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: Dan O'Bannon   [story]
Ronald Shusett   [story]
Dan O'Bannon
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:

$11,000,000 (USA)
Panavision Cameras and Lenses
Color Info:
Color (DeLuxe)
DeLuxe, USA / Rank Film Laboratories, Denham, UK
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Cinematographic Process:
Film Negative Format:
35 mm - Kodak 5247
Printed Film Format:
35 mm / 70 mm
Production Dates:
05 Jul 1978 - Dec 1978


  • 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.
  • [Ripley has tried to disengage the self-destruct.]
    Ripley: Mother! Turn the cooling unit back on! Mother! ...You bitch!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • [After discovering the alien bleeds acid.]
    Parker: It's got a wonderful defense mechanism: you don't dare kill it.


  • The models had to be repainted every evening of the shoot because the slime used on-set removed the acrylic paint from their surfaces.
  • "Nostromo" is the title of a Joseph Conrad book. The shuttle that Ripley escapes on is called the "Narcissus", a reference to another Conrad book. See also Aliens.
  • 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 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.
  • The front (face) part of the alien costume's head is made from a cast of a real human skull.

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