horror film, directed by Ridley Scott, kicked off a long succession of sequel films and related works set in the fictional world it depicts. ...

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Overview

The movie tells the story of a group of futuristic Marines (and the protagonist, Ripley, accompanying them) who are sent to investigate a terraforming base on a far-off planet, which turns out to have been overrun by an extremely deadly race of xenomorphic aliens that implant themselves into human hosts in order to incubate. Directed by James Cameron, from a story written by Cameron, David Giler & Walter Hill, the film is more of a high-paced, action-horror film than its predecessor, an atmospheric sci-fi/horror film. James Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a three-time Academy Award winning Canadian-born film director noted for his action/science fiction films, which are often extremely successful financially. ... Walter Hill (born California 1942) is a prominent American film director. ...


It was tremendously successful, and, directly following Cameron's The Terminator, helped him to establish himself as a major Hollywood director. The film, like its predecessor, was shot in England, this time at Pinewood Studios, with a budget of about $18 million. The work on the movie was beset by problems, being especially marred by disputes between Cameron and the film crew, which eventually led to an all-out strike late in the production. The Terminator is a 1984 science fiction-action film which became the break-through role for former body-builder Arnold Schwarzenegger. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the United Kingdom (light green), with the Republic of Ireland (blue) to its west Languages English Capital London Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population –mid-2004... Pinewood Studios is a major British film studio situated approximately 20 miles west of London among the pine trees on what was the estate of Heatherden Hall, near the village of Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire. ...


Plot

Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), the only human survivor of the encounter with the Alien aboard the Weyland-Yutani Corporation star-freighter Nostromo, is found in suspended animation (stasis) aboard the Nostromo's escape vessel by a deep-space salvage crew. She is subsequently 'awakened' from stasis onboard an unfamiliar (to her) space station located in orbit above Earth. During her recovery, she meets Carter Burke (Paul Reiser), a Weyland-Yutani executive, and questions him about the duration of her time in stasis and the status of her daughter. Burke reveals to her that she was adrift in deep space for 57 years and that her daughter lived out her life and died two years previously. Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley Ellen Ripley is a fictional character, the protagonist in the Alien movie series. ... Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, her most famous role. ... Weyland-Yutani is a fictional corporation in the motion picture Alien and its sequels. ... Suspended animation is the slowing without termination of life processes by external means. ... The term stasis has several meanings: A state of stabilty, in which all forces are equal and opposing, therefore they cancel out each other. ... Paul Reiser Paul Reiser (born March 30, 1957) is an American actor. ...


During an inquest, Ripley attempts to explain to various Weyland-Yutani officials why she destroyed the Nostromo and its valuable cargo, but the officials, reading from an action report prepared by Ripley, are incredulous as it describes, among other things, a creature that attaches itself to a host, has acid for blood, and matures so fast it was capable of wiping out the ship's crew in a span of about 24 hours. She tries to convince them of the xenomorphs' existence and the danger they present, but as there are no other crew members left alive to corroborate her report concerning the threat her rationale is dismissed. Compounding her frustration, she learns at the end of the inquest that Weyland-Yutani has returned to LV-426 (the planet where the Nostromo crew discovered the derelict space craft which was carrying the alien "eggs"), renamed the sphere Acheron and established there a terraforming colony called Hadley's Hope. The xenomorph is a fictional extraterrestrial life form of unknown origin from the Alien universe, created by writers Dan OBannon and Ronald Shusset. ... LV-426 as seen in Aliens LV-426, also known as Acheron and the home of the xenomorph, is the name of the fictitious moon (frequently but erroneously referred to as a planet) where the Alien was first encountered by humans in the movie Alien (1979) of the Alien Series. ... Artists conception of a terraformed Mars in three stages of development. ...


Ripley's worst fears are later confirmed when Burke comes to her tiny apartment and tells her that contact with Hadley's Hope has recently been lost. Initially, she refuses Burke's request to join him, with the support of the United States Colonial Marines, on a mission to investigate the communications breakdown. However, her reluctance is undermined by her recurring nightmares about the xenomorph and she subsequently agrees to join Burke following his assurances that the mission will be to destroy the creature(s) and not bring any back for research or profit, and that her flight status will be restored. Additional motivation is provided by the fact that she has nothing to lose, her friends and family are long dead, and this mission will allow her to confront her fears. (From left to right) USCM Pvt. ...


The expedition, comprised of Ripley, Burke, and a squad of Marines travels to Acheron aboard the warship Sulaco (like Nostromo, the name is a nod to Joseph Conrad.) Following the expedition members' emergence from stasis, Ripley conducts a mission briefing during which she discusses with the skeptical squad of gung-ho Marines the dangerous xenomorphs they will encounter. Once again, her warnings fall on deaf ears as the Marines believe that their superior firepower and training will be sufficient to deal with any possible threat. Image:Http://www2. ... The USCSS Ulysees Nostromo is a fictional starship, featured in the 1979 film Alien. ... Joseph Conrad. ... Gung-ho is a phrase borrowed from Chinese, frequently used in English as an adjective meaning enthusiastic. ...


