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Encyclopedia > Aliens (film)
This article is about the film; for the video games see Aliens (Square computer game) and Aliens (arcade game).
Aliens

The original 1986 theatrical poster
Directed by James Cameron
Produced by Gale Anne Hurd
Gordon Carroll
David Giler
Walter Hill
Written by Story:
James Cameron
David Giler
Walter Hill
Screenplay:
James Cameron
Starring Sigourney Weaver
Michael Biehn
Lance Henriksen
Carrie Henn
Paul Reiser
Bill Paxton
Music by James Horner
Cinematography Adrian Biddle
Editing by Ray Lovejoy
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) July 18, 1986
Running time Theatrical Cut:
137 min.
Special Edition:
154 min.
Country Flag of the United States United States
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $18,500,000
Gross revenue $131,060,248[1]
Preceded by Alien
Followed by Alien 3
Allmovie profile
IMDb profile

Aliens is a 1986 science fiction/action film starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, and Bill Paxton. A sequel to the 1979 film Alien, Aliens is set fifty-seven years after the first film and is regarded by many film critics as a benchmark for the action and science fiction genres.[2][3] In Aliens, Weaver's character Ellen Ripley returns to the planet where she first encountered the hostile Alien; this time she is accompanied by a unit of Colonial Marines. Image File history File links Mergefrom. ... 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. ... Aliens ) is a video game that was manufactured for MSX computers in 1987. ... Aliens is a run and gun shoot em up arcade game by Konami released in 1990, based on the Aliens movie. ... A film poster for Aliens, contended as fair use. ... For other persons named James Cameron, see James Cameron (disambiguation). ... Gale Anne Hurd (b. ... Walter Hill (born California 1942) is a prominent American film director. ... Sigourney Weaver (born Susan Alexandra Weaver on October 8, 1949 in New York City) is an Oscar-nominated American actress. ... Michael Connell Biehn (born July 31, 1956) is an American actor known for his roles in The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), Tombstone (1993), The Rock (1996), and Grindhouse (2007). ... Lance Henriksen (born May 5, 1940) is an American actor, painter, and potter. ... Caroline Marie Henn (born on May 7, 1976 in Panama City, Florida, USA) is a former actress who became famous as Newt, the little girl brought under the protection of Sigourney Weavers character Lt. ... Paul Reiser (born March 30, 1957) is an American actor, author and stand-up comedian, best known for his role in Mad About You. ... William Paxton (born May 17, 1955) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actor and film director. ... James Roy Horner (born August 14, 1953) is an American composer of orchestral and film music. ... Adrian Biddle, (July 20, 1952 – December 7, 2005), was an English cinematographer. ... Ray Lovejoy was a film editor with over thirty years of experience in that field. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ... is the 199th day of the year (200th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This article is about the first film in a series. ... Alien³ is a science fiction/horror movie that opened May 22, 1992. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Science fiction film is a film genre that uses speculative, science-based depictions of imaginary phenomena such as extra-terrestrial lifeforms, alien worlds, and time travel, often along with technological elements such as futuristic spacecraft, robots, or other technologies. ... Look up Action film in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Sigourney Weaver (born Susan Alexandra Weaver on October 8, 1949 in New York City) is an Oscar-nominated American actress. ... Michael Connell Biehn (born July 31, 1956) is an American actor known for his roles in The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), Tombstone (1993), The Rock (1996), and Grindhouse (2007). ... Lance Henriksen (born May 5, 1940) is an American actor, painter, and potter. ... William Paxton (born May 17, 1955) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actor and film director. ... This article is about the first film in a series. ... Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, is the protagonist in the Alien movie series. ...


Directed by James Cameron, Aliens' action/adventure tone was in stark contrast to the science fiction/horror motifs of the original Alien. Following the success of The Terminator (1984), which helped establish Cameron as a major action director,[4] Twentieth Century Fox greenlit Aliens with a budget of approximately $18 million. It was filmed in England at Pinewood Studios, the same location used for the filming of Alien, and at a decommissioned power plant. For other persons named James Cameron, see James Cameron (disambiguation). ... “Horror Movie” redirects here. ... This article is about the first film in the series. ... To greenlight a project, in the context of the movie business, is to formally approve production finance, thereby allowing the project to move forward from the development phase to pre-production and, barring disasters, principal photography. ... The gatehouse at Pinewood Studios Pinewood Studios is a major British film studio situated in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire. ... A power station (also power plant) is a facility for the generation of electric power. ...


Aliens earned $86 million in the United States box office during its 1986 theatrical release, the highest domestic gross of any film in the Alien series. It earned a total of $131 million internationally.[5] The film was nominated for seven Academy Awards including a Best Actress nomination for Sigourney Weaver, which was considered a benchmark at the time when the Academy gave little recognition to the science fiction genre. It won in the categories of Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects. The film's success led to the sequels Alien 3 (1992) and Alien Resurrection (1997). 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. ... 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. ... Alien³ is a science fiction/horror movie that opened May 22, 1992. ... 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...

