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


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MPAA Rating:
R
[language]

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.
 


Cast:

Sigourney Weaver
Ellen Ripley
Michael Biehn
Corporal Dwayne Hicks
Paul Reiser
Carter J. Burke
Lance Henriksen
Bishop
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
Daniel Kash
Private D. Spunkmeyer
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
ECA Rep
Alan Polonsky
Insurance Man
Alibe Parsons
Med Tech
Blain Fairman
Doctor
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
Lydecker
Holly De Jong
Ann Jorden
Christopher Henn
Timmy Jordan (special edition)
 
 

Crew:

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
orchestrator
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:

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

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

 

Tech Info:

Budget:
$18,500,000 (USA)
Camera:
Moviecam Cameras
Color Info:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Laboratory:
Rank Film Laboratories, Denham, UK
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1
Cinematographic Process:
Spherical
Film Negative Format:
35 mm - Kodak 5294 & 5295
Printed Film Format:
35 mm / 70 mm
Shooting Dates:
Sep 1985 - Jan 1986

Quotes:

  • Ripley: What do those pulse rifles fire?
    Gorman: 10 millimeter explosive tip caseless. Standard light armor piercing round. Why?
     
  • Ripley: These people are here to protect you. They are soldiers.
    Newt: It won't make any difference.
     
  • Newt: We'd better get back, 'cause it'll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night... mostly.
     
  • 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!
     
  • [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.
     

Trivia:

  • 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.
     
  • "She thought they said 'illegal aliens' and signed up..." said Hudson. This line (directed towards Vasquez) was in inside joke amongst the actors. Jenette Goldstein (Vasquez) had gone to the audition thinking the film would be about illegal immigrants. She arrived with waist-long hair and lots of makeup. Everyone else was wearing military fatigues.
     
  • None of the models or the original designs of the Narcissus (the Nostromo's shuttle) from Alien could be found, so set designers and model-makers had to reconstruct the model of the ship and the interior set from watching Alien.
     
  • Hicks was originally played by James Remar, but Michael Biehn replaced him a few days after principal photography began, due to "artistic differences" between Remar and director James Cameron.
     
  • The M-56 smart guns and the sentry guns built for the movie were designed around German MG 42 machine guns.
     

Credits Fun:

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


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