Before touching down on the planet in a 'dropship' carrying an Assault Transport Vehicle (ATV) and the crew inside, Ripley gets acquainted with the Marines - among them, rock-solid Sergeant Apone (Al Matthews), mouthy Hudson (Bill Paxton), icy warrior Vasquez (Jenette Goldstein), and soft-spoken Hicks (Michael Biehn). She also discovers that one of the 'men', named Bishop (Lance Henriksen), is actually an android or 'artifical person'. Although Burke apologizes for not telling her that having a 'synthetic' onboard is now standard practice, she remains extremely suspicious of Bishop given her previous experience with the android Ash onboard the Nostromo. Ash tried to kill her and was complicit in the deaths of the Nostomo's crew following orders from Weyland-Yutani to recover a live xenomorph at the expense of her crewmates. She is also concerned about the continuing cocky attitude of the team. During the drop from orbit, she and the squad learn that the mission leader, Lieutenant Gorman (William Hope), is very inexperienced - Gorman had only completed two real combat drops (counting the current one). This information undermines the relatively little respect they had of him. Al Matthews (Detroit, Michigan, born September 2, 1944) is an American actor. ... Bill Paxton as Hudson in Aliens. ... Jenette Goldstein as Pvt. ... Michael Biehn in The Terminator Michael Biehn (born Tuesday, July 31, 1956 in Anniston, Alabama) is an American actor best known for his roles in The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), Tombstone (1993), and The Rock (1996). ... Lance Henriksen (born May 5, 1940 in New York City) is an American actor, painter, and potter. ... William Hope is a Canadian movie actor, born in 1949 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ...


Upon arrival at the colony's operations headquarters, Ripley and her companions quickly discover that the aliens attacked the colonists and the colony. Evidence comes at first from metal floor and ceiling grating throughout the complex that have been 'melted', i.e. catastophically damaged, as a result of contact with the aliens' acidic blood ("acid for blood," remarks Burke), apparent battle damage from small weapons fire, and various attempts at barricading doors. More concrete evidence is provided by the presence of facehugger specimens that the colonists collected from human hosts (as established from medical records) and held in glass tanks for analysis. Two of them are still alive as made clear by Burke's up-close, and foolhardy, look at one of the containers; fortunately for him, the facehugger proves unable to break through the glass. The colonists themselves, however, are nowhere to be found. Facehugger A Facehugger is the first stage in the life-cycle of the Xenomorph aliens seen in the Aliens movie series. ...


During the ongoing search of the base, they eventually find a sole human survivor - nicknamed "Newt", the furtive and traumatized young girl has managed to evade the xenomorphs by slipping unnoticed through the colony's system of ventilation and service ducts. Unfortunately, she initially remains mute due to her traumatic experiences and she cannot provide any useful information to the Marines.


While Ripley starts coaxing Newt out of her shell, Hudson is able to locate the majority of the colonists via transceivers that were implanted in each of them for just such a situation; they are bunched together just below the primary heat-exchangers of the atmospheric generators located a short distance from the main buildings. The expedition team hurry to the area aboard the ATV, leaving Bishop behind to examine the dead facehuggers. Once at their destination, the Marines dismount from the ATV under the leadership of Apone - leaving Lieutenant Gorman, Burke, Ripley and 'Newt' inside the ATV to watch the Marines' progress via helmet-mounted video cameras. Inside the atmospheric generator, they discover a large nest that appears to have been constructed from alien secretions. While searching the nest, Ripley realized that the they are immediately beneath important hardware that, if damaged by weapons fire, could result in the atmospheric generator exploding (it is a nuclear reactor that, as Burke indicates without irony, is very expensive). The Marines are ordered to remove the ammunition from their weapons and rely on flamethrowers only. This order is followed but Vasquez, her smart-gun compatriot Drake, and Hicks resort to backup ammunition (Vasquez/Drake) or a shotgun (Hicks).


The hardened, but brittle, alien secretions cover the walls, floor, and ceiling and the nest is seemingly uninhabited except for the masses of unfortunate colonists, their corpses fastened in cocoon-like fashion to the walls. One of the cocooned colonists is discovered to be alive and she marginally awakens. To Ripley's horror, she dies as a "baby" alien begins to burst through her ribcage, forcing the team to incinerate the helpless woman and the squealing organism with a flametrower.


At this point, the Marines pick up multiple signals on their hand-held motion trackers indicating 'movement' coming from all directions; the xenomorphs that were lying dormant in the walls begin to attack. Due to the Marines' inability to see the aliens in the dark confines of the nest, the aliens' non-detectability using infrared sensors, and the previously stated removal of ammunition, the squad is quickly decimated. Apone, among others, is killed leaving the remaining squad members leaderless and cut off. Ripley, Burke and a panicked Gorman try to direct the squad. When Gorman proves to be useless, Ripley takes charge. She drives the ATV to the squad's location, crashes the vehicle into the nest, and rescues the handful of remaining soldiers, escaping out of the generator building at the cost of wrecking the ATV.


The squad is clearly defeated. With Hudson injured and Gorman unconscious as a result of falling equipment in the ATV, Hicks (the ranking soldier) assumes command. Over Burke's protests, he agrees with Ripley that levelling the colony from space with a thermonuclear weapon is the best way to handle the situation as there is no one left to save an it is the only way to be certain that the aliens will be destroyed. Before they can be evacuated by the dropship, the 2-person crew of the dropship (which was on the ground on standby) is killed during flight by an adult xenomorph that had slipped aboard the ship. The vessel crashes into the generator complex. With no alternative, the survivors return to the operations headquarters and set up a defensive position utilizing automated guns recovered from the remains of the ATV and barricading significant entry points/doors by welding them closed.


During this time, Ripley puts Newt down to sleep in the med-lab, and promises that she will protect the girl from the 'monsters', come what may. While there, Ripley tells Bishop to burn the two surviving facehuggers as soon as his analysis of them is done. Bishop responds that Burke wanted the organisms to be frozen and quarantined for shipment. Ripley then confronts Burke, telling him that she knows he, after hearing her story at the inquest, ordered the colonists to search for the derelict spacecraft which originally housed the alien eggs. Burke informs her that Weyland-Yutani is willing to pay a substantial sum for alien specimens, and that he is willing to share his profits with her if she cooperates. She responds that she will see him 'nailed to the wall' for his part in the massacre. Quarantine, a medical term (from Italian: quaranta giorni, forty days) is the act of keeping people or animals separated for a period of time before, for instance, allowing them to enter another country. ... The Derelict The Derelict was the name given to the long-wrecked spacecraft discovered by the crew of the Nostromo on the planet LV-426 whilst responding to an SOS signal in the 1979 science fiction film, Alien. ...


