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Certificate: 18 | Released: 1986 | Duration: 2 hrs 28 mins | Director: James Cameron | Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment | Genres: Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), the sole survivor from the original ALIEN, is awakened after 57 years of drifting through space, her stories disbelieved by Company executives who tell her that the alien's planet is now inhabited and colonized. When contact is suddenly lost with the colonists, Ripley returns to the planet with a squad of marines, an android (Lance Henriksen), and a Company executive (Paul Reiser) with a mission of his own. Once on the planet, no survivors can be found except for Newt, a little girl who awakens m ... (Full plot summary below)

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Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), the sole survivor from the original ALIEN, is awakened after 57 years of drifting through space, her stories disbelieved by Company executives who tell her that the alien's planet is now inhabited and colonized. When contact is suddenly lost with the colonists, Ripley returns to the planet with a squad of marines, an android (Lance Henriksen), and a Company executive (Paul Reiser) with a mission of his own. Once on the planet, no survivors can be found except for Newt, a little girl who awakens motherly instincts in Ripley just in time for the acid-blooded aliens to attack in what quickly becomes a one-sided battle for sheer survival. Considered by many to be the best of the series, ALIENS is a fast-paced, high-intensity thrill ride that set a new standard for action films and cemented director James Cameron's status as one of Hollywood's leading directors following the success of THE TERMINATOR. Weaver received an Academy Award nomination and became a feminist hero for her strong, sensitive performance as the survivor Ripley, while costars Reiser, Henriksen, and Bill Paxton all give career-making performances in this landmark sci-fi extravaganza.

Ripley, the sole survivor of the Nostromo, is asked to go back to the planet where the aliens were first found, when communications with the colonists are lost... Includes the scenes edited from the 1986 film release.

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Movie Reviews

Time - 10.0/10 by Staff (Not Credited) For this movie stands to be something its predecessor was not, a megahit. And it deserves to be, for it is a remarkable accomplishment: a sequel that exceeds its predecessor in the reach of its appeal while giving Weaver new emotional dimensions to explore.
The New York Times - 8.0/10 by Walter Goodman Under the direction of James (''The Terminator'') Cameron, [the special effects team has] put together 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.
Empire - 10.0/10 by Ian Nathan Truly great cinema- manages to dodge that 'dodgy sequel' curse with ease.
ReelViews - 10.0/10 by James Berardinelli Tautly paced and expertly directed, this roller coaster ride of a motion picture offers a little bit of everything, all wrapped up in a tidy science fiction/action package.
Chicago Sun-Times - 8.8/10 by Roger Ebert I'm giving the movie a high rating for its skill and professionalism and because it does the job it says it will do. I am also advising you not to eat before you go to see it.
Variety - 8.0/10 by Staff (Not Credited) James Cameron's vault into the big time after scoring with the exploitation actioner The Terminator makes up for lack of surprise with sheer volume of thrills and chills - emphasis is decidedly on the plural aspect of the title.
Salon.com - 8.0/10 by Max Garrone The startling thing about "Aliens" is how obsessed it is with women as child bearers. It's the theme that allows the movie to have all the trappings of a typical science fiction/action movie while creating a primal emotive connection for the audience.
Time Out New York - 9.0/10 by Staff (Not Credited) There is always an interesting tension in Cameron's work between masculine and feminine qualities. When it finally hits the fan here, we're in for the mother of all battles.

Movie Trivia

  • Sigourney Weaver, who plays Ellen Ripley, also received Oscar nominations for her performances in Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl.
  • Writer/director James Cameron reportedly drew inspiration for this film from the Vietnam War.
  • Michael Biehn, who plays Corporal Hicks, also worked with James Cameron on The Terminator and The Abyss.
  • Alien effects creator Stan Winston also worked on Avatar and Terminator 2 with James Cameron.
  • Ellen Ripley's tiny bathroom in her apartment was reportedly made from a British Airways toilet.

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Alien 3 (1992) Ripley finds herself the sole survivor of another alien attack. This time she finds herself on Fiorina 161, a penal colony... It's not long before Ripley realises that her doomed escape pod was contaminated with the alien. Now she is imprisoned on a planet where weapons are unavailable....

