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

Alien Poster

MPAA Rating:
[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.


Tom Skerritt
Sigourney Weaver
Veronica Cartwright
Harry Dean Stanton
John Hurt
Ian Holm
Yaphet Kotto
Bolaji Badejo
Helen Horton
Mother voice
Eddie Powell
Alien (uncredited)


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
Mark Haggard
production executive
Les Healey
first asst. editor
Charles Lippincott
advertising and publicity consultant
Sandy Molloy
asst. to director
Arthur Morton
Lionel Newman
Tiny Nicholls
wardrobe supervisor
Bob Penn
still photographer
Mary Selway
casting: UK
Micky Wilson

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.
R/Greenberg Associates Inc.
title design
Sony U.K. Ltd.
video equipment
Steve Frankfurt Communications
title design
Thorn EMI Elstree Studios
Tony Silver Films
title design

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


Tech Info:

Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Color Info:
Color (DeLuxe)
Cinematographic Process:
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


  • Ripley: Whenever he says *anything* you say "right," Brett, you know that?
    Brett: Right!
    Ripley: Parker, what do you think? Your staff just follows you around and says "right"? Looks like a regular parrot.
    Parker: [laughs] Yes... What, are you some kind of parrot?
    Brett: Right!
  • 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.
  • [Ripley has tried to disengage the self-destruct.]
    Ripley: Mother! Turn the cooling unit back on! Mother! ...You bitch!
  • Kane: Oh, I feel dead.
    Parker: Anybody ever tell you you look dead?
  • Ripley: When we throw the switches, how long before the ship blows?
    Parker: Ten minutes.
    Ripley: No bullshit?
    Parker: If we ain't outta here in ten minutes, we won't need no rocket to fly through space.


  • In _##Blue Planet, The (10962)##_, David Attenborough said the 'Alien' monster was modeled after the Phronima, a creature spotted by submersibles at great depths. It's only an inch long, mostly transparent, and it looks like a shrimp with head, eyes, jaws and teeth just like the H.R. Giger monster.
  • This is one of two science fiction movies featuring Ian Holm in which there is a character by the name of "Dallas". The other one is The Fifth Element (with Bruce Willis as Corben Dallas).
  • 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.
  • Parts of the Nostromo set were cannibalized to make the corridor in the Vogon spaceship in _##Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy, The (3537)##_.
  • The Nostromo was built to the, then, current NASA specifications for spacecraft. Some of the displays from the Nostromo are reused in Blade Runner.


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