ALIEN: A SUMMARY

“In space, no one can hear you scream.”

In deep outer space the crew of a commercial spaceship make an unscheduled landing on a barren and desolate planet for engine repairs.  They encounter a pulsating organism which attached itself to one of the crew members and reproduces within his body to become the deadly ALIEN.  As each of the crew members is slain by the creature — one by one — the final confrontation between the last surviving crew member and the Alien culminates in an explosive conclusion.

—from the CBS/FOX Video videocassette teaser ©1984

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(original lobby poster, from the Internet Movie Database)


INTRODUCTION

What is Alien about?

At its simplest, Alien is a story of man’s inhumanity to man.

Of course, there is much, much more to it than that. Enough to keep fans coming back repeatedly.

For a taste of 1979 and that first glimpse of a new movie wrapped in mystery, watch the official trailer:

 

 


SUMMARY

The movie opens with ominous tones and a mysterious ringed planet filling the screen, transitioning to the commercial space vessel Nostromo plying the deep-space lanes to Earth.

The course of its journey is interrupted by a peculiar transmission.  Rules dictate that the crew detour and investigate.

During a harrowing landing, the ship is damaged.  While the repairs are underway, a trio of explorers investigate the source of the transmission. They discover a derelict spacecraft and one of them is attacked by a small creature within.  They return to the now-repaired Nostromo and blast off for home.

The stricken crewman awakens, but soon dies as an unexpected creature bursts from his chest and flees into the depths of the ship.  While searching for it, the crew discover the creature has grown and its lethal nature is revealed.

The remaining crew struggle against the creature, themselves, and the very company responsible for their doom.

In the movie’s final moments, the creature is confronted by a lone crew member armed with little more than raw determination.

Safe at last, the last survivor settles into cryosleep, at peace.


LEGACY

What began as a “B-movie” idea that grew beyond that, Alien has spawned three sequels, numerous books and comics, video games, and prequel films.

There is even an “Alien Day” recognized annually on April 26 with special marketing treats and releases.   (The date is inspired by the retconned name for the planetoid, LV-426.)

 


CAST & CREW

Visit the Internet Movie Database for an extensive list of the cast & crew.

 

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Reference:

The official Alien movie website.

The Internet Movie Database (iMdB)

+ Last update:  June 17, 2017 +