Contents

Plot

Ellen Ripley, the only survivor of the space freighter Nostromo, is rescued and revived after drifting for fifty-seven years in hypersleep. Interviewed before a panel of executives from her employer the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, Ripley's testimony regarding the Alien is met with extreme skepticism, as no physical evidence of the creature survived the destruction of the Nostromo. Ripley loses her space flight license as a result of her "questionable judgment" in destroying the Nostromo and learns that LV-426, the planetoid where her crew first encountered the Alien eggs, is now home to a terraforming colony. Ripley is visited by Weyland-Yutani employee Carter J. Burke, who informs her that contact has been lost with the colony on LV-426. The company is dispatching Burke and a unit of Colonial Marines to investigate, and offers to restore Ripley's flight status if she will accompany them as a consultant. Psychologically traumatized by her experience onboard the Nostromo, Ripley initially refuses to join, but accepts when she realizes the mission will allow her to face her fears. Arriving in orbit of LV-426 aboard the warship Sulaco, she is introduced to the Colonial Marines, including Lieutenant Gorman, Sergeant Apone and the android Bishop. Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, is the protagonist in the Alien movie series. ... USCSS The Nostromo is a fictional starship, featured in the 1979 film Alien. ... Stasis (IPA: ), or hypersleep, is a science fiction concept akin to suspended animation. ... Weyland-Yutani is a fictional corporation in the motion picture Alien and its sequels, often referred to simply as The Company. It is one of the corporations that runs the human colonies outside the solar system through the Extrasolar Colonization Administration, has a seat in the Interstellar Commerce Commissions... 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. ... Look up Planetoid in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Artists conception of a terraformed Mars in four stages of development. ... For other uses, see Android (disambiguation). ... 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. ...


The heavily-armed expedition descends to the planetoid's surface via dropship, where they find the colony seemingly abandoned. The only living things found are two Alien "facehuggers" on display in the colony's medical lab and a severely traumatized young girl nicknamed Newt. The Marines locate the colonists, who are clustered in the colony's nuclear-powered atmosphere processing station. Traveling to the station, the Marines find a large Alien nest filled with the cocooned corpses of the colonists. When the Marines destroy a chestburster, a swarm of Aliens awaken and kill most of the unit. Ripley rescues Corporal Hicks and Privates Vasquez and Hudson. With Gorman temporarily unconscious, Hicks assumes command and orders the dropship to recover the survivors, intending to return to the Sulaco and destroy the colony from orbit. A stowaway Alien kills the dropship pilots in flight, causing the vessel to crash into the processing station. The surviving humans barricade themselves inside the colony complex. A dropship is a science fiction landing craft used to deploy troops and vehicles from orbiting mothership to battle on a planets surface. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Cocoon has a number of meanings. ... The Xenomorph is a deadly fictional monster from the Alien universe, designed by the Swiss painter H. R. Giger. ...


After learning that Burke has ordered Bishop to preserve Alien specimens for return to the company labs, Ripley becomes suspicious of Burke's intentions. She discovers that he ordered the unprepared colonists to investigate the derelict spaceship where the Nostromo crew first encountered the Alien eggs and threatens to expose him. Bishop declares that the damaged processing station has become unstable and will detonate with the force of a thermonuclear weapon. He volunteers to crawl down a service pipe to the colony transmitter and pilot the Sulaco's remaining dropship to the surface via remote control. Ripley and Newt fall asleep in the Medical Laboratory, awakening to find themselves locked in the room with the two facehuggers released from their tanks. Ripley is able to alert the Marines, who rescue her and Newt from the creatures. Ripley accuses Burke of attempting to use her and Newt as hosts to smuggle implanted Alien embryos past Earth's quarantine procedures and of planning to kill the rest of the Marines in hypersleep during the return trip. Hicks is ready to execute Burke when the electricity is suddenly cut off. The Aliens enter through the ceiling and attack en masse, killing Hudson and Burke. The rest of the group escapes into the air ducts, where Gorman and an injured Vasquez, cut off and surrounded, sacrifice themselves by detonating a grenade. The force of the blast knocks Newt down a shaft, where she is captured by an Alien. The mushroom cloud of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, in 1945 lifted nuclear fallout some 18 km (60,000 feet) above the epicenter. ... ... Grenade may refer to: The well-known hand grenade commonly used by soldiers. ...

The Alien queen in the atmosphere processor hive.

Ripley and an injured Hicks reach Bishop and the second dropship, but Ripley is unwilling to leave Newt behind. She rescues Newt from the hive in the processing station, where the two encounter the Alien queen and her egg chamber. Ripley destroys most of the eggs, enraging the queen who escapes by tearing free from her ovipositor. Closely pursued by the queen, Ripley, Newt, Bishop, and Hicks escape on the dropship moments before the colony is consumed by the nuclear blast. Back on the Sulaco, Ripley and Bishop's relief at their narrow escape is interrupted when the Alien queen, stowed away on the dropship's landing gear, tears Bishop in half. Ripley battles the queen using an exosuit cargo-loader. The two of them tumble into a large airlock, which Ripley then opens, expelling the queen into space. Ripley clambers to safety, and she, Newt, Hicks, and Bishop enter hypersleep for the return back to Earth. Image File history File links Anguish. ... Image File history File links Anguish. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... U.S. Army conceptual mock-up of an exoskeleton-equipped soldier. ... A glovebox for handling air-sensitive substances. ...


