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Alien [1979 film] by Ridley Scott

Alien [1979 film] (1979)

by Ridley Scott (Director), Dan O'Bannon (Screenwriter), Ronald Shusett (Screenwriter)

Other authors: Gordon Carroll (Producer), Veronica Cartwright (Actress), David Giler (Producer), Jerry Goldsmith (Composer), Walter Hill (Producer)7 more, Ian Holm (Actor), John Hurt (Actor), Yaphet Kotto (Actor), Tom Skerritt (Actor), Harry Dean Stanton (Actor), Derek Vanlint (Cinematographer), Sigourney Weaver (Actress)

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Classic horror movie, basically a haunted house flick set on a spaceship--a creepy, slimey, don't-go-looking-for-the-cat spaceship. As with many great monster movies, you don't really get a good look at the beast...until it's too damned late. Best new monster in ages. ( )
  unclebob53703 | Mar 6, 2016 |
Deadly alien on a spaceship.

Not nearly as intense or scary as the sequel, but it's a much better movie. Very pretty to look at (a good contender for Best Art Direction of All Time). Exceptionally geeky for a mainstream horror film and/or a post-Star Wars sci-fi film.

Concept: C
Story: B
Characters: C
Dialog: B
Pacing: A
Cinematography: A
Special effects/design: A
Acting: A
Music: C

Enjoyment: A plus

GPA: 3.3/4 ( )
  comfypants | Jan 29, 2016 |
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  WilliamHartPhD | Aug 3, 2010 |
This is the first and most original and
not to be confused with the sequel Aliens by James Cameron. ( )
  wdjoyner | May 16, 2010 |
Amazon.com essential video
A landmark of science fiction and horror, Alien arrived in 1979 between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back as a stylishly malevolent alternative to George Lucas's space fantasy. Partially inspired by 1958's It! The Terror from Beyond Space, this instant classic set a tone of its own, offering richly detailed sets, ominous atmosphere, relentless suspense, and a flawless ensemble cast as the crew of the space freighter Nostromo, who fall prey to a vicious creature (designed by Swiss artist H.R. Giger) that had gestated inside one of the ill-fated crew members. In a star-making role, Sigourney Weaver excels as sole survivor Ripley, becoming the screen's most popular heroine in a lucrative movie franchise. To measure the film's success, one need only recall the many images that have been burned into our collective psyche, including the "facehugger," the "chestburster," and Ripley's climactic encounter with the full-grown monster. Impeccably directed by Ridley Scott, Alien is one of the cinema's most unforgettable nightmares. --Jeff Shannon
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  schotpot | May 16, 2007 |
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A Gothic horror move set in outer space, ALIEN proved that material derided as B-movie fodder could be handled with finesse and glossy production values, without diminishing the thrills or polishing over the hard-edged horror... In the end, it is fair to say that ALIEN is probably the most beautiful piece of filmmaking ever about a terrifying subject.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Scott, RidleyDirectorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
O'Bannon, DanScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Shusett, RonaldScreenwritermain authorall editionsconfirmed
Carroll, GordonProducersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cartwright, VeronicaActresssecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Giler, DavidProducersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Goldsmith, JerryComposersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hill, WalterProducersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Holm, IanActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hurt, JohnActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kotto, YaphetActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Skerritt, TomActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stanton, Harry DeanActorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vanlint, DerekCinematographersecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Weaver, SigourneyActresssecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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The commercial vessel Nostromo receives a distress call from an unexplored planet. After searching for survivors, the crew heads home only to realize that a deadly bioform has joined them. -IMDB
On their voyage home, the crew of the deepspace tug Nostromo investigate an alien distress signal, inadvertently picking up and bringing aboard an extraterrestrial life form with violent and lethal survival instincts. [retrieved from Amazon.com 11/30/2916]
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Terror begins when the crew of a spaceship investigates a transmission from a desolate planet and discover a life form that is perfectly evolved to annihilate mankind. Each crew member is slain until only Ripley is left.

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