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Alien 1978 Final Version Script - By Walter Hill and David Giler
Based on Screenplay by Dan O'Bannon; Story by Dan O'Bannon and Ron Shusett

This presentation of the Alien script offers highlighted dialog and screenshots in sync with the film's story line. This enhanced version has adjusted the script to fit more accurately to the film's presentation.


"Science fiction plucks from within us our deepest fears and hopes then shows them
to us in rough disguise: the monster and the rocket.
" . . . . . W.H. Auden


"We live, as we dream - - alone." . . . . . Joseph Conrad


FADE IN . . . . . SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE:


INT. OILY CORRIDOR: Long, dark. Empty. Turbos throbbing. No other movement.


INT. INFIRMARY - "A" LEVEL: Distressed ivory walls. All instrumentation at rest.


INT. CORRIDOR TO BRIDGE - "A" LEVEL: Empty.


INT. BRIDGE: Vacant.


Two space helmets resting on chairs.


The computer comes to life. Electronic hum and pulsing sounds.


Lights on the helmets begin to signal one another. A yellow light goes on. Data mind bank in b.g. A green light goes on in front of one helmet. A red light goes on in front of other helmet.


An electronic conversation ensues. Reaches a crescendo. Then silence. The lights go off, save the yellow.


INT. CORRIDOR TO HYPERSLEEP VAULT: Lights come on.


Seven gowns hang from the curved wall. Vault door opens.


INT. HYPERSLEEP VAULT: Explosion of escaping gas. The lid on a freezer pops open. Slowly, groggily, Kane sits up. Pale. Kane rubs the sleep from his eyes. Stands. Looks around. Stretches. Looks at the other freezer compartments. Scratches. A young woman stirs as Kane moves off.

INT. MESS: The crew of the United States commercial starship Nostromo seated around a table:



Dallas:
Captain

Kane:
Executive Officer

Ripley:
Warrant Officer

Ash:
Science Officer

Lambert:
Navigator

Parker:
Engineer

Brett:
Engineering
Technician

And the ship's pet: Jones the Cat.


LAMBERT: I'm cold.


PARKER: Still with us, Brett.

BRETT: Right.

RIPLEY: Lucky us.


KANE: I feel dead.

PARKER: Did anybody ever tell you, you look dead?


Everyone laughs. Brett mouth's "Bonus" to Parker.

PARKER: Oh yea, right. I just forgot something man. Before we dock, I think we ought to discuss the bonus situation.

BRETT: Right.

PARKER: Brett and I think we deserve a full share.


BRETT: Right. You see, Mr. Parker and I feel that the bonus situation has never been on an equitable level.

DALLAS: Well, you get what you contracted for, like everybody else.

BRETT: Yes, but everybody else gets more than us.


An overhead signal lamp flashes and beeps.

ASH: Mother wants to talk to you.

DALLAS: Yea, I saw it. Yellow light, for my eyes only. Kane, you get dressed . . . . . Parker?






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