A major xenomorph attack begins; their advance is halted by the automated tracking guns, which use up most of their ammunition. The barricades remain unbreached for the time being, but the aliens are still out there, probing for an unguarded entry-point, when Bishop announces that the atmospheric generator is damaged (as a result of gunfire from the earlier battle and/or the dropship crashing into it) and that it, and everything in the immediate vicinity, will be detroyed in a matter of hours in a nuclear blast. Clearly if they are to prevail the survivors must get the other dropship from the Sulaco. Bishop volunteers to travel to the transciever station at the other end of the colony complex (via a crawl through a duct) in order to activate the other dropship and remotely fly it down to the surface to pick up the remaining survivors.


After his departure, Ripley goes to check on Newt and falls asleep beside her. She wakes up suddenly to find herself and Newt locked in the soundproof med-lab with the two facehuggers that have escaped their glass containers, placed in the room by Burke. Ripley set off a fire-alarm and she and Newt are rescued by the Marines. After the destruction of the two facehuggers, she informs the group that Burke had planned to have Newt and Ripley impregnated by the creatures then sabotage the Marines' hypersleep capsules on the Sulaco and dispose of them while en route back to Earth.


They debate executing Burke for his scheme (Ripley: "I don't know which species is worse...you don't see them fucking each other over for a goddamn percentage"), but before they can reach a consensus, the aliens cut the power and pour into operations, slipping in through a gap in the overhead ducting/roofwork. In the confusion, Burke escapes and locks a door separating himself from the other humans, only to turn and find himself face-to-face with one of the invaders.


On the other side of the door, a spectacular firefight ensues. The Marines fight heroically killing one alien after the other but, due to the number of swarming attackers, are forced to fall back before the charging xenomorphs. After Hudson is pulled through the floor, fighting to his last breath, Newt guides the group away through the ventilation system she used to stay alive before the arrival of the Marines. Vasquez and a revived Gorman kill themselves with a grenade after being cut off and surrounded. The resulting explosion causes Newt to slip off of a large ventilation fan, slide down a long air duct and into the reservoir of the plumbing system. Before Hicks and Ripley can rescue her, she is captured. Ripley and Hicks reach Bishop just as he finishes bringing down the other dropship.


Hicks is badly injured after killing an alien at close range and being sprayed with its acidic blood. Ripley tends to him, orders Bishop to wait on standby as she collects weapons and goes back to rescue Newt. She finds the girl cocconed in the previously described nest just in time to save her from impregnation, but in their haste to escape, they stumble into the xenomorph primary egg chamber where the Alien Queen (several times larger than the typical alien) is laying her eggs. Ripley uses her flamethrower to persuade the queen to call off her warriors, but after seeing two eggs hatch, she incinerates the nest. This enrages the queen into ripping free of her egg-sac and pursuing the two humans. With the queen snapping at their heels, Ripley and Newt manage to board the dropship and escape just before the reactor blows up, destroying the colony and, presumably, all of the aliens.


Once aboard the Sulaco, all seems well, but as Ripley compliments Bishop for his skill in piloting the dropship, the android is abruptly impaled from behind by the queen's barbed tail and torn in half -- the creature managed to hitch a ride on the dropship's landing gear. Ripley and Newt separate, with Newt attempting to evade capture under the loading dock's grated floor. Ripley frantically jumps into a powerloader, a mechanical exosuit used mainly for cargo lifting. She emerges as the queen chases Newt, the girl she has poured all of her frustrated maternal love into, shouting "Get away from her, you bitch!"


During an intense battle between the two in the Sulaco's hangar, Ripley manages to lift the creature up and drop her into a large vertical airlock. However, the exosuited Ripley is pulled inside as well. After a close escape, she opens the outer door of the ship and expels the alien into space; the badly-damaged but still-functional Bishop grabs Newt as she, and the air in the hangar around them, is evacuated through the open airlock, saving the girl from sharing the queen's fate. With some difficulty, Ripley manages to close the airlock's inner door. Newt runs to her, and as they embrace, calls her "Mommy". An airlock is a device which permits the passage of objects, people, and the like, between a pressure vessel and its surrounding space while minimizing the change of pressure—and loss of air—in the vessel. ...


Along with Bishop and Hicks, Ripley and Newt enter hypersleep capsules as the Sulaco begins the long journey back home. Ripley and Newt are both free to dream again.

Analysis

The story adds much to the overall mythos of the series, including Cameron's introduction of an insect-like social structure and life cycle for the xenomorphs, and is notable for its portrayal of strong women in leading action roles. It also re-introduces an android, this time in an extremely sympathetic role. Bishop, is also the only character except Ripley (and her cat, Jonesy) to appear, more or less alive, in more than one film in the series. Look up mythos in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Bishop as seen in Aliens Bishop 341-B is a fictional character from the Alien series of films, an android created by the Weyland-Yutani corporation. ...


Gun violence

Sigourney Weaver, who holds strong views on gun control, has stated that she was deeply uncomfortable with the amount of gun violence in the movie, most especially the fact that Ripley would be required to strap on firearms herself. However, she admitted she ended up enjoying the firearms training she received, and that this only added to the strength inherent in her character. She has also admitted that the gunplay held a seductive appeal. She talks about her opinions on gun violence on the Alien Quadrilogy DVD, and spoke at length on the subject in several articles in Starlog magazine in the 80's, mentioning that she was a bit more at ease with the guns because they were depicted being used 'against monsters and not other human beings'. The term gun politics refers to the various public policy debates surrounding the freedom or restriction (gun rights versus gun control) of private ownership and usage of firearms, and to what extent such policy influences crime and the balance of power between the individual and the state. ... The Alien Quadrilogy collection is a nine-disc box set. ...