Cast

See also: List of characters in the Alien series
  • Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, the only character who has previously encountered one of the Aliens. Ripley accompanies the Colonial Marines to investigate LV-426. Weaver reprised her role from Alien, with Ripley being the only recurring character from that film.
  • Paul Reiser as Carter J. Burke, a corporate lawyer for the Weyland-Yutani Corporation who meets with Ripley after she is awakened from cryogenic stasis. He accompanies Ripley and the Marines to LV-426 to oversee the company's interests in the mission.
  • Michael Biehn as Corporal Dwayne Hicks, the Second Squad Leader of the Colonial Marines. Hicks forms a close bond with Ripley during the mission to LV-426.
  • Lance Henriksen as Bishop, the android Executive Officer of the Sulaco. Bishop accompanies the team investigating the disappearance of the colonists on LV-426.
  • Carrie Henn as Newt, a child who is the only survivor of the colony on LV-426. She forms a close bond with Ripley.
  • William Hope as Lieutenant William Gorman, the Commanding Officer of the Colonial Marines sent to investigate LV-426.
  • Al Matthews as Sergeant Al Apone, the Senior NCO of the Colonial Marines.
  • Cynthia Dale Scott as Corporal Cynthia Dietrich, the Marine team's Corpsman.
  • Bill Paxton as Private William Hudson, the Marine team's technician.
  • Jenette Goldstein as Private Jenette Vasquez, the tough female Marine and operator of their M56 smart gun. She shares a close bond with Private Drake.
  • Mark Rolston as Private Mark Drake, Private Vasquez's smart gun partner.
  • Colette Hiller as Corporal Collette Ferro, the Marines' dropship pilot.
  • Daniel Kash as Private Daniel Spunkmeyer, the dropship's Crew Chief.

Additional Marines were played by Ricco Ross (as Private Ricco Frost), Tip Tipping (as Private Tim Crowe), and Trevor Steedman (as Private Trevor Wierzbowski). // The following is a list of characters from the Alien film series. ... Sigourney Weaver (born Susan Alexandra Weaver on October 8, 1949 in New York City) is an Oscar-nominated American actress. ... Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, is the protagonist in the Alien movie series. ... This article is about the first film in a series. ... Paul Reiser (born March 30, 1957) is an American actor, author and stand-up comedian, best known for his role in Mad About You. ... Michael Connell Biehn (born July 31, 1956) is an American actor known for his roles in The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), Tombstone (1993), The Rock (1996), and Grindhouse (2007). ... Lance Henriksen (born May 5, 1940) is an American actor, painter, and potter. ... 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. ... For other uses, see Android (disambiguation). ... While Executive officer literally refers to a person responsible for the performance of duties involved in running an organization, the exact meaning of the role is highly variable, depending on the organization. ... Caroline Marie Henn (born on May 7, 1976 in Panama City, Florida, USA) is a former actress who became famous as Newt, the little girl brought under the protection of Sigourney Weavers character Lt. ... William Hope is a Canadian movie actor, born in 1949 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. ... The commanding officer (CO) is the officer in command of a military unit. ... Al Matthews (Detroit, Michigan, born September 2, 1944) is an American actor. ... A non-commissioned officer (sometimes noncommissioned officer), also known as an NCO or Noncom, is an enlisted member of an armed force who has been given authority by a commissioned officer. ... Hospital Corpsmen (HMs) are members of the United States Navy Hospital Corps. ... William Paxton (born May 17, 1955) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actor and film director. ... Jenette Goldstein as Pvt. ... Mark Rolston (R) in Aliens Mark Rolston (December 7, 1956 - ) an American actor, born in Baltimore, Maryland. ... Colette Hiller is an American actress who starred on film and television, best known for her role Cpl. ... A dropship is a science fiction landing craft used to deploy troops and vehicles from orbiting mothership to battle on a planets surface. ... Daniel Kash (born April 25, 1959 in Montréal, Québec, Canada) is an a Canadian actor who has appeared in such films as Aliens as Private Spunkmeyer and RoboCop. ... A crew chief is the head position on a pit crew in motorsports. ... Ricco Ross (born April 16, 1960 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor. ... Timothy Tipping (February 13, 1958 – February 5, 1993), better known as Tip Tipping, was a British movie stuntman and was at one time a SAS soldier and British Royal Marine commando. ...


Production

Origins and inspiration

While completing pre-production of The Terminator in 1983, director James Cameron discussed the possibility of working on a sequel to Alien (1979) with Twentieth Century Fox producer David Giler.[6] A fan of the original film, Cameron was interested in crafting a sequel and entered a self-imposed seclusion to brainstorm a concept for Alien II.[6] After four days Cameron produced an initial forty-five page treatment, although management changes at Twentieth Century Fox resulted in the film being put on hiatus, as they felt that Alien had not generated enough profits to warrant a sequel.[6] A scheduling conflict with actor Arnold Schwarzenegger caused filming of The Terminator to be delayed by nine months (as Schwarzenegger was filming Conan the Destroyer), allowing Cameron additional time to write a script for Aliens. While filming The Terminator, Cameron wrote ninety pages for Aliens, and although the script was not finished, Fox was impressed and told him that if The Terminator was a success, he would be able to direct Aliens.[7] This article is about the first film in the series. ... For other persons named James Cameron, see James Cameron (disambiguation). ... This article is about the first film in a series. ... 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... Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger (German IPA: ; born July 30, 1947) is an Austrian-American bodybuilder, Golden Globe-winning actor, businessman and politician currently serving as the 38th Governor of the U.S. state of California. ... Conan the Destroyer, directed by action/fantasy veteran Richard Fleischer (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Vikings) as a sequel to Conan The Barbarian, was released worldwide in 1984. ...


Following the success of The Terminator, Cameron and partner Gale Anne Hurd were given approval to direct and produce the sequel to Alien, scheduled for a 1986 release. Cameron was enticed by the opportunity to create a new world and opted not to follow the same formula as Alien, but to create a worthy combat sequel focusing "more on terror, less on horror".[8] Sigourney Weaver, who had played Ellen Ripley in Alien, had doubts about the project, but after meeting Cameron she expressed interest in revisiting her character. Fox, however, refused to sign a contract with Weaver over a payment dispute and asked Cameron to write a story excluding Ellen Ripley.[7] He refused on the grounds that Fox had indicated that Weaver had signed on when he began writing the script. With Cameron's persistence, Fox signed the contract and Weaver obtained a salary of $1 million, a sum equal to thirty times what she had been paid for the first film.[9] Gale Anne Hurd (b. ... Sigourney Weaver (born Susan Alexandra Weaver on October 8, 1949 in New York City) is an Oscar-nominated American actress. ... Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, is the protagonist in the Alien movie series. ...


