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R| 1 hr. 57 min.

Plot Summary
In deep space, the crew of the commercial starship Nostromo is awakened from their cryo-sleep capsules halfway through their journey home to investigate a distress call from an alien vessel. The terror begins when the crew encounters a nest of eggs inside the alien ship. An organism from inside an egg leaps out and attaches itself to one of the crew, causing him to fall into a coma.

Cast: Tom Skerritt , Sigourney Weaver , John Hurt , Veronica Cartwright , Harry Dean Stanton , Ian Holm , Yaphet Kotto ,

Director: Ridley Scott

Genres: Science fiction, Horror

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

Alien (1979)

Release Date: May 25th, 1979|1 hr. 57 min.

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  • August 04, 2014 filmnoirfugitive
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    This is one of the best horror/sci-fi flix ever. Veronica Cartwright, who played Lambert in Alien (1979), is scheduled to appear at the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, Hunt Valley, Md., at the Hunt Valley Wyndham Hotel, Sept. 18-20. There is supposed to be a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, one of the other great films in which Cartwright was featured. More info http://midatlanticnostalgiaconvention.com

  • April 22, 2011 kairp1
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    It had an OK story

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Eric Larnick on Jun 8th, 2012 6:14PM

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Roger Corman Almost Made an All-Male 'Alien,' and Other Secrets About the Film

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Moviefone Staff on Oct 19th, 2011 2:20PM

Last month, 'Alien Vault,' a definitive behind-the-scenes account of Ridley Scott's 'Alien,' was released. The book features all sorts of goodies, including blueprints of the Nostromo, photos from the...

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