ALIEN is the first chapter in one of science fiction’s most popular and chilling sagas, and introduces Sigourney Weaver as Lt. Ripley, the iron-willed woman destined to battle the galaxy’s deadliest creature. The terror begins when the crew of a spaceship investigates a transmission from an isolated planet and makes a horrifying discovery. Ultimately, just one crew member is left alive, fighting not only for her survival, but all of mankind’s

Dan O’Bannon originally wrote the science-fiction film “Dark Star” while at the the University of Southern California film school. This film was directed by fellow student John Carpenter. This was then developed into a feature film. His next outing was working on the film ALIEN, then titled “Star Beast” with Ronald Shusett. Walter Hill was originally set to direct ALIEN, on the Dan O’Bannon script. After Hill pulled out, Ridley Scott got the job, and quickly was able to provide his own influence into the project. Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger designed the Alien creature. 27 years after its initial release, ALIEN has become a standard of science fiction. This film not only helped to launch the film careers of director Ridley Scott, but also actress Sigourney Weaver, infusing a strong heroine in the lead role of a big budget horror/action/sci-fi film.


Mega-corporation Weyland-Yutani operates the commercial mining spaceship “The Nostromo” which is manned by 7 crew members. Midway through its travel back to earth, it intercepts a radio signal of unknown meaning, from uncharted planet Acheron. Crew members Dalles, Kane, and Lambert go to investigate, they discover an derelict spacecraft, an go inside. Soon after, they quickly return to the Nostromo after having an unexpected meeting with an Alien creature.


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San Sebastián International Film Festival
Won “Silver Seashell” :
“Best Cinematography and Special Effects” : Alien

British Society of Cinematographers (1979)
Nominated :
“Best Cinematography Award” : Derek Vanlint

Academy Awards (1980)
Won ‘Oscar’ for :
“Best Visual Effects” : H.R. Giger, Carlo Rambaldi, Brian Johnson, Nick Allder, Denys Ayling.
Nominated :
“Best Art / Set Decoration” : Michael Seymour, Leslie Dilley, Roger Christian, Ian Whittaker.

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA (1980)
Won ‘Saturn’ Award for :
“Best Director” : Ridley Scott
“Best Science Fiction Film” : Alien
“Best Supporting Actress” : Veronica Cartwright
Nominated for :
“Best Actress” : Sigourney Weaver
“Best Make-up” : Pat Hay
“Best Supporting Actress” : Brian Johnson, Nick Allder
“Best Writing” : Dan O’Bannon

BAFTA Awards (1980)
Won ‘BAFTA’ Film Award for :
“Best Production Design” : Michael Seymour
“Best Sound Track” : Derrick Leather, Jim Shields, Bill Rowe
Nominated for :
“Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music” : Jerry Goldsmith
“Best Costume Design” : John Mollo
“Best Editing” : Terry Rawlings
“Best Supporting Actor” : John Hurt
“Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Role” : Sigourney Weaver

Golden Globes, USA (1980)
Nominated :
“Best Original Score – Motion Picture” : Jerry Goldsmith

Grammy Awards (1980)
Nominated :
“Best Album of Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Special” : Jerry Goldsmith

Hugo Award (1980)
Won “Hugo” Award :
“Best Dramatic Presentation” : Alien

National Film Preservation Board, USA (2002)
Inducted :
“National Film Registry” : Alien

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA (2004)
Nominated :
“Best DVD Collection” : “Alien Quadrilogy” DVD set. [Also with Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien Resurrection.]

DVD Exclusive Awards (2003)
Won ‘DVDX Award’ for :
“Best Audio Commentary (New for DVD)” : Ridley Scott, Ronald Shusett, Terry Rawlings, Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt.
“Best Overall DVD, Classic Movie (Including All Extra Features)” : “Alien Quadrilogy” DVD set. [Also with Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien Resurrection.] Charles de Lauzirika (Producer)
Nominated :
“Best Behind-the-Scenes Program (New for DVD)” : The Beast Within: The Making of ‘Alien’ (2003) (V) (Alien Quadrilogy DVD Set.) [Also with Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien Resurrection.] Charles de Lauzirika (Producer)
“Best Menu Design” : Alien Quadrilogy DVD Set. [Also with Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien Resurrection.] Matt Kennedy

Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards (2004)
Won “Sierra Award” :
“Best DVD” : “Alien Quadrilogy” DVD set. [Also with Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien Resurrection.]

Satellite Awards (2004)
Nominated :
“Best DVD Extras” : “Alien Quadrilogy” DVD set. [Also with Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien Resurrection.] “Best Overall DVD” : “Alien Quadrilogy” DVD set. [Also with Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien Resurrection.]