Cameron drew inspiration for the Aliens story from the Vietnam War, a situation in which a technologically superior force was mired in a hostile foreign environment: "Their training and technology are inappropriate for the specifics, and that can be seen as analogous to the inability of superior American firepower to conquer the unseen enemy in Vietnam: a lot of firepower and very little wisdom, and it didn't work."[6] In the story of Aliens the Colonial Marines are hired to protect the business interests of the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, corresponding to a myth that corporate interests were the reason that American troops were sent to South Vietnam. The attitude of the Marines was influenced by the Vietnam War; they are portrayed as cocky and confident of their inevitable victory, but when they find themselves facing a less technologically advanced but more determined enemy, the outcome is not what they expect.[8] Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000...


Concept and design

The AH-1 Cobra used in Vietnam served as inspiration for the design of the dropship

Early concept art was created by Syd Mead, who had worked on 2010 and Tron. The spaceship Sulaco was originally designed with horizontal layout, but this proved problematic as the film's aspect ratio would cause much of the ship to be out of frame. Cameron showed Mead his own concept art and the final result was described as a "rocket gun that carries stuff". Concept artists were asked to include subliminal acknowledgments to the Vietnam War, which included designing the dropship as a combination of a F-4 Phantom II and AH-1 Cobra.[10] Image File history File links Ah1gm35. ... Image File history File links Ah1gm35. ... The Bell AH-1 Cobra is an attack helicopter. ... Syd Mead (born July 18, 1933 in St. ... 2010: The Year We Make Contact, also known as 2010, is a science fiction film released in 1984 directed by Peter Hyams. ... Tron is a 1982 science fiction film starring Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn (and his counterpart inside the electronic world, Clu), Bruce Boxleitner as Alan Bradley (and Tron), Cindy Morgan as Lora Baines (and Yori) and Dan Shor as Ram. ... The aspect ratio of a two-dimensional shape is the ratio of its longer dimension to its shorter dimension. ... A dropship is a science fiction landing craft used to deploy troops and vehicles from orbiting mothership to battle on a planets surface. ... “F-4” redirects here. ... The Bell AH-1 Cobra is an attack helicopter. ...


Some scenes of the Alien nest were shot in a decommissioned power plant in Acton, London. The crew thought it was a perfect place to film due to its grilled walkways and numerous corridors. Problems were encountered with rust and asbestos, however, and the crew was required to spend money to clean the asbestos.[10] The Alien nest set was not dismantled after filming, and was reused in 1989 as the Axis Chemicals set for Batman. When the crew of Batman entered the set, they found most of it intact.[11] A power station (also power plant) is a facility for the generation of electric power. ... , Acton is a place in west London, situated 6. ... For other uses, see Asbestos (disambiguation). ... Batman was released in U.S. theaters on June 23, 1989 by Warner Bros. ...

The APC (armored personal carrier) was designed using an aircraft towing vehicle.
The APC (armored personal carrier) was designed using an aircraft towing vehicle.

British Airways was re-equipping several of its aircraft towing vehicles, and the crew managed to purchase an old one to use as the armored personal carrier (APC). It weighed 70 tons, and although the crew removed 35 tons of lead from it, the power station floor still had to be reinforced to support the weight. The crew used many "junk" items in the set designs, such as Ripley's toilet which came from a Boeing 747. Lockers, helicopter engines, and vending machines were used as set elements in the opening hypersleep scene. Production designer Peter Lamont was asked to reduce the cost of several scenes, including the not-yet-filmed marine hypersleep sequence. Gale Hurd wanted to cut the scene altogether, but Lamont and Cameron felt it was important to the sequence of the film. To save on cost, only four hypersleep chambers were created and a mirror was used to create the illusion that there were twelve in the scene. Instead of using hydraulics, the chambers were opened and closed by wires operated by puppeteers.[10] For the 1930s airline of similar name, see British Airways Ltd. ... The Boeing 747, sometimes nicknamed the Jumbo Jet,[4][5] is a long-haul, widebody commercial airliner manufactured by Boeing in the United States. ... A mirror, reflecting a vase. ...


Casting

Cameron opted to hire actors who had, or could create, American accents. Over 3,000 residents in the United Kingdom auditioned, although many were rejected. After auditions of UK residents proved unsuccessful, the crew imported actors from America including Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, and Michael Biehn, who had all worked with Cameron on The Terminator. The role of Newt was the most difficult to cast. The casting team auditioned many schoolchildren, but found that many of them had acted in commercials and were accustomed to smiling after saying their lines, a trait that the producers wished to avoid due to the dark tone of Aliens. Carrie Henn, whose father was stationed at a United States military base, was chosen out of 500 children for the role of Newt,[8] although she had no previous acting experience.[12] Lance Henriksen (born May 5, 1940) is an American actor, painter, and potter. ... William Paxton (born May 17, 1955) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actor and film director. ... Michael Connell Biehn (born July 31, 1956) is an American actor known for his roles in The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), Tombstone (1993), The Rock (1996), and Grindhouse (2007). ... Caroline Marie Henn (born on May 7, 1976 in Panama City, Florida, USA) is a former actress who became famous as Newt, the little girl brought under the protection of Sigourney Weavers character Lt. ...


