Alien Movie Review 1979

Information and Film Reviews for Alien the Movie

Staff rating


Visitor rating
4.0 4.0 from 2 reviews

Terse direction, stunning sets and special effects, and a well-seasoned cast save this from being another "Slimy monster from Outerspace" story. Instead it's a grisly rollercoaster of suspense and fear (and a huge boxoffice hit). Intergalactic freighter's crew is invaded by an unstoppable carnivorous alien intent on picking off the crew one by one. While the cast mostly bitches and banters while awaiting the horror of their imminent departure, Weaver is exceptional as Ripley, a self-reliant survivor who goes toe to toe with the Big Ugly. Futuristic, in the belly of the beast visual design creates a vivid sense of claustrophobic doom enhanced further by the ominous score. Oscar-winning special effects include the classic baby alien busting out of the crew guy's chest routine, a rib-splitting ten on the gore meter. Successfully followed by "Aliens" and "Alien 3."

Distribution

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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 116 minutes.
Originally from British.

Cast and Crew

Genres
Sci Fi, Aliens Are People, Too, Unhappy Meals, Alien Beings--Vicious, Space Operas, Wonder Women, Robots & Androids, Top Grossing Films of 1979, Special FX Wizards: Anton Furst, Cats, Computers
Screenplay
Dan O'Bannon
Cast
Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Bolaji Badejo
Cinematography
Derek Vanlint
Director
Ridley Scott
Music
Jerry Goldsmith
Other
Helen Horton, Terry Rawlings, Peter Weatherley, Roger Christian, Les(lie) Dilley
Producer
20th Century-Fox

Awards

Oscars 1979: Visual FX, Natl. Film Reg. 2002.

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