Alien

Release Date: May 25th, 1979

DVD Release Date: January 6th, 2004

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, Helen Horton

Director: Ridley Scott

Genres: Science fiction , Horror

Production Co: Twentieth Century Fox, Brandywine Productions

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Suspenseful , Escape , Dark ,

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Lawrence ToppmanCharlotte Observer

    Watching it again reminded me how remarkably the sound engineers did their jobs. Listen to the subtly amplified heartbeat - Ripley's? the ship's? - that pulses under the soundtrack through the last 15 minutes. show more

  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Feels like a streamlined improvement on the original. show more

  • 100
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The best thriller of 2003 was made in 1979. show more

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Awards

Nominated Art Direction
Winner Visual Effects
Nominated Costume Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Anthony Asquith Award for Original Music for a Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Winner Production Design
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Winner Soundtrack
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Film Editing
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)
Nominated Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Nominated Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1979)