Actors who played Marines were asked to read Robert A. Heinlein's novel Starship Troopers and then to undergo military training which included running, lifting weights, and learning salutes, marches, deployments, and maneuvers for two weeks. Al Matthews had experience in the military and believed he was cast as Sergeant Apone because of this experience. Cameron wanted the Marines to train together, so that they would form bonds that would show on-screen. The actors were asked to personalize their armor by adding pictures and writing messages on them to make each suit unique. Sigourney Weaver, William Hope, and Paul Reiser were absent from these trainings due to other obligations, but Cameron felt that this suited their characters as "outsiders" in the film. Michael Biehn was also absent from the training, as he was not cast until one week after filming had commenced.[12] Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of hard science fiction. ... For other uses, see Starship Troopers (disambiguation). ... Al Matthews (Detroit, Michigan, born September 2, 1944) is an American actor. ... Sigourney Weaver (born Susan Alexandra Weaver on October 8, 1949 in New York City) is an Oscar-nominated American actress. ... William Hope was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. ... Paul Reiser (born March 30, 1957) is an American actor, author and stand-up comedian, best known for his role in Mad About You. ...


Filming

The producing team behind Aliens, James Cameron and Gale Ann Hurd.
The producing team behind Aliens, James Cameron and Gale Ann Hurd.

Aliens was filmed on a budget of $18 million at Pinewood Studios, with production lasting ten months.[6] Production was affected by a number of personnel and cast disruptions. Shooting was said to be problematic due to cultural clashes between Cameron and the British crew, with the crew having what actor Bill Paxton called a "really indentured" way of working. Cameron, who is known to be a hard driving director and at the time was bound to a low budget with a release date set that he could not delay, found it difficult to adjust to working practices such as the regular "tea breaks" and "lucky dips" that brought production to a temporary halt. The crew were admirers of Ridley Scott, and many believed Cameron to be too young and inexperienced to be directing such a film as Aliens, despite Cameron's attempts to show them his previous film, The Terminator, which had not yet been released in the UK.[13] Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (833x1198, 181 KB) [edit] Summary [edit] Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Aliens (film) ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (833x1198, 181 KB) [edit] Summary [edit] Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Aliens (film) ... The gatehouse at Pinewood Studios Pinewood Studios is a major British film studio situated in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire. ... William Paxton (born May 17, 1955) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actor and film director. ... Sir Ridley Scott (born November 30, 1937 in South Shields, South Tyneside) is a British film director and producer. ...


At one point the crew members mocked Cameron's wife, producer Gale Anne Hurd, by asking her who the producer was and insisting that she was only getting producer's credit because she was married to the director. A walkout occurred when Cameron clashed with an uncooperative cameraman who refused to light a scene the way Cameron wanted. The cameraman had lit the Alien nest set brightly, while Cameron insisted on his original vision of a dark, foreboding nest, relying on the lights from the Marines' armor. After the cameraman was fired, Hurd managed to coax the crew members into coming back to work.[13]


Weapons and props

The weapons used by the Marines were based on real, fully functional weapons. British armorers used guns they found to be the most reliable when firing blanks and those which looked futuristic. The pulse rifles were created from a Thompson SMG, with an attached fore end of a Franchi SPAS-12 shotgun and a Remington 12 Gauge Model 870P receiver with barrel. The smart guns carried by Vasquez and Drake were based on the German MG-42 machine gun and were maneuvered with steadicam harnesses created using old motorcycle parts. The crew found flamethrowers the most difficult weapon to create and use, as they were both the heaviest and most dangerous.[14] Tommy Gun redirects here. ... 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. ... For other uses, see Motorcycle (disambiguation). ...


Music

Music composer James Horner felt he was not given enough time to create a musical score. Horner arrived in England and expected the film to be "locked" so he could write the score in six weeks, which he thought was a sufficient amount of time. Horner, however, discovered that filming and editing were still taking place, and he was unable to view the film. He visited the sets and editing rooms for three weeks and found that editor Ray Lovejoy was barely keeping up with the workload due to time restrictions. Horner believed Cameron was preoccupied with sound effects, citing that Cameron spent two days with the sound engineer creating the sounds for the pulse rifles. He also complained that he was given an outdated recording studio; the score was recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios, a thirty-year-old studio that was barely able to patch in synthesizers or use the electronic equipment that Horner required.[15] James Roy Horner (born August 14, 1953) is an American composer of orchestral and film music. ... Sheet music is written represenation of music. ... Film production on location in Newark, New Jersey. ... Ray Lovejoy was a film editor with over thirty years of experience in that field. ... The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) is one of the major orchestras of the United Kingdom. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Synth redirects here. ...


Six weeks from theatrical release, no dubbing had taken place and the score had not been written, as Horner was unable to view the completed film. The final cue for the scene in which Ripley battles the Alien queen was written overnight. Cameron completely reworked the scene, leaving Horner to rewrite the music. As Gale Hurd did not have much music production experience, she and Cameron denied Horner's request to push the film back four weeks so he could finish the score. Horner felt that, given more time, he could get the score to 100% of his satisfaction, rather than the 80% he estimated he had been able to achieve. The score was recorded in roughly four days.[15] Despite his troubles, Horner received an Academy Award nomination (his first) for Best Original Score. In filmmaking, dubbing or looping is the process of recording or replacing voices for a motion picture. ... Cue may refer to one of the following. ...


