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 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. Read More
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as Kane
as Ripley
as Dallas
as Alien
as Ash
as Lambert
as Parker

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Director of Photography

Music

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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 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
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".

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

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.
Trivia:
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.

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.

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

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 part of the alien costume's head is made from a cast of a real human skull.

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

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