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20,974 Ratings


Directed by Ridley Scott
United States, United Kingdom, 1979
Horror, Sci-Fi


A spaceship crew responding to an SOS on a distant planet comes face-to-face with an insidious new life form and must fight to save themselves as it begins to hunt them one by one.

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Alien Directed by Ridley Scott

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1980 | Nominee: Best Art Direction-Set Decoration

1980 | Winner: Best Effects, Visual Effects



It may be a sign of how much blockbuster standards have eroded that critics once panned Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi/horror landmark as the epitome of soulless, mechanical junk. Today it plays like an art film — astonishingly quiet, daringly slow, a work of unnerving elegance that (with apologies to John Hurt) takes its sweet time slithering its way into your chest.
October 31, 2016
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The movie’s defining quality is rooted not simply in its thrills or its vivid imaginative palette, but in its slow, patient, nerveless storytelling, so different from the mad rush of images in much contemporary filmmaking.
October 09, 2016
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ALIEN’s innovative, languorously developed, and politically relevant narrative structure is also accompanied by simultaneously punishing and dazzling sound-effects work, romanticizing the harsh interstellar environment with a progressively intense and surprisingly passionate lullaby of humming, clicking, whirring, dripping, hissing, and shrieking noises.
November 16, 2012
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