Directed by
Ridley Scott

Writing credits
Dan O’Bannon (story) and
Ronald Shusett (story)

Dan O’Bannon (screenplay)

Cast (in credits order)verified as complete
Tom Skerritt …. Dallas
Sigourney Weaver …. Ripley
Veronica Cartwright …. Lambert
Harry Dean Stanton …. Brett
John Hurt …. Kane
Ian Holm …. Ash
Yaphet Kotto …. Parker
Bolaji Badejo …. Alien
Helen Horton …. Mother (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Powell …. Alien (uncredited)

Produced by
Gordon Carroll …. producer
David Giler …. producer
Walter Hill …. producer
Ivor Powell …. associate producer
Ronald Shusett …. executive producer

Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith

Non-Original Music by
Howard Hanson (from “Symphony No.2”)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (from “Eine kleine Nachtmusik”)

Cinematography by
Derek Vanlint

Film Editing by
David Crowther (director’s cut)
Terry Rawlings
Peter Weatherley

Production Design by
Michael Seymour
Roger Christian (uncredited)

Art Direction by
Roger Christian
Leslie Dilley (as Les Dilley)

Set Decoration by
Ian Whittaker

Costume Design by
John Mollo

Makeup Department
Pat Hay …. makeup artist
Tommie Manderson …. makeup designer (as Tommy Manderson)
Sarah Monzani …. hair stylist

Production Management
Garth Thomas …. production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Raymond Becket …. assistant director
Steve Harding …. assistant director
Paul Ibbetson …. first assistant director
Bob Jordan …. trainee assistant director

Art Department
José María Alarcón …. assistant set decorator
Jonathan Amberston …. assistant art director
Ron Cobb …. concept artist
John Davey …. head painter
Benjamín Fernández …. assistant art director
Chris Foss …. concept artist
Jean Giraud …. concept artist (as Jean ‘Moebius’ Giraud)
George Gunning …. head carpenter
Dave Jordan …. property master
Dan O’Bannon …. visual design consultant
Jill Quertier …. production buyer
Bert Rodwell …. head plasterer
Bill Welch …. construction manager
John Chisholm …. prop man (uncredited)
Stuart Rose …. draughtsman (uncredited)
Keith Short …. sculptor (uncredited)

Sound Department
Max Bell …. stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Robert Hathaway …. music editor (as Bob Hathaway)
Andrew I. King …. sound re-recording mixer: director’s cut
Derrick Leather …. production sound mixer
Ray Merrin …. sound re-recording assistant
Bill Rowe …. sound re-recording mixer
Jim Shields …. sound editor
Bryan Tilling …. dialogue editor

Special Effects by
Nick Allder …. special effects supervisor
Alan Bryce …. floor effects supervisor (as Allan Bryce)
Clinton Cavers …. alien effects coordinator
Carlo De Marchis …. additional alien mechanics
Roger Dicken …. small alien forms co-designer and maker
H.R. Giger …. alien designer
Guy Hudson …. special effects technician
Brian Johnson …. special effects supervisor
Phil Knowles …. special effects technician
Dennis Lowe …. special effects technician
Roger Nichols …. special effects technician
Carlo Rambaldi …. alien head effects
Neil Swan …. special effects technician
David H. Watkins …. special effects technician (as David Watkins)
Dr. David Watling …. additional alien mechanics
Anton Furst …. special effects (uncredited)
Bob Keen …. modeller (uncredited)

Visual Effects by
Denys Ayling …. director of photography: miniature effects
Martin Bower …. supervising model maker: miniature effects
Eddie Butler …. modelmaker
Ray Caple …. matte artist
Shirley Denny …. modelmaker
David Litchfield …. operator: miniature effects
Bernard Lodge …. special graphic effects
Terry Pearce …. focus: miniature effects
Bill Pearson …. supervising model maker: miniature effects
Patti Rodgers …. modelmaker
Peter Voysey …. modelmaker supervisor
Peter Woods …. key grip: miniature effects
Rick Cortes …. Inferno artist (2003 director’s cut re-release) (uncredited)
Bob Keen …. model maker (uncredited)
Keith Short …. sculptor (uncredited)
Jon Sorensen …. visual effects miniatures (uncredited)

Eddie Powell …. stunts
Roy Scammell …. stunt coordinator
Monty Jordan …. assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)

Other crew
Peter Baldock …. assistant film editor
Adrian Biddle …. camera focus
Stanley Bielecki …. advertising and publicity consultant
Lori Covel …. assistant to producers
Valerie Craig …. production assistant
Peter Culverwell …. assistant film editor
Colin Davidson …. camera focus
Brian Doyle …. unit publicist
Ray Evans …. gaffer
Kay Fenton …. continuity
Bill Finch …. production accountant
Mary Goldberg …. casting: USA
Mark Haggard …. production executive
Alice Harmon …. assistant to producers
Les Healey …. first assistant editor
Dick Hewitt …. electronics and video coordinator
Charles Lippincott …. advertising and publicity consultant
Maureen Lyndon …. assistant film editor
Sandy Molloy …. assistant to director
Lionel Newman …. conductor
Tiny Nicholls …. wardrobe supervisor
Bob Penn …. still photographer
Bridget Reiss …. assistant film editor
Mary Selway …. casting: UK
Jimmy Walters …. key grip
Saul Bass …. title designer (uncredited)
Percy Edwards …. alien vocalizator (uncredited)
Wick Finch …. electrician (uncredited)
Robert H. Lemer …. associate to producer (uncredited)
Arthur Morton …. orchestrator (uncredited)
Jake Scott …. stand-in (uncredited)
Micky Wilson …. electrician (uncredited)