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Alien - Ridley Scott, Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright

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Movie propaganda

In space, no-one can hear you scream.

In deep space, the crew of the commercial starship Nostromo is awakened from their cryo-sleep capsules halfway through their journey home to investigate a distress call from an alien vessel.

After landing on a barren planet, Warrant Officer Ripley (Sigourney WEaver) works to decipher the transmission and discovers that the signal is actually a warning, not an SOS. But it is too late to turn back as three members of the crew have already left to investigate the derelict ship.

The terror begins when Kane (John Hurt) encounters a nest of eggs inside the alien ship. An organism from inside an egg leaps out and attaches itself to his face, causing him to fall into a coma. Because of the face-hugger's awesome defences, the crew of the Nostromo cannot remove it without also killing Kane. As the crew searches for a way to save him, the face hugger dies and Kane wakes up, feeling fine. He is brought out of isolation and the crew soon makes another horrifying discovery - the life-form they've found breeds within a human host...

Part of the Alien legacy box set featuring all four films plus a 5th disc with a 68-minute documentary on the making of Alien.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film science fiction horror monster alien space ship face hugger acid blood

Persons of interest

  • Tom Skerritt .... Dallas
  • Sigourney Weaver .... Ripley
  • Veronica Cartwright .... Lambert
  • Harry Dean Stanton .... Brett
  • John Hurt .... Kane
  • Ian Holm .... Ash
  • Yaphet Kotto .... Parker
  • Bolaji Badejo .... Alien
  • Helen Horton .... Mother
  • Eddie Powell .... Alien
  • Dan O'Bannon .... Storywriter
  • Ronald Shusett .... Storywriter
  • David Giler .... Screenwriter
  • Walter Hill .... Screenwriter
  • Dan O'Bannon .... Screenwriter
  • Ronald Shusett .... Screenwriter
  • Ridley Scott .... Director

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Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report


Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Picture: Widescreen 16:9
  • Special features:
    • Alternate music track
    • Artwork and photo galleries
    • Behind-the-scenes featurette
    • Commentary: Ridley Scott
    • Deleted scenes
    • Original score (isolated)
    • Original story boards
    • Out-takes
    • Trailers
  • Subtitles: Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level violence, low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

111 minutes (1:51 hours) - Original
148 minutes (2:28 hours) - Director's cut

Not for public release in Australia before date

DVD retail: 24 May 2000
VHS retail: 24 May 2000
Film: 13 November 2003 - Director's cut

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