There Are Some Places In The Universe You Don't Go Alone
( Action / Horror / Sci-Fi / Thriller )

Aliens Poster

MPAA Rating:

US Runtime: 137 min

Premiere Date:
Jul 18, 1986   [USA]
Director: James Cameron
Writers: David Giler   [story]
James Cameron   [also story]
Producers: Gordon Carroll   [Executive Producer]
David Giler   [Executive Producer]
Walter Hill   [Executive Producer]
Gale Anne Hurd   [Producer]
Music by James Horner
Jerry Goldsmith   [uncredited]
Cinematography: Adrian Biddle
Edited by: Ray Lovejoy
Production Companys: 20th Century Fox
Brandywine Productions Ltd.


Sigourney Weaver
Ellen Ripley
Michael Biehn
Corporal Dwayne Hicks
Paul Reiser
Carter J. Burke
Lance Henriksen
Carrie Henn
Rebecca 'Newt' Jordan
Bill Paxton
Private W. Hudson
William Hope
Lt. W. Gorman
Jenette Goldstein
Private J. Vasquez
Al Matthews
Sergeant A. Apone
Mark Rolston
Private M. Drake
Ricco Ross
Private R. Frost
Colette Hiller
Corporal C. Ferro
Cynthia Dale Scott
Corporal C. Dietrich
Tip Tipping
Private T. Crowe
Trevor Steedman
Private T. Wierzbowski
Paul Maxwell
Weyland-Yutani Corp. Rep. Van Leuwen
Valerie Colgan
Alan Polonsky
Insurance Man
Alibe Parsons
Med Tech
Blain Fairman
Barbara Coles
Cocooned Woman
Carl Toop
Alien Warrior
John Lees
Power Loader Operator
Kiran Shah
Newt's Double #2
Jay Benedict
Russ Jorden (special edition)
Mac McDonald
Colony Officer Simpson (special edition)
William Armstrong
Holly De Jong
Ann Jorden
Christopher Henn
Timmy Jordan (special edition)


Peter Boita
associate editor
Pete Cavaciuti
steadicam operator
Ron Cobb
conceptual designer
Michael Condro
first asst. camera
Jane Feinberg
casting: USA
Mike Fenton
casting: USA
Randall Frakes
synthesizer effects
Geoff Freeman
unit publicist
H.R. Giger
original alien designer
Stewart Hadley
generator operator
Martin Hume
camera focus
Paul Kenward
focus puller
Martin Kenzie
first asst. camera: second camera
Michael McDermott
gaffer: second unit
Greig McRitchie
Tiny Nicholls
costume supervisor
Bob Penn
still photographer
Jay Roberts
location auditor
Phil Sanderson
first asst. editor
Mary Selway
casting: UK
Judy Taylor
casting: USA
Paul Tucker
production controller
Ian Underwood
synthesizer effects
David Worley
camera operator

Special Effects:

Fantasy II Film Effects
Peerless Camera Co. Ltd.
Stan Winston Studio
The L.A. Effects Group

Miscellaneous Companies:

motion control
Peerless Camera Co. Ltd.
motion control
Peter Aston model effects

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


Tech Info:

Moviecam Cameras
Color Info:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Cinematographic Process:
Rank Film Laboratories, Denham, UK
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1
Film Negative Format:
35 mm - Kodak 5294 & 5295
Printed Film Format:
35 mm / 70 mm


  • Van Leuwin: Thank you, Officer Ripley, that will be all.
    Ripley: God damn it, that's not all!! 'Cause if one of those things get down here then that will be all! And all this bullshit that you think is so important, you can kiss all that goodbye!
  • [All doors have been welded closed against the advancing aliens.]
    Hicks: Now all we need is a deck of cards.
  • [Pulling out his pump-action shotgun.]
    Hicks: I like to keep this handy for close encounters.
  • Ripley: These people are here to protect you. They are soldiers.
    Newt: It won't make any difference.
  • [On whether she would return to LV-426]
    Ripley: Now please leave. I am not going back, and I am... I would not be any good to you if I did.


  • During the scene inside the APV preparing for battle, "El riesgo vive siempre!" can be seen scrawled in white across Vasquez's armor. This is Spanish for "The risky always live!"
  • Michael Biehn's character gets bitten on the hand by another character. This happens to him in every James Cameron movie he's in - see The Abyss and The Terminator.
  • All the marines (with the exception of Hicks) use thir real life first names as their characters' first names.
  • The mechanism used to make the face-huggers thrash about in the stasis tubes in the science lab came from one of the "flying piranhas" in one of Cameron's earlier movies Piranha Part Two: The Spawning. It took nine people to make the face-hugger work; one person for each leg and one for the tail.
  • The shotgun that Hicks (Michael Biehn) pulls out in case of "close encounters" is the same weapon that Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) used in The Terminator, another James Cameron film.

Credits Fun:

  • As the final credits fade, there is the sound of an alien egg opening.


Visit The Aliens Store

back to the Film Archives

Questions, Comments?   Please Contact ASH
Movie Database Last Updated: Mar 27, 2017
You are visitor since 04 Oct 2017

page design & content copyright © 2019 Andrew S. Harris

Dolby and the the double-d symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation.
THX is a trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd.

return to