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Aliens Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

Big-budget special effects, swiftly paced action, and a distinct feminist subtext from writer/director [[Performer~P10397~James Cameron~jamescameron]] turned what should have been a by-the-numbers sci-fi sequel into both a blockbuster and a seven-time Oscar nominee. [[Performer~P75144~Sigourney Weaver~sigourneyweaver]] 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 ([[Performer~P31773~Carrie Henn~carriehenn]]). 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 [[Performer~P31804~Lance Henriksen~lancehenriksen]], Bill Paxton, and [[Performer~P59529~Reiser~paulreiser]]. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:September 26, 1986

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Horner Best Score 1986 Nominee
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Peter Lamont Best Production Design 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Peter Lamont Best Art Direction 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Roy Charman Best Sound 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Stan Winston Best Visual Effects 1986 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Sigourney Weaver Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Sigourney Weaver Best Actress 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ray Lovejoy Best Editing 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences John Richardson Best Visual Effects 1986 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Crispian Sallis Best Art Direction 1986 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Don Sharpe Best Sound Effects 1986 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Graham Hartstone Best Sound 1986 Nominee

Cast

Sigourney Weaver
as Ellen Ripley
Carrie Henn
as Newt
Michael Biehn
as Cpl. Dwayne Hicks
Lance Henriksen
as Bishop
Paul Reiser
as Carter Burke
Bill Paxton
as Pvt. Hudson
Jenette Goldstein
as Pvt. Vasquez
William Hope
as Lt. Gorman
Carl Toop
as Alien Warrior
Mark Rolston
as Pvt. Drake
Daniel Kash
as Pvt. Spunkmeyer
Louise Head
as Double for Newt
Alibe Parsons
as Med Tech
Barbara Coles
as Cocooned Woman
Paul Maxwell
as Van Leuwen
Blain Fairman
as Doctor
Kiran Shah
as Double for Newt
Tip Tipping
as Pvt. Crowe
Al Matthews
as Sgt. Apone
Trevor Steedman
as Pvt. Wierzbowski
Alan Polonsky
as Insurance Man
Ricco Ross
as Pvt. Frost
Valerie Colgan
as ECA Rep
Colette Hiller
as Cpl. Ferro

Crew

James Cameron
Director
Gale Anne Hurd
Producer
David Giler
Screen Story
James Cameron
Screen Story
Walter Hill
Screen Story
James Cameron
Screenwriter
Adrian Biddle
Cinematographer
James Horner
Composer (Music Score)
Ray Lovejoy
Editor
Terry Ackland-Snow
Production Designer
Peter Lamont
Production Designer
Michael Lamont
Art Director
Ken Court
Art Director
Bert Davey
Art Director
Fred Hole
Art Director
David Giler
Executive Producer
Gordon Carroll
Executive Producer
Walter Hill
Executive Producer
Crispian Sallis
Set Designer
Emma Porteous
Costume Designer
Roy Charman
Sound/Sound Designer
Graham Hartstone
Sound/Sound Designer
Norman Baillie
Special Effects
John Richardson
Special Effects
Stan Winston
Special Effects
David Worley
Camera Operator
Eddie Powell
Stunts
Jazzer Jeyes
Stunts
Paul Weston
Stunts
Simon Crane
Stunts
Malcolm Weaver
Stunts
Stuart St. Paul
Stunts
Mary Selway
Casting
Mike Fenton
Casting
Judy Taylor
Casting
Jane Feinberg
Casting
Don Sharpe
Special Effects Editor
Dennis Skotak
Visual Effects Supervisor
Stan Winston
Creature Effects
Syd Mead
Visual Consultant
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