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Alien is an influential science fiction series that began with the film Alien, which was released on May 25, 1979. The film became a pop culture phenomenon and spawned three more feature films and an extensive collection of licensed books, comics, video games, toys, and other products — all of which are set within a fictional future era. In 2004 the film series was officially crossed with the Predator series with the release of the film Alien vs. Predator (based on an earlier comic book), which was set in the present era. That film spawned a sequel and merchandise line of its own, merging the fictional storylines of the two franchises into a single continuity.

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Alien is a 1979 science fiction/horror film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto. The film's title refers to its primary antagonist: a highly aggressive extraterrestrial creature which stalks and kills the crew of a spaceship.

Alien was critically acclaimed and a box office success, it received an Academy Award for Visual Effects, Saturn Awards for Best Science Fiction Film, Best Direction for Ridley Scott and Best Supporting Actress for Veronica Cartwright and a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, along with numerous other award nominations. It has remained highly praised, being inducted into the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 2002 for historical preservation as a film which is "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and was ranked by the American Film Institute in 2008 as the seventh-best film in the science fiction genre.

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  • Winona Ryder wanted to use a body double to film her parts in the underwater scene of Alien: Resurrection because she suffered anxiety from nearly drowning at age 12 and had not been in the water since. She agreed to film the scene because the body double would be too obvious to audiences due to the difference in hair length.
  • Roughly 70% of the creature effects shots in Alien vs. Predator were created using suits, puppets, and miniatures rather than computer-generated imagery (CGI), as director Paul W.S. Anderson wanted the monsters to be "there in the frame". CGI tails were added to the Aliens and the queen, as they were difficult to animate using puppetry.

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Ellen Ripley is the chief protagonist of the Alien series of films, played by actress Sigourney Weaver in all four movies of the series. The character debuted in the 1979 film Alien and was Weaver's first leading role in a motion picture. Ripley serves as the Warrant Officer on the spaceship Nostromo, which faces a serious threat when an Alien is brought onboard from planet LV-426. Ripley defeats the creature and is the only survivor. She returns in Aliens (1986) to lead a group of Marines back to LV-426, and has a climactic fight with the Alien queen. Alien 3 (1992) finds her on a prison planet battling yet another Alien, only to discover that she has an Alien queen growing inside her. Ripley commits suicide in order to keep her employer, the Weyland-Yutani corporation, from using the Aliens as biological weapons. In Alien: Resurrection (1997) Ripley is cloned on a spaceship by the military so that they can extract the queen from her and raise Aliens of their own, which quickly escape. The clone Ripley uses newfound abilities such as enhanced strength and acidic blood to prevent the Aliens from reaching Earth. In the end Ripley finds herself back on Earth, over 250 years after she originally set out on the Nostromo. The character does not appear in either of the subsequent Alien vs. Predator films, which are set hundreds of years prior to Alien. In 2003 Ripley was named by the American Film Institute as the eighth greatest hero in American cinema history.


  • "Let me see if I have this correct, Lieutenant - it's an 8-foot creature of some kind with acid for blood, and it arrived on your spaceship. It kills on sight, and is generally unpleasant. And of course, you expect me accept all this on your word." - Andrews in Alien 3
  • "There's a monster in your chest. These guys hijacked your ship, and they sold your cryo tube to this...human, and he put an alien inside of you. It's a really nasty one, and in a few hours it's gonna burst its way through your ribcage, and you're gonna die. Any questions?" - Ripley to Purvis in Alien: Resurrection
  • "This is like finding Moses' DVD collection." - Miller in Alien vs. Predator
  • "Unless you can fly the helicopter, shut the fuck up." - Dallas in Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
  • "You still don't understand what you're dealing with, do you? A perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility." - Ash in Alien

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