2019: The (40th) Year of the Big Chap

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Yes, that’s right: 2019 is the 40th anniversary of the debut of ALIEN (1979)!

 

 

Of course, it is common knowledge that the Company-minded folks at Fox have conditioned us to observe April 26 as “ALIEN Day”, having transformed the Aliens-designation of “LV-426”  (the name for that desolate planetoid on which all the nightmares began) into a retail orgy.

But there is another date that might be more specific to your part of the world…

 

According to information at  imdB.com and Box Office Mojo, ALIEN had a very interesting release pattern, very different from the way things work today. Here are the dates and locations:

ALIEN (1979) Release Dates

USA..............Friday, May 25, 1979 (limited)
Soviet Union.....Monday, May 28, 1979	
USA..............Friday, June 22, 1979	
Japan............Saturday, July 21, 1979	
Brazil...........Monday, August 20, 1979	
Puerto Rico......Thursday, August 30, 1979	
UK...............Saturday, September 1, 1979 (Edinburgh International Film Festival)
UK...............Thursday, September 6, 1979	
France...........Wednesday, September 12, 1979	
Belgium..........Thursday, September 13, 1979	
Colombia.........Thursday, September 13, 1979	
Ireland..........Friday, September 14, 1979	
Spain............Tuesday, September 25, 1979	
South Africa.....Wednesday, October 3, 1979	
Denmark..........Friday, October 12, 1979	
Portugal.........Sunday, October 21, 1979	
Italy............Thursday, October 25, 1979	
Netherlands......Thursday, October 25, 1979	
West Germany.....Thursday, October 25, 1979	
Austria..........Friday, October 26, 1979	
Finland..........Friday, October 26, 1979	
Philippines......Wednesday, October 31, 1979 (Davao)
Singapore........Wednesday, October 31, 1979	
Israel...........Friday, November 2, 1979	
Sweden...........Friday, November 2, 1979	
Cyprus...........Monday, November 5, 1979	
Greece...........Monday, November 5, 1979	
Norway...........Tuesday, November 13, 1979	
Hong Kong........Wednesday, November 14, 1979	
Malaysia.........Thursday, November 15, 1979	
Mexico...........Wednesday, November 21, 1979	
Australia........Thursday, December 6, 1979	
India............Thursday, December 6, 1979	
Argentina........Tuesday, December 25, 1979	
Chile............Tuesday, December 25, 1979	
Poland...........1980	
Bolivia..........Tuesday, January 1, 1980	
New Zealand......Thursday, January 24, 1980	
Peru.............Thursday, January 24, 1980	
Jamaica..........Wednesday, February 6, 1980	
Taiwan...........Saturday, February 16, 1980	
Egypt............Monday, March 10, 1980	
South Africa.....Monday, March 10, 1980	
Uruguay..........Friday, March 28, 1980	
Venezuela........Friday, March 28, 1980	
Iceland..........Thursday, December 18, 1980	
Hungary..........Thursday, January 15, 1981	
India............Friday, January 30, 1981	
Turkey...........November 1981	
Czechoslovakia...Thursday, July 1, 1982	
Thailand.........Saturday, August 28, 1982	
South Korea......Thursday, October 1, 1987

 

 

So whether you choose to celebrate the anniversary of ALIEN on April 26, or on the date it premiered in your country, or on the date you first saw the film, be sure to do it a little bigger next year for the Big Chap’s40th birthday party!

 

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