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Aliens (1986)
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Aliens (1986) 57 years after her ordeal with an extraterrestrial creature, Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team during her hypersleep. When she discovers that transmissions from a colony that has since settled on the alien planet suddenly stop, Ripley is offered a chance to team up with a group of marines to descend on the planet and investigate the alien presence. Determined to end the memories of the alien creature, Ripley agrees to the offer and is once again thrown back into her living nightmare.

Movie Tagline:
This time there's more.

Also Known As:
Alien 2
Alien II

Title: Aliens
Release Date: July 18, 1986
Runtime: 137 mins
Genre: Action
All Genres: Action, Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi
Languages: English
Country: USA, UK
Colors: Color
Sound: 70 mm 6-Track, Dolby
IMDB Rating: 8.5
Brimstone Pit Rating: 9.5 - (Rate This Horror Movie)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With A

MPAA Rating: R

MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for monster violence, and for language. (1992 special edition)

James Cameron

Sigourney Weaver ...Ellen Ripley
Carrie Henn ...Rebecca 'Newt' Jorden
Michael Biehn ...Cpl. Dwayne Hicks
Lance Henriksen ...Bishop
Paul Reiser ...Carter Burke
Bill Paxton ...Pvt. Hudson
William Hope ...Lt. Gorman
Jenette Goldstein ...Pvt. Vasquez
Al Matthews ...Sgt. Apone
Mark Rolston ...Pvt. Drake
Ricco Ross ...Pvt. Frost
Colette Hiller ...Cpl. Ferro
Daniel Kash ...Pvt. Spunkmeyer
Cynthia Dale Scott ...Cpl. Dietrich (as Cynthia Scott)
Tip Tipping ...Pvt. Crowe
Trevor Steedman ...Pvt. Wierzbowski
Paul Maxwell ...Van Leuwen
Valerie Colgan ...ECA Representative
Alan Polonsky ...Insurance Man
Alibe Parsons ...Med Tech
Blain Fairman ...Doctor
Barbara Coles ...Cocooned Woman
Carl Toop ...Alien Warrior
John Lees ...Power Loader Operator
William Armstrong ...Lydecker (scenes deleted) (as Bill Armstrong)

Gordon Carroll
David Giler
Walter Hill
Gale Anne Hurd

James Cameron
David Giler
Walter Hill
Dan O'Bannon
Ronald Shusett
James Cameron

James Horner

Aliens Horror Film Trailer 1

More Movie Taglines:
  • This time there's more.
  • This time it's war
Movie Quote(s):
  • Newt: We'd better get back, 'cause it'll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night... mostly.
  • [pulling out his pump-action shotgun] Hicks: I like to keep this handy... for close encounters. Frost: I heard *that.*
  • Hudson: They're coming outta the walls. They're coming outta the goddamn walls. Let's book!
  • [after making a plan to weld the doors shut and put the sentry units] Hicks: Outstanding. Now all we need is a deck of cards.
  • Gorman: Hicks, meet me at the south lock. We're coming in. Hicks: Roger. Hudson: [to Vasquez] He's comin' in. I feel safer already.
Movie Trivia:
  • Hicks was originally played by James Remar, but Michael Biehn replaced him a few days after principal photography began, due to "artistic differences" between Remar and director James Cameron. However, Remar still appears in the finished film - but wearing the same armor, and shot from behind, it's impossible to tell the difference between the two actors.
  • All of the cast who were to play the Marines (with the exception of Michael Biehn, who replaced James Remar one week into filming) were trained by the S.A.S. (Special Air Service, Britain's elite special operations unit) for two weeks before filming. Sigourney Weaver, Paul Reiser, and William Hope didn't participate/attend the training because director James Cameron felt it would help the actors create a sense of detachment between the three and the Marines - the characters these three actors played were all outsiders to the squad; Ripley being an advisor to the Marines while on the trip to LV-426, Burke being there just for financial reasons and Gorman being a newly-promoted Lieutenant with less experience than most of the Marines.
  • Armorer Terry English made three sets of Armour for each member of the cast who needed to wear Armour. He was only given two weeks to complete the job and upon arriving back at his workshop a few hours drive away from the film set, he realized he had forgotten the scrap of cloth James Cameron had given him so that the camouflage on the Armour could be matched correctly to the uniforms the marines would be wearing. Instead of going all the way back, Terry painted the completed sets of Armour from memory. The result was a pattern and color combination not too dissimilar to the British Army DPM pattern. Fortunately, Cameron liked the contrast between the Armour and the BDUs (Battle Dress Uniforms) the marines wore beneath it, saying it make the Armour more obvious to the eye. The graffiti you see on some of the Armour was done by the actors themselves, with a little help from English for a few details like Hicks' clasp and padlock on his chest Armour. The Armour was had made from Aluminum and all in one size, with on set adjustments made by English to make them fit each actor.
  • According to the 1991 Special Widescreen Collector's Edition Laserdisc release of the movie (presented on the Bonus Disc of the 2003 Alien Quadrilogy DVD Box Set), James Cameron turned in the first treatment for the film, called Alien II at the time, on September 21, 1983. Some of the differences between this initial treatment and the final film included the following: - The character of Carter Burke was absent, instead, his dialogue was given to someone named Dr. O'Niel, who did not join Ripley and the marines on their voyage to the colony planet. - Instead of being taken to the Gateway Station, Ripley was taken to Earth Station Beta. - The name of the colony planet was Acheron, taken from the script of Alien (1979), instead of LV-426. - Ripley's daughter was alive, and Ripley had a disheartening videophone conversation with her, where she blamed Ripley for abandoning her by going to space. - There were multiple atmospheric processors on the planet. - The initial discovery of the aliens on the colony planet is much longer, where it is shown how Newt's father gets to the site of the eggs and is jumped by a facehugger. - An additional scene involves a rescue team going to the site of the alien eggs and being jumped by tens of facehuggers. - The aliens sting people to paralyze them before either killing or cocooning them. - At one point Ripley, Newt and Hicks get cocooned. - The aliens cocooning people are a different breed. They look like smaller, albino versions of the warrior aliens. - Bishop refuses to land on the planet and pick up Ripley, Hicks and Newt, indicating "the risk of contaminating other inhabited worlds is too great." - Ripley ends up using the colonists' shuttle to get back to the Sulaco. - Bishop tells her: "You were right about me all along." The first draft script was turned in by Cameron on May 30, 1985. This draft was quite different from the treatment, but very close to the final film.
  • The title of Alien (1979) in Hungarian was "The 8th passenger: Death". Consequently, the title of Aliens (1986) was: "The name of the planet: Death".
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