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Alien - Das unheimliche Wesen aus einer fremden Welt

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After receiving a distress signal, the commercial spacecraft Nostromo lands on an uninhabited moon, where the crew finds the wreck of an alien spaceship. When a creature attaches itself to a ship’s officer, the crew takes it back on board. The alien turns out to be extremely robust and aggressive. And it continues to grow. One by one, it decimates the crew until only the female officer Ripley survives ... Alien marked the start of modern, “adult” science fiction films. In a counterpoint to the “clean look” of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), the film envisaged a dingy, loud and “run-down” future. H.R. Giger’s Oscar-winning design for the armoured and slimy giant reptile was a decisive influence on future film creatures. Alien also broke the glass ceiling on female action heroes. That, along with Ripley’s phallic adversary, male “pregnancy”, and an all-knowing command computer dubbed “Mother” provided fodder for a psychoanalytic interpretation previously unknown in the genre. Since then, extraterrestrial onscreen villains have effectively been considered a reflection of human deprivation and repression. The film itself “gave birth” to three official sequels (1986 – 1997), two prequels (2012, 2017), and numerous unauthorized imitations.

Ridley Scott

United Kingdom / USA 1979


117’ · Colour · 2K DCP

Theatrical Version, digitally restored

Rating R16


Tom Skerritt
Sigourney Weaver
Veronica Cartwright
Harry Dean Stanton
John Hurt
Ian Holm
Yaphet Kotto


Ridley Scott
Dan OʼBannon, based on an idea by Dan OʼBannon and Ronald Shusett
Derek Vanlint
Terry Rawlings, Peter Weatherley
Jerry Goldsmith
Derrick Leather
Production Design
Michael Seymour, Les Dilley, Roger Christian
Special Effects
Brian Johnson, Nick Allder, HR Giger
John Mollo
Tommy Manderson
Gordon Carroll, David Giler, Walter Hill

Produced by

Twentieth Century Fox

DCP: Park Circus, Glasgow