List of Conceptual Weapons

As noted below, the weapons in Aliens seemed to be mostly based around updated versions of modern armaments. Indeed, the two main weapons in the film were built around the basic frames of existing weapons:

  • M-41A pulse rifle with underslung 30mm grenade launcher — the basic armament of the Colonial Marines, this was, as mentioned in the Trivia section, actually a remodelled Thompson submachine gun with a Franchi SPAS 12 pump-action shotgun welded beneath the barrel to act as a grenade launcher. In the film, the M-41A was portrayed as a compact, angular assault rifle with an impressive rate of fire, using 10mm caseless explosive-point ammunition. It is seen in action in the Colonial Marines' various confrontations with the aliens, not to mention Ripley's epic battle through the Atmosphere processor towards the end, and has significant stopping power — enough to blow an alien in two with a single burst.
  • M-56A2 Smartgun — based on a modified MG-42 general-purpose machine gun, this was the Colonial Marine's tactical heavy support unit, and was portrayed as an auto-targeting computerized chain gun steadied by a suit-mounted battle mounting (actually a Steadicam harness — see Trivia). It was used to devastating effect against the aliens by the two smartgunners, Vasquez and Drake, during the chaotic battle under the heat exchangers midway through the film.
  • M-240A1 Incinerator — a futuristic-looking flamethrower unit, this powerful weapon was used to incinerate countless aliens during the Marines' battles and Ripley's epic Atmosphere Processor attack. Built using M16 and M203 parts, it fired a napalm compound with excellent adhesive properties but ran out of ammunition very quickly when used in extended bursts.
  • UA 571-C Sentry Gun — essentially a Smartgun with a motion sensor, set up on a tripod base. This robotic sentry gun used high-powered 10mm explosive rounds and supported extremely high rates of fire. When the Marines were sheltering in the Operations Centre, they set up four of these guns to guard the entrances. The guns destroyed dozens of aliens, but quickly ran out of ammo.
  • Shotgun — This shotgun, which resembles an Ithaca stakeout 12-gauge shotgun was used by Hicks. It is seen in the movie when Hicks pulls it off of his back inside the alien nest after the marines are forced to surrender their pulse rifle ammo. When the marines are fleeing the ambush at the alien nest, Pvt. Hudson uses this shotgun and puts it into the mouth of the alien that is trying to enter the transport.

Thompson M1A1, with 30-round detachable box-type magazine The Thompson, also known as the Tommy Gun, was a family of American submachine guns that became infamous during the Prohibition era. ... Caliber: 12 gauge Action: Pump-action / gas-actuated Mass: 4. ... The AK-47 is the worlds most common assault rifle. ... The Maschinengewehr 1942, or MG42, is a German machine gun, first manufactured in 1942 as the successor to the MG34. ... The M242 25mm Chain gun A chain gun is a type of machine gun or autocannon that uses an external source of power, rather than recoil, to cycle the weapon. ... M16 is the U.S. military designation for a family of rifles derived from the ArmaLite AR-15 and further developed by Colt. ... M203 generally refers to the U.S. Militarys designation for a single shot 40 mm grenade launcher that attaches to the M16 assault rifle or the M4 Carbine. ...

View of Futuristic Weapons Re-imagined

Aliens was part of a wave of films that defied the common assumption that futuristic guns and weapons would be variations on energy beam firing devices such as lasers, plasma or particle emitters; most notably the blaster weapons of Star Wars or the multisetting stun/kill/vaporize beam of the often imitated Star Trek phaser. In Aliens, weapons are depicted as simply more advanced versions of today's weapons. They still fire bullets or projectiles instead of clean "death ray" beams. The primary weapon of the Colonial Marines in the movie is an assault rifle/grenade launcher combination weapon similar in many respects to the contemporary assault rifles fielded by many modern armies. Even the more "high-tech" SmartGun used by two characters in the movie are little more than partially self-guiding versions of conventional squad-support machine guns. (A description of the actual construction of these weapons can be found below in Trivia.) However, a concession was made to technophiles during one sequence of the film, omitted in the theatrical release but later reintroduced in the Director's Cut sold on VHS and DVD. In this short scene, one of the marines lists several decidedly non-conventional weapons including a particle beam weapon, "phased-plasma pulse" weapons, as well as apparently advanced sonic weapons. For alternative meanings see laser (disambiguation). ... A Plasma lamp, illustrating some of the more complex phenomena of a plasma, including filamentation A solar coronal mass ejection blasts plasma throughout the solar system. ... In particle physics, an elementary particle is a particle of which other, larger particles are composed. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into List of Star Wars weapons. ... The cover of the 2004 DVD widescreen release of the modified original Star Wars Trilogy. ... Star Trek is an American science-fiction franchise spanning six unique television series and ten feature films, in addition to hundreds of novels, computer and video games, fan stories, and other works of fiction. ... In the Star Trek fictional universe, a phaser is a beam (or directed-energy) weapon most commonly used by the Federation Starfleet. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with energy weapon. ... The M56 Smart Gun is a fictional squad automatic weapon used by the United States Colonial Marines in the movie Aliens. ...


The Colonial Marines' battleship, the Sulaco, features a mixed, more typically futuristic arsenal, including atomic weaponry. Image:Http://www2. ...