Alien Vs Predator

Alien Vs Predator (2004) When audiences caught a glimpse of an alien skull mounted in the trophy cabinet of a Predator in the 1990 film PREDATOR 2, it seemed a franchise was about to be born. Sure enough, comic book artists immediately seized on the possibilities suggested by the brief scene, and a number of skirmishes between the deadly foes were played out on the printed page. Fans have had to endure a lengthy wait for a cinematic match-up, but writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson (EVENT HORIZON) has finally delivered the blood-splattered goods in ALIEN VS. PREDATOR. Set in the near future, a team of archaeologists lead by Charles Wiedland (Lance Henriksen, returning for more ALIEN action after appearances in the second and third films) ventures towards an inexplicable hot zone detected in Antarctica. Joined by Alexa Woods (Sanaa Lathan) and the requisite amount of human fodder for the otherworldly creatures to feast on, Wiedland and his cohorts discover a sizeable underground pyramid. Chaos ensues as they awake the Queen alien from her blissful slumber, causing face-hugging and chest-bursting scenes aplenty. But the ailing crew has a further quandary to grapple with in the shape of some fearsome Predators, who are using the aliens as bait for their offspring to brawl with in an ancient initiation ritual. With the human team trapped in the labyrinth-like pyramid, the battle evolves into a nail-biting three-way tussle between the archaeologists and their extraterrestrial adversaries. Fans of both the ALIEN and PREDATOR movies should find much to satiate their appetites here, and with an ending suggesting further hostilities between the pernicious coupling, this one looks set to run and run.

Alien

Alien (1979) Director Ridley Scott's breakthough film, an immensely successful blend of horror and science fiction, is a classic in both genres and spawned a host of sequels and imitators. Starring Sigourney Weaver as warrant officer Ellen Ripley, ALIEN focuses on the crew of the space cargo ship Nostromo, which lands on a moribund planet in response to a faint SOS. Inside a crashed ship, the crew members come upon strange pods, one of which spews forth a repellently fleshy insectile creature that locks on to the face of the unlucky Kane (John Hurt). Despite Ripley's advice, science officer Ash (Ian Holm) allows Kane to return to the ship, where the creature finally releases its grip. Soon, however, in one of the film's most infamous scenes, one of its offspring explodes horribly from Kane's stomach and scurries away. Dallas (Tom Skerritt), the vessel's captain, leads the others in a search for the rapidly growing, acid-dripping alien before it can cut them down--one by one.A triumph of art direction, set design, and special effects, ALIEN gains much of its impact from the contrast between the bleak, antiseptic beauty of the space vessel's interior and the primordial horror of the alien, a brilliantly original fusion of insect, man, and machine designed by Swiss surrealist painter H.R. Giger. The top-notch cast also includes Veronica Cartwright, Yaphet Kotto, and Harry Dean Stanton.

Alien Resurrection

Alien Resurrection (1997) Two hundred years after Ripley, a group of scientists clone her and the parasitic alien... Anxious to test out their new weapon the scientists abduct a crew.... The alien escapes and takes control of the spacecraft with only 'Ripley' and a team of smugglers standing between it and Earth.

Aliens Awards

Academy Award Wins: 2

  • 1986: Sound Effects Editing - Don Sharpe
  • 1986: Visual Effects - Stan Winston, Suzanne M. Benson, Robert Skotak, John Richardson

Academy Award Nominations: 7

  • 1986: Actress In A Leading Role - Sigourney Weaver
  • 1986: Art Direction-Set Decoration - Crispian Sallis, Peter Lamont
  • 1986: Editing - Ray Lovejoy
  • 1986: Music, Original Score - James Horner
  • 1986: Sound - Michael A. Carter, Roy Charman, Nicolas Le Messurier, Graham V. Hartstone
  • 1986: Sound Effects Editing - Don Sharpe
  • 1986: Visual Effects - Stan Winston, Suzanne M. Benson, Robert Skotak, John Richardson

BAFTA Award Wins: 1

  • 1986: Visual Effects - Stan Winston, Robert Skotak, Brian Johnson, John Richardson

BAFTA Award Nominations: 4

  • 1986: Make Up Artist - Peter Robb-King
  • 1986: Production Design - Peter Lamont
  • 1986: Sound - Don Sharpe, Graham V. Hartstone, Roy Charman
  • 1986: Visual Effects - Stan Winston, Robert Skotak, Brian Johnson, John Richardson

Golden Globe Award Nominations: 1

  • 1987: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - Sigourney Weaver

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