Horner stated that tensions between himself and Cameron were so high during post-production that he assumed they would never work together again. Horner believed that Cameron's film schedules were too short and stressful. The two parted ways until 1997 when Cameron, so impressed with Horner's score for Braveheart, asked him to compose the score for Titanic.[15] For the moshing term Braveheart, see Wall of death (moshing). ... Titanic is a 1997 disaster romance film directed, written, produced and edited by James Cameron about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. ...


Visual effects

Brothers Robert and Dennis Skotak were hired to supervise the visual effects, having previously worked with Cameron on several Roger Corman movies. Two stages were used to construct the colony on LV-426, using miniature models that were on average six feet tall and three feet wide.[16] Filming the miniatures was difficult due to the weather; the wind would blow over the props, although it proved helpful to give the effect of weather on the planet. Cameron used these miniatures and several effects to make scenes look larger than they really were, including rear projection, mirrors, beam splitters, camera splits and foreground miniatures.[16] Roger William Corman (born April 5, 1926), sometimes nicknamed King of the Bs for his output of B-movies (though he himself rejects this appellation as inaccurate), is a prolific American producer and director of low-budget exploitation movies, many of which are some of the most influential movies made. ...


The Alien suits were made more flexible and durable than the ones used in Alien, to expand on the creatures' movements and allow them to crawl and jump. Dancers and stunt men were used to portray the Aliens. The design of the head was changed from the sleek shape used in Alien, as the crew thought that the original shape would crack with the creatures' increased mobility. Ridges were added along the head to increase its durability during movements.[16] This article is about the first film in a series. ...


Scenes involving the Alien queen were the most difficult to film, according to production staff. A life-sized mock-up was created by Stan Winston's company in the United States to see how it would operate. Once the testing was complete, the crew working on the queen flew to England and began work creating the final version. Standing at fourteen feet, it was operated using a mixture of puppeteers, control rods, hydraulics, cables, and a crane above to support it. Two puppeteers were inside the suit operating its arms, and sixteen were required to move it. All sequences involving the queen were filmed in-camera with no digital rod removal.[16] This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Stan Winston (born April 7, 1946, in Richmond, Virginia), is an Academy Award winning special effects and makeup artist, and film director. ...


Reception

Aliens on the cover of TIME's July 28, 1986 issue.

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Box office

Eagerly anticipated by fans following the success of Alien,[17] Aliens was released in America on July 18, 1986, and September 26 in the United Kingdom. The film opened in 1,437 theaters with an average opening gross of $6,995 and a weekend gross of $10,052,042. It was number one at the United States box office for four consecutive weeks, grossing $85.1 million domestically, the highest-grossing Alien film in the country. The film took in $45.9 million in the international box office, for a total gross of $131 million.[1] This article is about the first film in a series. ... is the 199th day of the year (200th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Reviews

Test and pre-screenings were unable to take place for Aliens due to the film not being completed until its week of release.[18] Once it was released in cinemas, critical and audience reaction was very positive. Critic Roger Ebert called it "painfully and unremittingly intense" and a "superb example of filmmaking craft".[19] Walter Goodman of The New York Times said it was a "flaming, flashing, crashing, crackling blow-'em-up show that keeps you popping from your seat despite your better instincts and the basically conventional scare tactics."[20] Time Magazine featured the film on the cover of its July 28, 1986 issue, in which reviewer Richard Schickel declared the film "a sequel that exceeds its predecessor in the reach of its appeal while giving [Sigourney] Weaver new emotional dimensions to explore."[6] Dave Kehr of The Chicago Reader called the film "one sequel that surpasses the original."[21] Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ... The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed internationally. ... (Clockwise from upper left) Time magazine covers from May 7, 1945; July 25, 1969; December 31, 1999; September 14, 2001; and April 21, 2003. ... is the 209th day of the year (210th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... The Chicago Reader is an alternative newsweekly in Chicago, Illinois. ...


Reviews of the film have remained mostly positive over the years. In a 1997 interview, Weaver stated that Aliens "made the first Alien look like a cucumber sandwich."[22] In a 2000 review, film critic James Berardinelli said "When it comes to the logical marriage of action, adventure, and science fiction, few films are as effective or accomplished as Aliens."[23] Austin Chronicle contributor Marjorie Baumgarten labeled the film in 2002 as "a non-stop action fest."[24] Based on thirty-seven reviews, the film has a "fresh" rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes with an average critic score of 8.7 out of 10.[25] James Berardinelli (born September 1967, New Brunswick, New Jersey) is an online film critic. ... The Austin Chronicle is an alternative weekly newspaper published every Thursday in Austin, Texas, United States. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Awards and accolades

Sigourney Weaver's Academy Award nomination for Best Actress was considered a benchmark at the time when the Academy gave little recognition to the science fiction genre.
Sigourney Weaver's Academy Award nomination for Best Actress was considered a benchmark at the time when the Academy gave little recognition to the science fiction genre.

Aliens was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Music, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, and Best Art Direction/Set Decoration. The film won two awards for Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects. Sigourney Weaver received her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Although Weaver did not win, it was considered a landmark nomination for an actress to be considered for a science fiction/horror film, a genre which was given little recognition by the Academy in 1986.[26][8][18] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... 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. ... 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. ... The Academy Award of Merit for Best Sound Editing is an Academy Award granted yearly to a film exhibiting the finest or most aesthetic sound editing or sound design. ... The Academy Award for Visual Effects is an Oscar given to one film each year that shows highest achievement in visual effects. ... Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the Academy Awards of Merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) to recognize an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance while working within the film industry. ...


