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Director: James Cameron

Cast: 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,


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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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.
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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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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

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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Aliens 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
gravity More than 1 year ago
Every once in a while a sequel is made that tops the original. That film is Aliens. After expelling the troublesome alien in the first movie, Lt. Ellen Ripley returns to the planet that she and her cronies first encountered those hideous creatures. However, the second time around she arrives with marines ready to battle the third kind. The climax encounter between the queen alien and Ripley clearly makes this particular sequel the very best of the franchise. This powerful movie should be a lesson to all filmmakers in the industry. Aliens builds a story within the first hour and then once they reach the actual planet, the real action begins. Director and screenwriter James Cameron, perfected the art of storytelling in addition to the visual masterpiece he put together in this '80 classic. An absolute must see!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not only is it the best sequel ever made; seriously, but it too scared me speechless. I honestly believe that one cannot have Alien without Aliens. I have seen all the Alien series, but none of them measure up to their predacessers.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Probably one of my favorites, if not new favorite movies right now. Weaver did a really good job in this. While I like the first one, I think I like this one a bit better.
RobbieBobby44 More than 1 year ago
This is not just an icon in the history of sci-fi moviemaking, it's also a legendary piece of work in terms of its action content. Complete with a terrific script, top-notch acting, editing, costume design, scenery and music, it is a thrill ride I have enjoyed from start to finish ever since I was a kid (I'm 36 now). Even my sister, who had no interests in action or sci-fi films until this time, was hooked from the first viewing. The tension shown by the previously fearless Marines bumps up bit by bit throughout the story, with a wild first fight and a mind-blowing final battle. Then comes the climax: Ripley versus the Queen - a phenomenal accomplishment before the days of CGI and a brilliantly-conceived showdown. Easily the best James Cameron film I know of.
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benskywalkerknight34 More than 1 year ago
i would love 2 pick a copy of ALIENS blu-ray again even though i have the Anthology, but, it wouldn't hurt 2 get it again. someday. but who would ever hear anyone scream louder?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It had been awhile since I had seen this, several years. It's still as good as I remember. I must say though that i prefer the original release. Somehow the extra scenes slow this one down. But overall still a great movie, the best in the series IMHO and destined to be a classic sci-fi movie, if it isn't considered one already.
Guest More than 1 year ago
James Cameron directed one of the most exciting and fascinating SF action adventure films ever made in Aliens. Not only does the story flow seamlessly from the first film of the series, Alien, but the characters, special effects and directorial pacing cause the film to pound like a sledge hammer from start to finish. The action is nearly non-stop once it begins and the character of Ripley, as all good characters should be, is driven further and further up that tree of absolute peril until you are just sure she’ll be torn limb from limb. The grisly antagonists drive the action with such relentless power that the screen seems to come alive with their swarming malice. No surprise there though, since these monsters were dreamt up by Dan O’Bannon and Ron Shusett and brought to organic, ghastly life by the artist and sculptor H.R. Giger. If you haven’t seen it, see it. If you’ve seen it already, see it again and tune into the finer cinematic touches that make the danger so palpable, especially the sound.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Aliens is easily the most well done sci-fi ever, especially if you're an action suspense fan. The realism, detail and resolution of the story is what we expect from a director like James Cameron who set the bar high. He had the good sense not to be involved in the two sequels to this masterpiece. Watch this with the added footage as it enhances the film and watch Alien(Director Ridley Scott) without it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I write reviews for the best horror films...Truth be told, this is the most powerful Alien film of all. The latest one wasjust too gory; this delivers a sensational pack of wonderful mystery, action, suspense, great acting, and cheer-for-the-heroine-enthusiasm. Sigourney Weaver won an Academy Award for her work in Aliens, and should be seen by all sci-fi horror buffs. ---Joe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first saw the film alien in 96 I knew that they had to have made a sequel to the film, though only six at the time I had reviewed the plot lines of many strategic and logical horror films. The film was above what you would call bleak but didn't give enough action for me. Then the ending left us blank and we never knew what happen to Ripley or the cat! Then aliens came along filling in from practically where we left off in the first film. Then Ripley begins to go psychotic and having dreams of a chestbuster ripping her apart. Then we find out about the colony. From here on out the film was almost perfect in my opinion, I especially enjoyed the fight at the end of the film between the queen and Ripley. So I gave the film a 4 star rating.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is awesome. I don't know where to begin. The marines are awesome. They should of had more of these dudes in the sequel. This movie is definatly worth a rent
Guest More than 1 year ago
Aliens is way better then the first one. Alien just had one alien, but this one had hundreds of aliens running around, plus a queen alien! The best movie ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 1st movie had 1 Alien..forget that!! How often does a sequel outdo the original? Well here is one time for sure!! This movie totally knocked my socks off. Sure, it takes a long time before you finally see an Alien but once discovered, they never stopped. The directors cut was awesome, seeing scenes that I had never seen before was a shock considering I know the movie by heart. (or did till then!!) Ripley totally kicks butt in this movie, and you cant help but feeling sorry for the rest of the characters. Non stop and breath taking movie...I loved it. Forget Aliens 3-it bites. THIS is the best one!!!
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