Genre Parallels

The film conforms to the majority of the common traits of the Western, as laid out in Will Wright's Sixguns and Society (University of California Press 1977). However, as the film borrows from and adapts so many genres and themes, it is more useful to classify it as an action-based sci-fi/horror film, with several developed subplots. Look up West in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Indeed, it is one of the most surprising aspects of all of James Cameron's films that each contains a moving love story -- whether that of a soldier for a woman he had only met in his dreams (The Terminator), a mother for her newfound adopted daughter (Aliens), a husband for his estranged wife ('The Abyss', 'True Lies'), a boy for a strong robotic father-figure ('Terminator 2: Judgement Day'), or two doomed teenagers ('Titanic'). The Abyss is an award-winning science fiction film from 1989, written and directed by James Cameron, starring Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Michael Biehn. ... True Lies is a 1994 action movie directed by James Cameron. ... Terminator 2: Judgment Day (commonly abbreviated T2) is a 1991 movie directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Robert Patrick. ... Look up titanic in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Accolades

Aliens was nominated for seven Academy Awards and ended up winning two (Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects). Sigourney Weaver received her first Academy Award nomination (Best Actress) for this film. Although Weaver did not win, it was considered a milestone for a Best Actress nomination to be granted to a science fiction/horror film, a genre that is usually given precious little recognition by the Academy, even today. Weaver has credited this reprise of her earlier role with placing her in serious contention for other leading female roles, and giving a significant boost to her career. Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent film awards in the United States and most watched awards ceremony in the world. ... This is a list of films that have won or been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Sound Effects (1963-1967, 1975), Sound Effects Editing (1977, 1981-1999), or Sound Editing (1979, 2000-present). ... The Academy Award for Visual Effects is an Oscar given to one film each year that shows highest achievement in visual effects. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ...


Another actor whose career benefited from Aliens was surely Bill Paxton who plays Hudson. Hudson, especially in the Special Edition, is perhaps the most gung ho and arrogant of the marines, only to descend into self-pity and near-madness when confronted with the aliens themselves, ultimately redeeming himself as he defiantly battles to the death when swarmed by the xenomorphs. Paxton's portrayal of the role through these facets endears the audience to the character, at first we are cynical of his confidence, then sympathetic to his pessimistic and reluctant attitude throughout the second act and finally we like him because he continues to fight after it is clear he will die shortly. Bill Paxton as Hudson in Aliens. ... Gung-ho is a phrase borrowed from Chinese, frequently used in English as an adjective meaning enthusiastic. ...


Some of his lines during his pessimistic stage may be seen as a comic relief, sometimes understating an intense scene in retrospect or exaggerating the hopelessness ahead: "Maybe you haven't been keeping up on current events, but we just got our asses kicked, pal!" Pessimism, generally, describes a belief that things are bad, and tend to become worse; or that looks to the eventual triumph of evil over good; it contrasts with optimism, the contrary belief in the goodness and betterment of things generally. ... Comic relief is the inclusion of a humorous character or scene or witty dialogue in an otherwise serious work, often to relieve tension. ...


Impact

The depiction of the female characters, especially Ripley and the ultra-macho Private Vasquez, as fearless warriors made a considerable impression in the North American perception of women in action films, particularly in futuristic science fiction. The medic, Corporal Dietrich, and Pilot Ferro both demonstrated a professional competence in their military roles, a major difference from previous films in which most females lacked such strength and apparent sense of duty. Since Aliens, it grew to be expected in futuristic stories that the female characters be as ready to bear arms and do battle on an equal basis with the male characters. World map showing North America A satellite composite image of North America. ... Action movies usually involve a fairly straightforward story of good guys versus bad guys, where most disputes are resolved by using physical force. ...


The film heavily influenced many later science fiction works to depict a more realistic world that looks 'lived in': while in Star Trek, the sets and equipment usually look pristine, in Aliens they look 'banged up', like they've been given makeshift repairs over time. The film is often cited as an influence by writers and video-game designers who are designing a realistic-looking, near-future military. The Colonial Marine Corps has been used as a template in the 1998 movie Starship Troopers, the 1995-1996 TV series Space: Above and Beyond, the popular RTS computer game Star Craft and the Halo video game series. One also feels that the look of the Nebuchadnezzar of 'The Matrix' trilogy owes much to the Sulaco. The relevance of particular information in (or previously in) this article or section is disputed. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Space: Above and Beyond was a short-lived 1990s American science fiction television show, created and written by Glen Morgan and James Wong. ... StarCraft (SC) is a real-time strategy computer game produced by Blizzard Entertainment in 1998. ... Halo: Combat Evolved, or simply Halo, is a video game in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, created by the Microsoft-owned Bungie Studios. ... This article is about computer and video games. ... Nebuchadnezzar was the name of several kings of Babylonia. ... The Matrix is a science-fiction/action film first released in the USA on March 31, 1999, written and directed by Larry and Andy Wachowski. ...


Versions

The theatrical running time of Aliens was 137 minutes. Later, James Cameron cut together a 154 minute Special Edition (a true Director's Cut, since Cameron was forced to release the theatrical cut to fit a contractually mandated two-hour-and-fifteen-minute running length against his better judgment) that contained the daughter subplot, as well as scenes of the colony before the alien infestation, and extra battle scenes involving the marines' robot sentries. A Directors cut is a specially edited version of a movie that is supposed to represent the directors own approved edit of the movie. ...


The original theatrical cut introduces an element of uncertainty into the proceedings—the backstory exploring the fate of Newt's parents is not shown, and the audience is thus unaware of what has transpired beforehand. The scenes with Ripley's daughter and the robotic gun sentries provide subplots in themselves. However, some fans of the movie prefer the original theatrical release (the idea that the audience ought to know as much as the characters do, upon their arrival on LV-426, is crucial from this perspective) and consider the extra scenes in the Special Edition to be superfluous, despite the wishes of the director.