The film received four BAFTA award nominations and won in the category of Visual Effects.[27] Aliens won eight Saturn Awards in the categories of Best science fiction film, Best actress (Sigourney Weaver), Best supporting actor (Bill Paxton), Best supporting actress (Jenette Goldstein), Best performance by a younger actor (Carrie Henn), Best direction (James Cameron), Best writing (James Cameron), and Best special effects (Stan Winston and the L.A. Effects Group).[28] The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), is a British organization that hosts annual awards shows for film, television, childrens film and television, and interactive media. ... The Saturn Award is an award presented annually by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films to honor the top works in science fiction, fantasy and horror in film, television and home video. ... William Paxton (born May 17, 1955) is a Golden Globe-nominated American actor and film director. ... Jenette Goldstein as Pvt. ... Caroline Marie Henn (born on May 7, 1976 in Panama City, Florida, USA) is a former actress who became famous as Newt, the little girl brought under the protection of Sigourney Weavers character Lt. ... Stan Winston (born April 7, 1946, in Richmond, Virginia), is an Academy Award winning special effects and makeup artist, and film director. ...


Time Magazine named Aliens in their Best of '86 list calling it a "technically awesome blend of the horror, sci-fi and service- comedy genres."[29] In 2007, Entertainment Weekly named Aliens as the second-best action movie of all time, behind Die Hard.[2] In a Rotten Tomatoes analysis of the top 100 science fiction films, Aliens ranks tenth among the best-reviewed films of the genre.[3] In 2004, Aliens was ranked thirty-fifth on Bravo's "100 Scariest Movie Moments" for the scene in which Ripley and Newt are attacked by facehuggers; the original Alien was ranked second for the chestburster scene.[30] IGN ranked it third in its "Top 25 Action Films of All-Time", stating that "there won't be an Alien movie as scary – or exciting – as this one made ever again."[31]
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Special edition

A "Special Edition" of Aliens was released in 1992 on laserdisc and VHS that restored seventeen minutes of deleted footage. These additions include a segment showing Newt's family first encountering the derelict spacecraft on LV-426, Ripley learning that her daughter died during the years that Ripley was in hypersleep, a scene in the operations building in which the Marines use sentry guns against the Aliens, and several extended dialogue scenes between Ripley and the Marines.[8] These scenes had been deleted from the original theatrical release as 20th Century Fox representatives thought the film was showing "too much nothing" and spent an unnecessary amount of time building suspense.[8] Not to be confused with disk laser, a type of solid-state laser in a flat configuration. ... Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS, is a recording and playing standard. ...


The special edition was released as part of The Alien Legacy DVD box set in 1999 along with Alien and Alien 3. Both the theatrical version and the special edition were released again in 2003 as part of the Alien Quadrilogy DVD box set along with similar versions of Alien, Alien 3, and Alien Resurrection. A separate two-disc "Special Collector's Edition" DVD of Aliens was released on January 6, 2004 containing the same material as the two Aliens discs in the Quadrilogy set.[32] Additional content in these versions included an audio commentary for the special edition featuring director James Cameron, producer Gale Hurd, special effects artist Stan Winston and supervisors Robert and Dennis Skotak, miniature effects supervisor Pat McClung, and actors Christopher and Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, and Jenette Goldstein. The second disc included special features relating to pre-production, production, and post-production.[33] 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. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc - see Etymology) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... This article is about the first film in a series. ... Alien³ is a science fiction/horror movie that opened May 22, 1992. ... The Alien Quadrilogy collection is a nine-disc box set. ... 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... is the 6th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... On a DVD (or laserdisc), an audio commentary is a bonus track consisting of a lecture or comments by one or more speakers, who talk about the movie as it progresses. ... Stan Winston (born April 7, 1946, in Richmond, Virginia), is an Academy Award winning special effects and makeup artist, and film director. ...


Notes

  1. ^ a b Aliens box office results. Box Office Mojo. Retrieved on 2008-02-27.
  2. ^ a b Bernardin, Marc. The 25 Greatest Action Films Ever!. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2007-07-16.
  3. ^ a b 100 Best-Reviewed Sci-Fi Movies. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2007-07-16.
  4. ^ Richardson, John H. "Iron Jim." Premiere Magazine, No. 12, August 1994, p. 44–54.
  5. ^ Movie Franchises Index. Box Office Mojo (2007). Retrieved on 2007-07-16.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Schickel, Richard (1986-07-28). Help! They're Back!. Time Magazine. Retrieved on 2007-07-16.
  7. ^ a b 57 Years Later - Continuing the story, Superior Firepower
  8. ^ a b c d e f Aliens: Special Edition audio commentary
  9. ^ Corliss, Richard (1986-07-28). The Years of Living Splendidly. Time Magazine. Retrieved on 2007-07-16.
  10. ^ a b c Building Better Worlds - From concept to construction, Superior Firepower
  11. ^ Kemble, Gary (2005-12-02). Movie Minutiae: Aliens. ABC. Retrieved on 2008-03-02.
  12. ^ a b Preparing for Battle - Casting and characterization, Superior Firepower
  13. ^ a b This Time It's War - Pinewood Studios, 1985, Superior Firepower
  14. ^ The Risk Always Lives - Weapons and action, Superior Firepower
  15. ^ a b c The Final Countdown – Music, editing and sound, Superior Firepower
  16. ^ a b c d The Power of Real Tech - Visual effects, Superior Firepower
  17. ^ Cosford, Bill. Let 'Aliens' Invade Your Peace of Mind. The Miami Herald, July 18, 1986, pg. 1D.
  18. ^ a b Aliens Unleashed - Reaction to the film, Superior Firepower
  19. ^ Ebert, Roger (1986-07-18), "Aliens (review)", Chicago Sun-Times, <http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19860718/REVIEWS/607180301/1023> 
  20. ^ Goodman, Walter (1986-07-18), "Movie Review: Aliens (1986) - Film: Sigourney Weaver in 'Aliens'", The New York Times, <http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?_r=2&res=9A0DE7DA1731F93BA25754C0A960948260&oref=slogin> 
  21. ^ Kehr, Dave, "Aliens (review)", The Chicago Reader, <http://onfilm.chicagoreader.com/movies/capsules/192_ALIENS> 
  22. ^ Hochman, David (1997-12-05). Beauties and the Beast. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  23. ^ Berardinelli, James (2000). Aliens (review). Reelviews.net. Retrieved on 2008-04-16.
  24. ^ Baumgarten, Marjorie (2002-06-07), "Aliens (review)", Austin Chronicle, <http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Calendar/Film?Film=oid%3a140686> 
  25. ^ Aliens reviews. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2008-02-27.
  26. ^ Career of living dangerously: Sigourney Weaver ready for next risk. New York Daily News, Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service. March 21, 2001.
  27. ^ Film nominations 1986". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved on 2008-03-03.
  28. ^ Saturn Award Winners. Saturn Awards. Retrieved on 2008-03-03.
  29. ^ Best of '86. Time Magazine (1987-01-05). Retrieved on 2008-03-03.
  30. ^ The 100 Scariest Movie Moments. Bravo. Retrieved on 2008-03-09.
  31. ^ The Top 25 Action Films of All-Time. IGN. Retrieved on 2008-03-09.
  32. ^ Aliens (Two-Disc Collector's Edition). Amazon.com. Retrieved on 2008-03-03.
  33. ^ Patrizio, Andy. Aliens - Collector's Widescreen Edition. IGN. Retrieved on 2008-03-09.

