Genre:  Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller
Running Time:  117 min.
Release Date: May 25, 1979

Current rating: Rating: 4.41
based on 17 votes and 4 reviews
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Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Harry Dean Stanton, Veronica Cartwright, Yaphet Kotto


Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt and John Hurt star in Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller Alien.

When the crew of the space cargo ship Nostromo lands on a planet in response to a an SOS, the crew members come upon strange pods, one of which spews forth a fleshy insect-like creature that locks on to the face of crewmember Kane (Hurt). Despite Ripley's (Weaver) advice, science officer Ash allows Kane to return to the ship, where the creature finally releases its grip. Along with the ship's captain, Dallas (Skerritt), the crew must find the unknown alien in order to kill it or be killed.

Director: Ridley Scott
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Producer(s): David Giler, Gordon Carroll, Walter Hill
Screenplay: Dan O'Bannon

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  • 5 stars "Compared to Aliens, the best by far of the franchise, Alien is one dimensional yet is nevertheless outstanding. It is a horror movie but unlike the trash that constitutes most of its genre this gem stands out. The suspense is as good as it gets and the story is well done. Only James Cameron could and did exceed this amazing film but I can't in good conscience give this a four star rating just to indicate that Aliens was better."
  • 5 stars "ALIENS has nothing on ALIEN."
  • 5 stars "this is just about the greatest scifi of all time and is exceeded only by the sequel Aliens"