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Alien Academy Award Winner! Academy Award Nomination! 

By Jeff Shannon

A landmark of science fiction and horror, Alien arrived in 1979 between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back as a stylishly malevolent alternative to George Lucas's space fantasy. Partially inspired by 1958's It! 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 freighter Nostromo, who fall prey to a vicious creature (designed by Swiss artist H.R. Giger) that had gestated inside one 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, Alien is one of the cinema's most unforgettable nightmares.

Academy Awards

Alien received an Academy Award for Special Visual Effects (H.R. Giger, Carlo Rambaldi, Brian Johnson, Nick Allder, Denys Ayling). Alien also received an Academy Awards nomination for Art Direction/Set Decoration (Michael Seymour - Art Direction, Les Dilley - Art Direction, Roger Christian - Art Direction, Ian Whittaker - Set Decoration).

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Director: Ridley Scott

Stars: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

Released: May 25, 1979

Availability: DVD VHS CD


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