Aliens

Aliens

4.8 35
Director: James Cameron

Cast: James Cameron, Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn

     
 

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Big-budget special effects, swiftly paced action, and a distinct feminist subtext from writer/director James Cameron turned what should have been a by-the-numbers sci-fi sequel into both a blockbuster and a seven-time Oscar nominee. Sigourney Weaver returns as Ellen Ripley, the last surviving crew member of a corporate spaceship destroyed after an attack by a vicious,… See more details below

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Big-budget special effects, swiftly paced action, and a distinct feminist subtext from writer/director James Cameron turned what should have been a by-the-numbers sci-fi sequel into both a blockbuster and a seven-time Oscar nominee. Sigourney Weaver returns as Ellen Ripley, the last surviving crew member of a corporate spaceship destroyed after an attack by a vicious, virtually unbeatable alien life form. Adrift in space for half a century, Ripley grapples with depression until she's informed by her company's representative, Carter Burke (Paul Reiser) that the planet where her crew discovered the alien has since been settled by colonists. Contact with the colony has suddenly been lost, and a detachment of colonial marines is being sent to investigate. Invited along as an advisor, Ripley predicts disaster, and sure enough, the aliens have infested the colony, leaving a sole survivor, the young girl Newt (Carrie Henn). With the soldiers picked off one by one, a final all-female showdown brews between the alien queen and Ripley, who's become a surrogate mother to Newt. Several future stars made early career appearances in Aliens (1986), including Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, and Reiser.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Amy Robinson
Running the gamut from self-pitying victim to battle-ready soldier, Sigourney Weaver's Ripley ranks among the most compelling heroines in American cinema. Aliens, the second entry in the hugely successful series, features this haunted survivor in top form, and takes off in a much more action-oriented direction than the Ridley Scott original. On a mission to rescue the colonists of a planet infested with predatory alien intruders, Ripley develops maternal feelings for the lone survivor, a little girl whom she must protect from a hideous alien queen. Weaver's performance nabbed her an Academy Award nomination, a most uncommon occurrence for a sci-fi/action role. The entire supporting cast -- which includes genre stalwarts Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen as Ripley's comrades in arms -- offers such detailed characterizations that the impeccable effects and stunning action sequences never overwhelm the human element. This director's cut provides crucial background information on Ripley's character and clarifies a couple of minor plot points, giving it a distinct advantage over the original studio-cut release. Director James Cameron, fresh from his breakthrough 1984 hit The Terminator (also featuring Biehn), proved himself a formidable director with this film, again showing an uncanny knack for balancing intelligent storytelling with visceral thrills.
All Movie Guide
For big-budget, high-octane showmanship, Aliens (the sequel to Alien, directed by Ridley Scott) is hard to beat. While not as deliberate or interesting as the first in the series, Aliens is a wide-open visual-effects bonanza, with enough intensity and thrill for three standard action movies. Director James Cameron again proves himself more than capable when it comes to making the genre pay off. Sigourney Weaver reprises her role as Ripley, but this time she's no mere survivor, she's ready to lay waste to those ultra-nasty creatures from the first movie. She's like Wonder Woman without the skimpy clothes. The female heroine in this series has always been fascinating because of her complete ignorance of her sexuality. This is given an interesting spin at the end of this film when Ripley's goal becomes to destroy the alien eggs in their nest. A slap in the face to traditional motherhood? Anyway, too much shouldn't be read into the proceedings here. The dialogue is often horrendous, and the characters other than Ripley are little more than fodder for some impressive scenes of carnage, but this remains one of the most enjoyable action movies of the mid-'80s.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/05/2006
UPC:
0086162162725
Original Release:
1986
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:57:00
Sales rank:
56,735

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sigourney Weaver Ellen Ripley
Carrie Henn Newt
Michael Biehn Cpl. Dwayne Hicks
Lance Henriksen Bishop
Paul Reiser Carter Burke
Jenette Goldstein Pvt. Vasquez
Bill Paxton Pvt. Hudson
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 Scott Cpl. Dietrich
Tip Tipping Pvt. Crowe
Trevor Steedman Pvt. Wierzbowski
Paul Maxwell Van Leuwen
Valerie Colgan ECA Rep
Alan Polonsky Insurance Man
Alibe Parsons Med Tech
Blain Fairman Doctor
Barbara Coles Cocooned Woman
Carl Toop Alien Warrior
John Lees Power Loader Operator
Louise Head Double for Newt
Kiran Shah Double for Newt

Technical Credits
James Cameron Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Terry Ackland-Snow Production Designer
Norman Baillie Special Effects
Adrian Biddle Cinematographer
Gordon Carroll Executive Producer
Michael Carter Sound/Sound Designer
Roy Charman Sound/Sound Designer
Ken Court Art Director
Simon Crane Stunts
Bert Davey Art Director
Jane Feinberg Casting
Mike Fenton Casting
David Giler Executive Producer,Original Story
Graham Hartstone Sound/Sound Designer
Walter Hill Executive Producer,Original Story
Fred Hole Art Director
James Horner Score Composer
Gale Anne Hurd Producer
Jazzer Jeyes Stunts
L.A. Effects Group Special Effects
Michael Lamont Art Director
Peter Lamont Production Designer
Ray Lovejoy Editor
Nicolas Le Messurier Sound/Sound Designer
Emma Porteous Costumes/Costume Designer
Eddie Powell Stunts
John Richardson Special Effects
Peter Robb-King Makeup
Crispian Sallis Set Decoration/Design
Mary Selway Casting
Stuart St. Paul Stunts
Judy Taylor Casting
Malcolm Weaver Stunts
Chris Webb Stunts
Paul Weston & His Orchestra Stunts
Jason White Stunts
Stan Winston Special Effects
David Worley Camera Operator

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Aliens [2:43]
2. The Park [5:48]
3. Inquest [1:00]
4. LV-426 [1:17]
5. Home Alone [4:21]
6. Ripley's Decision [5:40]
7. Sulaco [1:21]
8. Briefing [2:46]
9. Express Elevator to Hell [:55]
10. Arrival [3:09]
11. Memories [3:46]
12. Lab Specimens [3:02]
13. Movement [2:06]
14. Rescue Mission [4:49]
15. The Battle [2:47]
16. Altercation [4:24]
17. Stranded [2:23]
18. Barricade [2:19]
19. A Mother's Love [1:21]
20. Speculation [2:42]
21. The Tunnel [5:24]
22. Bad News [:31]
23. The Corridor [6:27]
24. Dreamland [1:36]
25. Not a Dream [5:27]
26. "Game Time" [3:02]
27. Little Girl Lost [1:54]
28. Ripley's Promise [:58]
29. Reluctant Soldier [2:05]
30. The Nest [4:41]
31. It's Over [:19]
32. Final Confrontation [3:15]
33. Dreams [2:47]
34. End Titles [:38]

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