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A landmark of science fiction and horror,Alienarrived in 1979 betweenStar WarsandThe Empire Strikes Backas a stylishly malevolent alternative to George Lucas's space fantasy. Partially inspired by 1958'sIt! The Terror from Beyond Space, this instant classic set a tone of its own, offering richly detailed sets, ominous atmosphere, relentless suspense, and a flawless ensemble cast as the crew of the space freighterNostromo, who fall prey to a vicious creature (designed by Swiss artist H.R. Giger) that had gestatedinsideone of the ill-fated crew members. In a star-making role, Sigourney Weaver excels as sole survivor Ripley, becoming the screen's most popular heroine in a lucrative movie franchise. To measure the film's success, one need only recall the many images that have been burned into our collective psyche, including the "facehugger," the "chestburster," and Ripley's climactic encounter with the full-grown monster. Impeccably directed by Ridley Scott,Alienis one of the cinema's most unforgettable nightmares.--Jeff Shannon
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CastJohn Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto, Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, Helen Horton, Bolaji Badejo
DirectorRidley Scott
Genre:  Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Release Date:  25 May 1979 (USA)
MPAA Rating:  R
Screen WriterDan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett
Runtime:  117 min
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