This Special Edition was first released on laserdisc and VHS in 1992 and in The Alien Legacy in 2001. Both versions of the film were released together for the first time in the 2003 Alien Quadrilogy DVD box set. Pioneers LaserDisc Logo Laserdisc certification mark The Laser Disc (LD) was the first commercial optical disc storage medium, and was used primarily for the presentation of movies. ... Top view VHS cassette with U.S. 25c coin for scale Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS or simply as Video, is a recording and playing standard for video cassette recorders (VCRs), developed by JVC (with some... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... The Alien Legacy is the first boxed set of the Alien series: Alien Aliens Alien³ Alien: Resurrection The collection was released on August 21, 2001. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Alien Quadrilogy collection is a nine-disc box set. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Video games

Direct Licenses

In 1990, Konami released an arcade game, Aliens, based on the movie. The game is an isometric-perspective 3-axis run and gun side-scroller (similar to Midway's NARC), where you play as either Ripley (Player 1) or Hicks (Player 2). Because it introduces additional monsters such as winged xenomorphs, giant spiders infested with chest-bursters, and undead soldiers, the game is not very true to the series. Still, the plot elements of the film will be apparent to fans of the series who play the game. Konami Corporation (コナミ) TYO: 9766 (NYSE: KNM) (SGX: K20) is a leading developer and publisher of numerous popular and strong-selling computer and video games. ... Contra, the quintessential run and gun A run and gun (also known as run n gun or for some variants, overhead shooter) is a sub-genre of video games that incorporates elements from shoot em up games and platform games. ...


The marine campaigns in the Aliens Versus Predator computer games are heavily influenced by the action sequences of this movie, much more so than by the prequels and sequels. To date (Autumn 2004) there have been two Aliens versus Predator games released for the PC and Mac. ...


Influence

The influence of Aliens on the video game industry is undeniable. The seminal first-person shooter Doom presented an environment quite similar to that of the colony in Aliens, complete with dark corridors and flickering lights, patrolled by space marines wielding futuristic upgrades of modern weapons (including a shotgun). It could be said that the corridor crawl sub-classification of the first-person shooter genre owes itself completely to the vision conceptualized in Aliens. It has been suggested that Doom clone be merged into this article or section. ... Doom (or DOOM)[1] is a 1993 computer game by id Software that is among the landmark titles in the first-person shooter genre. ... It has been suggested that Doom clone be merged into this article or section. ...


Specific instances of Aliens' influence on gaming:

  • The digital ammo counter on FPS machine guns in games like Unreal and Halo was influenced by the M41A pulse rifle.
  • The concept of a weapon with secondary-fire mode was influenced by the the M41A pulse rifle with its grenade launching capabilities. This concept was first heavily used in the game Unreal Tournament.
  • Halo and Halo 2 feature a character named Sargeant Avery J. Johnson who is heavily influenced by the character Sargeant Apone.
  • Starcraft is heavy with Aliens influence, including a Xenomorph-like species, the Zerg, and a human species complete with space marines, Terrans.
  • The machine gun sentry turrets in the game Half-Life 2 look similar to and serve the same purpose as the UA 571-C Sentry Guns.
  • A female character in the game Duke Nukem 3D is covered in "alien goo" and begs that the player kill her.

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Trivia

  • When Jenette Goldstein heard about casting for the film Aliens, she mistakenly thought that the film was about illegal aliens and came to the audition wearing lots of make-up and long hair. This incident was later used as an inside joke in the film's shooting script.
  • The 19-foot queen alien model is currently on display at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, as of 2005. It is on loan from its owner and an advisory board member of the museum, James Cameron.
  • Burke tells Bishop that Ash from the original mission was a "Hyperdyne" model of android; this is an inside joke by James Cameron as the the Terminator in his film of the same name was a "Cyberdyne" model.
  • The Alien nest set wasn't dismantled after filming. It was unused until several years later when it was used as the Axis Chemicals set for Batman in 1989. When the crew of Batman first entered the set, they found most of the Alien nest still intact.
  • Apparently, names of some Marine characters were drawn from A Bridge too Far, Cornelius Ryan's account of the Operation Market Garden in WWII. Gorman, Wierzbowski, Hicks et al feature as prominent actors in the book.
  • Composer James Horner stated in an interview that he felt that James Cameron had not given him enough time to write a musical score for the film. Because of this he said he was forced to cannibalize previous scores he had done as well as adapt a rendition of "Gayane Ballet Suite" for the main and end titles. Horner stated that the tensions with Cameron were so high during post-production that he assumed they would never work together again. Cameron, however, was so impressed with Horner's score from Braveheart that he later asked him to compose the score for Titanic.
  • "Sulaco" is the name of the town in Joseph Conrad's Nostromo, which was the name of the ship in Alien. Ridley Scott, director of Alien, is an admirer of Conrad's.
  • The weapons used by the marines are all based on real, fully functional weapons. The pulserifle is made from a Thompson SMG with an attached Remington 870 shotgun that was mounted in a Franchi SPAS-12 barrel shroud, while the smartguns carried by Vasquez and Drake are based around the MG-42 machinegun, and are maneuvered with the help of a steadicam harness.
  • The film contains numerous (and often somewhat obscure) nods to Robert A. Heinlein's "Starship Troopers." The references to "bug hunts," "drops," and having female pilots all echo Heinlein's work. (In a discussion about the then-upcoming film version of "Starship Troopers," Harlan Ellison wondered aloud why anyone would make the film, since in his opinion it had already been made, and was called "Aliens.")
  • The film has had huge influence on the Bungie Studios' Halo video game, as well as a few references in games like Blizzard's StarCraft and Westwood's Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun as the dropships look remarkably similar. In Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun, GDI's Orca Fighters were loosely modelled on the dropship, and GDI's Amphibious APC is also loosely modelled on the APC in this particular movie. In the Halo series, the marines have the same 'Gung-ho' attitude to killing aliens, and even the sergeant says the famous line, Go go go! The corps ain't payin' us by the hour! "The Sarge" --Sergeant Johnson-- is even a hard-talking veteran black man, like Apone. In addition the Xenomorphs could also be compared to The Flood who also leach onto humans to reprodce.
  • In the Family Guy episode 'Da Boom,' Stewie Griffin mimics Hudson's lines from the movie: "Game over, man! Game over!"
  • The optional director and cast audio commentary on the film included in the Alien Quadrilogy DVD box set has the director and cast talking about their disappointment with the "Alien 3" film, and Weaver (jokingly) mentioning how she only agreed to do "Aliens 4" because she wanted to prevent the making of the "Aliens vs. Predator" film.
  • Paul Reiser (Burke) mentioned a humorous story in his book Couplehood, about how early in his marriage when he was a struggling comedian and actor, he and his wife one day made a playful list of celebrities they were "allowed" to cheat with. One person on his list was Sigourney Weaver. This made for much playful teasing of his wife when he was cast in Aliens.
  • In the cut scene where Burke shows Ripley a picture of her aged daughter, Amanda (Amy) McClaren, it is actually a photo of Sigourney Weaver's real life mother, Elizabeth Inglis.
  • Carrie Henn (Newt) never appeared in another role in film or television. She is currently a school teacher.
  • Carrie Henn's brother Christopher appeared in Aliens as Newt's brother, Timmy. The scene was cut from the original release, but is available on the Special Edition DVD or the European Edition VHS.
  • In Halo/Halo 2, The Humans use a Pelican that is based on the UD-4L Cheyenne Dropship .
  • The two hospital levels of the PC game Ghost Master feature mortals with modified names of the Aliens cast and their characters (first name of the actor and last name of their character) with patient descriptions that match their fates in the film.
  • In the Mary Gentle novel Grunts, a squad of orcish marines reports in via a Corporal Hikz - this coming specifically at a time when large, chitinous insectile aliens with acid blood are threatening the planet.

