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Alien
In Space No One Can Hear You Scream.
( Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller )


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MPAA Rating:
R
[sci-fi violence/gore and language]

US Runtime: 117 min

Premiere Date:
May 25, 1979   [USA]
 
Director: Ridley Scott
 
Writers: Ronald Shusett   [story]
David Giler   [uncredited]
 
Producers: Ronald Shusett   [Executive Producer]
Gordon Carroll   [Producer]
David Giler   [Producer]
Walter Hill   [Producer]
Ivor Powell   [Associate Producer]
 
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
 
Cinematography: Derek Vanlint
 
Edited by: Terry Rawlings
 
Production Companys: 20th Century Fox
Brandywine Productions Ltd.
 


Cast:

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 voice
Eddie Powell
Alien (uncredited)
 
 

Crew:

Peter Baldock
asst. film editor
Saul Bass
title designer
Adrian Biddle
camera focus
Stanley Bielecki
advertising and publicity consultant
Percy Edwards
alien vocalizator
Ray Evans
gaffer
Mark Haggard
production executive
Les Healey
first asst. editor
 
Charles Lippincott
advertising and publicity consultant
Sandy Molloy
asst. to director
Arthur Morton
orchestrator
Lionel Newman
conductor
Tiny Nicholls
wardrobe supervisor
Bob Penn
still photographer
Mary Selway
casting: UK
Micky Wilson
electrician
 
 

Special Effects:

Filmfex Animation Services Ltd.
special optical effects
 
 

Miscellaneous Companies:

Animals Unlimited
Jones trained by
Anvil Recording Studios
music recorded at
Lee Lighting Ltd.
lighting
R/Greenberg Associates Inc.
title design
 
Sony U.K. Ltd.
video equipment
Steve Frankfurt Communications
title design
Thorn EMI Elstree Studios
post-production
Tony Silver Films
title design
 
 

Filming Locations: (Now With Clickable Links To Location On Google Maps)

 

Tech Info:

Camera:
Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Color Info:
Color (DeLuxe)
Cinematographic Process:
Panavision
Laboratory:
DeLuxe, USA / Rank Film Laboratories, Denham, UK
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Film Negative Format:
35 mm - Kodak 5247
Printed Film Format:
35 mm / 70 mm

Quotes:

  • Ripley: Come on, Ash, I mean, the Science Department should be able to help us. What can we do to drive it?
    Ash: Yes, well, it has adapted remarkably well to our atmosphere considering its nutritional requirements. The only thing we don't know about is temperature.
    Ripley: OK, what about temperature? What happens if we change it?
    Ash: Let's try it. Most animals retreat from fire, yes?
    Dallas: Fire, yeah.
     
  • [Ripley has tried to disengage the self-destruct.]
    Ripley: Mother! Turn the cooling unit back on! Mother! ...You bitch!
     
  • Ripley: Ash, that transmission -- Mother's deciphered part of it. It doesn't look like an S.O.S.
    Ash: Well, what is it, then?
    Ripley: Well, I, it looks like a warning. I'm going to go out after them.
    Ash: What's the point? I mean... by the time it takes to get there, you'll, they'll know if it's a warning or not, yes?
     
  • Kane: Oh, I feel dead.
    Parker: Anybody ever tell you you look dead?
     
  • Ripley: Ash?! Any suggestions from you or Mother?
    Ash: No, we're still collating.
    Ripley: [laughing in disbelief] You what? You're still collating? I find that hard to believe.
    Ash: What would you like me to do?
    Ripley: Just what you've been doing, Ash, nothing!
     

Trivia:

  • Parts of the Nostromo set were cannibalized to make the corridor in the Vogon spaceship in _##Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, The (3537)##_.
     
  • A sex scene between Dallas and Ripley was in the script, but was not filmed.
     
  • According to a quote from Veronica Cartwright in a film magazine, in the scene where the alien's tail wraps around her legs, they are actually Harry Dean Stanton's legs, in a shot originally filmed for another scene entirely.
     
  • 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 example, Veronica Cartwright did not expect to be sprayed with blood.
     
  • The models had to be repainted every evening of the shoot because the slime used on-set removed the acrylic paint from their surfaces.
     

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