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The planet from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough?

Release Year: 1986

Rating: 8.5/10 (225,600 voted)

Critic's Score: 87/100

Director: James Cameron

Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn

Fifty-odd years after Ellen Ripley survived her disastrous ordeal, her escape vessel is recovered after drifting across the galaxy as she slept in cryogenic stasis. Back on earth, nobody believed her story about the "Aliens" on the planet LV-426. After the "Company" orders the colony on LV-426 to investigate, however, all communication with the colony is lost. The Company enlists Ripley to aid a team of tough, rugged space marines on a rescue mission to the now partially terraformed planet to find out if there are aliens or survivors. As the mission unfolds, Ripley will be forced to come to grips with her worst nightmare, but even as she does, she finds that the worst is yet to come.

Writers: James Cameron, David Giler

Sigourney Weaver - Ellen Ripley
Carrie Henn - Rebecca 'Newt' Jorden
Michael Biehn - Cpl. Dwayne Hicks
Paul Reiser - Carter Burke
Lance Henriksen - Bishop
Bill Paxton - Pvt. Hudson
Jenette Goldstein - Pvt. Vasquez
William Hope - Lt. Gorman
Al Matthews - Sgt. Apone
Mark Rolston - Pvt. Drake
Ricco Ross - Pvt. Frost
Colette Hiller - Cpl. Ferro
Daniel Kash - Pvt. Spunkmeyer
Cynthia Dale Scott - Cpl. Dietrich (as Cynthia Scott)
Tip Tipping - Pvt. Crowe

Taglines: The bitch is back.

Release Date: 18 July 1986

Filming Locations: Acton Lane Power Station, Acton Lane, Acton, London, England, UK

Box Office Details

Budget: $18,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $10,052,042 (USA) (20 July 1986) (1437 Screens)

Gross: $131,060,248 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | USA: (special edition)

Did You Know?

Director Trademark: [James Cameron] [flying vehicles] The flying vehicles in Cameron's films exhibit helicopter-like flight characteristics regardless of their design. Specifically, the noses of the vehicles dip to initiate forward movement (also: Terminator, Terminator 2, True Lies, Avatar).

Continuity: Near the end when Ripley is on the dropship, she is seen arming herself. We see her grab a flamethrower from the weapons rack. She then lays a pulse rifle on the deck. Next she pulls a pulse rifle from the rack, and lays down a flamethrower. (The 2010 Blu-ray is slightly re-edited to remove this error.)

[first lines]
Salvage team leader: Bio-readouts are all in the green, looks like she's alive. Well, there goes our salvage, guys.

User Review

This ain't a film.

Rating: 10/10

THE sci-fi movie. It's nearly perfect in every way: storyline, characters, menacing threat, suspense, action, direction, music, emotion, etc... It's always been a favorite of mine and still is. To me this is not just a film, it is an experience. The adrenaline pumps like in no other film and rarely have we had the chance to see a heroine as compelling as Sigourney Weaver. She can kick anyone's ass and still keep a heart and soul. (Why she didn't win the Oscar back in 1986 is beyond me.) When the action starts, you're in for the ride of your life. Truly a milestone in movie making. Now if they could only release it on DVD...

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