• Alien (1979)

Alien

Release Date: June 22nd, 1979

R |1 hr 57 min

Plot Summary

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life-form, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

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

Director: Ridley Scott

Genres: Horror , Sci-Fi

Production Co: Brandywine Productions,

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Ratings & Reviews

  • 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
    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
    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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