Six Degrees of (Aliens) Separation aka The Aliens Effect...? Jenette Goldstein as Pvt. ... An illegal immigrant is a person who either enters a country illegally, or who enters legally but subsequently violates the terms of their visa, permanent resident permit or refugee permit. ... Sculpture near the entrance of the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame bills itself as the worlds premiere science fiction museum. ... The T-800 (full designation: Cyberdyne Systems Series 800-850 Model 101) is a cyborg, programmed to kill, in the fictional universe of the Terminator movies. ... The Terminator is a 1984 science fiction-action film which became the break-through role for former body-builder Arnold Schwarzenegger. ... The Cyberdyne Systems Corporation is a fictional company depicted in The Terminator films, as well as various novels and comic books all taking place in the Terminator universe. ... Batman was released in U.S. theaters on June 23, 1989 by Warner Bros. ... James Horner James Horner (born August 14, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American composer of orchestral music. ... Gayane (sometimes written Gayaneh or Gayne) is a ballet in 4 acts with music by Aram Khachaturian. ... Braveheart is an epic American motion picture released in 1995 based on the life of William Wallace, a national hero in Scotland. ... For other uses, see Titanic (disambiguation). ... Image:Http://www2. ... Joseph Conrad. ... Nostromo is a 1904 novel by Polish-born British novelist Joseph Conrad, set in the fictitious South American republic of Costaguana. ... Sir Ridley Scott (born November 30, 1937 in South Shields) is an influential British film director and producer. ... Thompson M1A1, with 30-round detachable box-type magazine The Thompson, also known as the Tommy Gun, was a family of American submachine guns that became infamous during the Prohibition era. ... US Air Force issue Remington 870 known as the M870. ... Caliber: 12 gauge Action: Pump-action/gas-actuated Mass: 4. ... The Maschinengewehr 1942, or MG42, is a German machine gun, first manufactured in 1942 as the successor to the MG34. ... To film this recreated Victorian London street scene, the cameraman next to the lamp post is using a steadicam and wearing the harness required to support it. ... Harlan Jay Ellison (born May 27, 1934) is a prolific American writer of short stories, novellas, essays, and criticism. ... Bungie Studios is an American video game developer founded in 1991 under the name Bungie Software Products Corporation (more popularly shortened to just Bungie Software) by two undergraduate students at the University of Chicago, Alex Seropian and Jason Jones. ... Halo around the sun at the South Pole (NOAA) Halo around the sun at temperate latitude. ... This article is about computer and video games. ... Blizzards are characterized by high winds and blinding precipitation Sudden blizzards can cause terrible damage to infrastructure as well as danger to human life. ... StarCraft (SC) is a real-time strategy computer game by Blizzard Entertainment. ... The Flood can refer to different things: The Flood is an alien lifeform in the Halo video game series. ... Family Guy is an American animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for FOX in 1999. ... Da Boom is an episode from the second season of the FOX animated television series Family Guy. ... Ghost Master is a puzzle/strategy game for the PC. It is among a small selection of games that pit the player in the role of the enemy (see also Dungeon Keeper). ... Mary Rosalyn Gentle (1956—) is a UK science fiction and fantasy author. ... Grunts is a fictional novel by Mary Gentle. ...

