Alien (1979)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 57 mins

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Embedded with terror and thrill, this sci-fi adventure follows the fluctuating fortunes of a commercial crew aboard the deep space towing vessel, Nostromo. While on their way home, they pick an SOS warning from a distant planet. What they don't know is that the SOS warning is not like any other ordinary warning call. Deciding to investigate the origins of the distress call, the team find themselves unable to identify the source of the call or any survivors. Only after it is too late, does the crew realize that they are not alone on the spaceship... And that there is a deadly alien stowaway on the cargo ship.
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Cast: John Hurt, Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt

Crew: Ridley Scott (Director), Derek Vanlint (Director of Photography), Jerry Goldsmith (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi

Release Dates: 06 Dec 1979 (India)

Tagline: The Scariest Movie Ever Made. Experience it only on the big screen

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Did you know? The dead facehugger that Ash autopsies was made using fresh shellfish, four oysters and a sheep kidney to recreate the internal organs. Read More
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as Kane
as Ripley
as Dallas
as Alien
as Ash
as Lambert
as Parker

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
English
Colour Info:
Color
Sound Mix:
6-Track 70mm, Dolby
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Taglines:
The Scariest Movie Ever Made. Experience it only on the big screen
In space no one can hear you scream.
Sometimes the scariest things come from within
It's Alien, the 8th passenger.
The scariest movie ever made... just got scarier
A word of warning...
Goofs:
Audio/Video Mismatch
When Ripley visits Parker and Brett to inspect their progress, she says "Yeah, you'll get whatever's coming to you." But the word "Yeah" is missing entirely from the soundtrack, and the rest of the sentence is out of sync with the video. This error is not present on the original Alien DVD box set, where Ripley's "Yeah" is muffled but quite audible. But the 2003 theatrical release and the new "Alien Quadrilogy" boxed set both have the word entirely absent.

Audio/Video Mismatch
When the crew is sharing a meal after Kane regains consciousness, Parker is shown to be talking. The shot changes to show the crew from a closer angle, and although we can still hear Parker speaking, he is shown to be laughing softly and not speaking at all.

Audio/Video Mismatch
When the rest of the crew is watching Dallas and Ash try to get the facehugger off of Kane, Parker asks, "How come they don't freeze him?" but his lips don't move when we hear this.

Character Error
During the landing sequence, Kane issues the instruction "Roll 92 degrees port yaw." Roll and yaw are two separate directional axes. The correct instruction (and what the ship actually does) is "Roll 90 degrees port."

Character Error
The company's orders received by Mother state "Priority One - Insure return of organism". "Insure" is the wrong verb. The statement should be "Ensure return of organism".

Character Error
During Ripley's final log entry, she identifies herself as the "3rd officer." She is technically the 3rd in command, or "2nd officer." (Dallas is Captain, Cain is the 1st officer, Ripley is the 2nd officer).

Continuity
When Kane, Dallas, and Lambert are in their spacesuits exploring the alien ship, all are wearing white/gray fabric covers on their heads under the domes of their helmets. These are like the "communication carriers" or "Snoopy hats" worn by Apollo and later astronauts. But when Kane's helmet is cut off in the sick bay, no Snoopy hat.

Continuity
During the conversation about Brett being a parrot, the length of his cigarette constantly changes.

Continuity
The amount of alien slime on Dallas's hand changes between shots.

Crew/Equipment Visible
A crewman with a black panel of some kind is visible through the smoke as Ripley runs through the corridors at the end of the film.

Crew/Equipment Visible
When Dallas is crawling around through the bowels of the Nostromo before he is taken by the alien, you can see a dolly track lining the floor.

Crew/Equipment Visible
Just after the alien bursts from Kane's chest, you can see 2 steel rods supporting either side of the head. They disappear into the neck when the body is raised high enough.

Factual Mistake
A moving dippy bird toy is shown in the opening scene. Dippy birds require water to work. As the crew is in hibernation and has been for some time, the water in the glass in front of the dippy bird would have long ago evaporated, so the toy would be motionless, not dipping.

Factual Mistake
Dallas informs the crew that Mother, the ship's computer, has interrupted their journey having intercepted a transmission of unknown origin, an acoustical beacon that repeats at intervals of 12 seconds. Acoustics is a branch of science dealing with sound. Sound is a mechanical wave that requires a medium, like air or water, in order to propagate. There is none of that in space. The tagline of the movie, "In space no one can hear you scream" also applies to an acoustical beacon.

Factual Mistake
The planetoid where the Nostromo finds the alien spaceship is said to be 1200 kilometers diameter with a surface gravity of .86G. (Earth is 1G.) The horizon would curve visibly on a moon that tiny. By Newton's Law of Gravitation, a body that small would need a density of 50 grams per cubic centimeter to achieve .86G. This is more than twice the density of osmium, the densest element known. It's unlikely that the moon would be made of a massive ball of some hitherto unheard-of, super-dense, stable element. Together, this indicates that the size of the moon is incorrect.
Trivia:
To get Jones the cat to react fearfully to the descending Alien, a German Shepherd was placed in front of him with a screen between the two, so the cat wouldn't see it at first, and came over. The screen was then suddenly removed to make Jones stop, and start hissing.

The rumor that the cast, except for John Hurt, did not know what would happen during the chestburster scene is partly true. The scene had been explained for them, but they did not know specifics. For instance, Veronica Cartwright did not expect to be sprayed with blood.

The blue laser lights that were used in the alien ship's egg chamber were borrowed from The Who. The band was testing out the lasers for their stage show in the soundstage next door.

It was conceptual artist Ron Cobb who came up with the idea that the Alien should bleed acid. This came about when Dan O'Bannon couldn't find a reason why the Nostromo crew just wouldn't shoot the Alien with a gun.

The inside of the alien eggs as seen by Kane was composed of real organic material. Director Ridley Scott used cattle hearts and stomachs. The tail of the facehugger was sheep intestine.

20th Century Fox doubled the budget from $4.2 million to $8.4 million on the strength of seeing Ridley Scott's storyboards.

Shredded condoms were used to create tendons of the beast's ferocious jaws

Ridley Scott cites three films as the shaping influences on his movie: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) for their depiction of outer space, and Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) (1974) for its treatment of horror.

Ridley Scott stated that in casting the role of Ripley, it ultimately came down to Sigourney Weaver and Meryl Streep. The two actresses had been schoolmates at Yale.

The front (face) part of the alien costume's head is made from a cast of a real human skull.

The dead facehugger that Ash autopsies was made using fresh shellfish, four oysters and a sheep kidney to recreate the internal organs.

The creature is never filmed directly facing the camera due to the humanoid features of its face. Ridley Scott, determined at all costs to dispel any notion of a man in a rubber suit, filmed the beast in varying close-up angles of its ghastly profile, very rarely capturing the beast in its entirety.

Copywriter Barbara Gips came up with the famed tagline: "In space, no one can hear you scream."

In H.R. Giger's original illustrations the creature has eyes. For the movie, Giger insisted that the creature have no eyes, thus giving the bleak appearance of a cold and emotionless beast.

The chestbursting scene was considered the second scariest movie moment of all time on Bravo's The 100 Scariest Movie Moments (2004).