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References

The Alien Quadrilogy collection is a nine-disc box set. ... Twentieth (20th) Century Fox Film Corporation (known from 1935 to 1985 as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation) is one of the six major American film studios. ...

Further reading

  • The Complete Aliens Companion (by Paul Sammon, Harper Prism, 1998, ISBN 0-06-105385-6)
  • Beautiful Monsters: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to the Alien and Predator Films (by David A. McIntee, Telos, 272 pages, 2005, ISBN 1-903889-94-4)

Harper Prism (1993-1999) was launched by John Silbersack, Publishing Director, in 1993 as the first science fiction and fantasy imprint of HarperCollins Publishers in the U.S. Prisms early authors included Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett, Isaac Asimov, and Clive Barker as well as many media and gaming tie... David A. McIntee is a British writer. ...

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Predator is a side-scrolling platform game game made by Indianagames for a range of mobile phones in 2004. ... Alien vs Predator is a 1993 Super NES game developed by IGS and released by Activision worldwide. ... Alien vs. ... Screenshot of Alien vs Predator on the Atari Jaguar. ... Alien vs Predator is a first-person shooter video game that was to be released for the Atari Lynx around 1994, but was cancelled when Atari dropped support of the Lynx. ... Aliens versus Predator is a science fiction first-person computer game developed by Rebellion and published by Sierra. ... {{Infobox CVGhttp://en. ... Alien vs. ... AVP, or Alien vs. ... Alien vs. ... The Derelict The Derelict is the name given to the abandoned alien spacecraft discovered by the crew of the deep space tug Nostromo in the 1979 science fiction film Alien. ... 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. ... USCSS The Nostromo is a fictional starship, featured in the 1979 film Alien. ... For other uses, see Space Jockey (disambiguation). ... Val Verde is a fictional country used by Hollywood filmmakers when they require a South/Central American country without getting into legal or diplomatic hot water. ... Weyland-Yutani is a fictional corporation in the motion picture Alien and its sequels, often referred to simply as The Company. It is one of the corporations that runs the human colonies outside the solar system through the Extrasolar Colonization Administration, has a seat in the Interstellar Commerce Commissions... An editor has expressed a concern that the subject of the article does not satisfy the notability guideline or one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: Biographies, Books, Companies, Fiction, Music, Neologisms, Numbers, Web content, or several proposals for new guidelines. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... 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. ... The Alien Quadrilogy collection is a nine-disc box set. ... Alien War logo Alien War was a total reality experience in the United Kingdom that originally opened at the Arches in Glasgow themed around the Alien series of films. ... For other persons named James Cameron, see James Cameron (disambiguation). ... This article is about the first film in the series. ... The Abyss is a 1989 science fiction film which was written and directed by James Cameron, starring Ed Harris, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, and Michael Biehn. ... Terminator 2: Judgment Day (commonly abbreviated T2) is a 1991 movie directed by James Cameron and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, and Robert Patrick. ... True Lies is a 1994 action/comedy remake of the 1991 French film La Totale!. It was directed by James Cameron, and stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, Tia Carrere, Charlton Heston and Art Malik. ... Titanic is a 1997 disaster romance film directed, written, produced and edited by James Cameron about the sinking of the RMS Titanic. ... Dark Angel is an American cyberpunk science fiction television program, created by James Cameron and Charles H. Eglee, which ran from 2000 to 2002 on the FOX network. ... Ghosts of the Abyss is a 2003 documentary made by filmmaker James Cameron after his Oscar winning film Titanic. ... Aliens of the Deep is a 2005 documentary film, directed by Academy Award winner James Cameron and Steven Quale and filmed in the 3-D IMAX format. ... This article is about the forthcoming film directed by James Cameron. ... Battle Angel is an upcoming live action film based on the popular manga Battle Angel Alita (known as Gunnm in Japan) by Yukito Kishiro. ...

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