  • Director James Cameron has been known to use Aliens actors in other films. Michael Biehn (Hicks), Lance Henrickson (Bishop) and Bill Paxton (Hudson) all appeared in the first Terminator film. Jenette Goldstein (Vasquez) appeared in 'Terminator 2' and 'Titanic'. Biehn was also in 'The Abyss'. Bill Paxton has also appeared in 'True Lies' and 'Titanic'.
  • Bill Paxton and Lance Henriksen are also the only actors to have been killed by The Terminator (Terminator 1), an Alien and a Predator ('Predator 2' for Paxton, 'Aliens vs. Predator' for Henriksen).
  • Kathryn Bigelow (now Cameron's ex wife, though at the time they were married) directed 'Near Dark', a vampire movie starring Aliens alumni Henricksen, Goldstein and Paxton. She also directed the music video for the New Order song, "Touched by the Hand of God", which starred Bill Paxton.
  • Paxton and Biehn appeared together in Tombstone as well as Navy Seals. (Navy Seals also had Rick Rossovich, a Terminator alumnus.)
  • Lance Henricksen also starred in Pumpkinhead, the first directing effort by Aliens special effects wizard Stan Winston
  • In a South Park episode entitled Cat Orgy, Cartman is shown watching a cartoon-version of Aliens on TV, specifically the scene where Newt says" we better be getting back because it'll be dark soon and they mostly come at night...mostly." Later in the episode, Cartman repeats the "mostly" line to himself.
  • When the Marine viewpoints are seen on monitors via their helmet cameras, their surnames and first initial are shown on the read-out. With the exception of Hicks, the first name initials are that of the actors who played the respective marines: W. Hudson, J. Vasquez, A. Apone, etc.

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Licenced Toys

  • Micro Machines The rare US. larger size action fleet drop ship has been asking for as much as $100.00, somewhat less in other language packaging. A set of 3 of the standard size toys normally retail for $50.00, far more than the average vintage Micro Machines sets.

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Prequel

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Alien Quadrilogy

  1. 1979: Alien, directed by Ridley Scott
  2. 1986: Aliens, directed by James Cameron
  3. 1992: Alien³, directed by David Fincher
  4. 1997: Alien: Resurrection, directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

// Events March 5 - Production begins on Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. ... Alien (1979), a science-fiction/horror film, directed by Ridley Scott, kicked off a long succession of sequel films and related works set in the fictional world it depicts. ... Sir Ridley Scott (born November 30, 1937 in South Shields) is an influential British film director and producer. ... // Events April 12 - Actor Morgan Mason marries The Go-Gos Belinda Carlisle Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger marries television journalist Maria Shriver. ... James Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a three-time Academy Award winning Canadian-born film director noted for his action/science fiction films, which are often extremely successful financially. ... This is a list of film-related events in 1992. ... Alien³ is a science fiction/horror movie that opened May 22, 1992. ... David Fincher on the set of Zodiac. ... 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 (born 3 September 1953) is a French film director. ...

Cast

Actor Role
Sigourney Weaver Lieutenant Ellen Ripley
Carrie Henn Rebecca 'Newt' Jorden
Michael Biehn Corporal Dwayne Hicks
Lance Henriksen L. Bishop
Paul Reiser Carter J. Burke
Bill Paxton Private W. Hudson
William Hope Lieutenant S. Gorman
Jenette Goldstein Private J. Vasquez
Al Matthews Sergeant A. Apone
Mark Rolston Private M. Drake
Colette Hiller Corporal C. Ferro
Daniel Kash Private D. Spunkmeyer
Cynthia Scott Corporal C. Dietrich
Ricco Ross Private R. Frost
Tip Tipping Private T. Crowe
Trevor Steedman Private T. Wierzbowski
Paul Maxwell Van Leuwen
Barbara Coles Cocooned Woman (aka Mary)
Alibe Parsons Med Tech

Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, her most famous role. ... Carrie Henn at age 10 in Aliens (1986). ... Michael Biehn in The Terminator Michael Biehn (born Tuesday, July 31, 1956 in Anniston, Alabama) is an American actor best known for his roles in The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), Tombstone (1993), and The Rock (1996). ... Lance Henriksen (born May 5, 1940 in New York City) is an American actor, painter, and potter. ... Paul Reiser Paul Reiser (born March 30, 1957) is an American actor. ... Bill Paxton as Hudson in Aliens. ... William Hope is a Canadian movie actor, born in 1949 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... Jenette Goldstein as Pvt. ... Al Matthews (Detroit, Michigan, born September 2, 1944) is an American actor. ... Mark Rolston (R) in Aliens Mark Rolston (December 7, 1956 - ) an American actor, born in Baltimore, Maryland. ... Ricco Ross (born April 16, 1960 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor. ... Timothy Tipping (1958 – February 5, 1993), better known as Tip Tipping, was a British movie stuntman. ... Trevor Steedman is a stunt actor. ... Paul Maxwell (b. ... Barbara Coles played Cocooned Woman in Aliens. ... Alibe Parsons is an actress who has worked extensively in both film and television. ...

Crew

Who Position
James Cameron Director and Screenwriter
Gale Anne Hurd Producer
David Giler Executive Producer
Walter Hill Executive Producer
Gordon Carroll Exectutive Producer
Adrian Biddle Cinematographer (replaced Dick Bush)
Ray Lovejoy Editor
Stan Winston Creature SFX
James Horner Composer

James Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a three-time Academy Award winning Canadian-born film director noted for his action/science fiction films, which are often extremely successful financially. ... Gale Anne Hurd (b. ... Walter Hill (born California 1942) is a prominent American film director. ... Adrian Biddle, (July 20, 1952 – December 7, 2005), was an English cinematographer. ... Stan Winston (born April 7, 1946), is an American professional special effects and makeup artist. ... James Horner James Horner (born August 14, 1953 in Los Angeles, California) is an American composer of orchestral music. ...

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Alien movie series
Alien | Aliens | Alien³ | Alien: Resurrection
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