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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: 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?
     
  • [Last line]
    Ripley: Cargo and ship destroyed. I should reach the frontier in about 6 weeks. With a little luck, the network will pick me up. This is Ripley, last survivor of The Nostromo, signing off.
     
  • Parker: Before we dock, I think we ought to discuss the bonus situation. Brett and I, we think we ought to, we deserve full shares. Right?
    Brett: You see, Mr. Parker and I feel that the bonus situation has never been on a, an equitable level.
    Dallas: Well, you get what you contracted for like everybody else.
    Brett: Yes, but everybody else gets more than us.
     
  • Lambert: I can't see a goddamn thing.
    Kane: Quit griping!
    Lambert: I like griping.
     
  • Kane: Oh, I feel dead.
    Parker: Anybody ever tell you you look dead?
     

Trivia:

  • The alien's habit of laying eggs in the stomach (which then burst out) was inspired by the spider wasp (ichneumonid) that lays its eggs in the abdomen of spiders. This image gave Dan O'Bannon nightmares, which he used in creating the story.
     
  • Originally to be directed by Walter Hill, but he pulled out and gave the job to Ridley Scott.
     
  • A lawsuit by A.E. van Vogt, claiming plagiarism of his 1939 story "Discord in Scarlet" (which he had also incorporated in the 1950 novel "Voyage of the Space Beagle"), was settled out of court.
     
  • The embryonic movements of the "face hugger" (prior to bursting out of its egg) were created by Ridley Scott using both his rubber-gloved hands
     
  • Scott is reportedly quoted as saying that originally he wanted a much darker ending. He planned on having the alien bite off Ripley's head in the escape shuttle, sit in her chair, and then start speaking with her voice in a message to Earth. Apparently, 20th Century Fox wasn't too pleased with such a dark ending.
     

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