• 1979
  • R
  • 117 min
  • UK, USA
  • horror, science fiction

The crew of a spacecraft, Nostromo, intercept a distress signal from a planet and set out to investigate it. However, to their horror, they are attacked by an alien which later invades their ship.

Director: Ridley Scott

Writers: Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett

Stars: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt

A modern classic, Alien blends science fiction, horror and bleak poetry into a seamless whole.

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  • Ridley Scott
    Ridley Scott
    Scott was born in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England, the son of Elizabeth and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. He was raised in an Army family, meaning that for most of his early life, his father — an officer in the Royal Engineers — was absent. Ridley's older brother, Frank, joined the Merchant Navy when he was still young and the pair had little contact. During this time the...

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  • Stephen Cole (Globe and Mail)

    Seen again a quarter-century later, we marvel at how the filmmaker generates so much tension and sweat with a bare minimum of moving parts. | Full Review...

  • Jim Ross (Roobla)

    A truly remarkable film that hasn't aged a day, thanks to the horrific and inspired Giger design work, miniatures-based special effects and the tone Ridley Scott created. | Full Review...

  • Peter Bradshaw (Guardian)

    After 40 years, this sci-fi horror masterpiece still feels lethally contemporary. | Full Review...


Tagline: In space no one can hear you scream.

Certificate: R

Genres: horror, science fiction

Categories: starship crew, outer space, creature, sole survivor, biology, spaceship, alien, xenomorph, space travel, tough girl, ellen ripley character, cryogenics, parasite, code breaking, cargo spaceship, alien planet, spacesuit


Producer: Gordon Carroll, David Giler, Walter Hill, Ivor Powell

Editor: Terry Rawlings, Peter Weatherley

Casting: Mary Goldberg, Mary Selway

Director of photography: Derek Vanlint

Original music composer: Jerry Goldsmith

Costume design: John Mollo

Executive producer: Ronald Shusett

Production design: Michael Seymour, Roger Christian, H.R. Giger

Details and Technical Specs

Runtime: 117 min

Country: UK, USA

Language: English

Sound Mix: Dolby

Aspect Ratio: 2.39 : 1

Color: Color

Also Known As

  • Alien, el octavo pasajero (ES)