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: Horror , Science fiction

Production Co: Twentieth Century Fox, Brandywine Productions

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Keywords: Dark, Suspenseful, Escape

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Wendy IdeScreen International

    Just as Ripley is the female action hero against whom all others are judged, so the alien itself, brilliantly conceived by HR Giger and, equally brilliantly, concealed by Scott and kept in shadow for much of the film, is one of the most terrifying monsters in cinema history. show more

  • 100
    Slate

    The scariest movie in history is actually a bit shy. The subtle, romantic score by Jerry Goldsmith is what keeps the tension at a simmer. show more

  • 100
    Film Threat

    This is a five star film because it is one of the most perfect science fiction thrillers of all time. show more

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Awards

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