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Screenplay, Directed by James Cameron
Produced by Gale Anne Hurd,
Gordon Carroll, David Giler, Walter Hill

Story by James Cameron,
David Giler, Walter Hill
Music by James Horner
Cinematography Adrian Biddle
Editing by Ray Lovejoy

Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) July 18, 1986
Running time 137 minutes

Budget $18,500,000
Widest Release: 1,454 theaters
Gross revenue
Domestic: $85,160,248 / 65.0%
+ Foreign: $45,900,000 / 35.0%
= Worldwide: $131,060,248

Cast / Characters

Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley
Paul Reiser as Carter J. Burke
Michael Biehn as Corporal Dwayne Hicks
Lance Henriksen as Bishop
Carrie Henn as Newt
William Hope as
Lieutenant William Gorman
Al Matthews as Sergeant Al Apone
Cynthia Dale Scott as
Corporal Cynthia Dietrich
Bill Paxton as Private William Hudson
Jenette Goldstein as
Private Jenette Vasquez
Mark Rolston as Private Mark Drake
Ricco Ross as Private Ricco Frost
Colette Hiller as Corporal Collette Ferro
Daniel Kash as Private Daniel Spunkmeyer
Tip Tipping as Private Tim Crowe
Trevor Steedman as
Private Trevor Wierzbowski

Awards and Accolades

Aliens was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Music, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, and Best Art Direction/Set Decoration.

Time Magazine named Aliens in their Best of '86 list. In 2007, Entertainment Weekly named Aliens as the second-best action movie of all time.

In a Rotten Tomatoes analysis of the top 100 science fiction films, Aliens ranks tenth among the best-reviewed films of the genre.

In 2004, Aliens was ranked thirty-fifth on Bravo's "100 Scariest Movie Moments" for the scene in which Ripley and Newt are attacked by facehuggers.

IGN ranked it third in its "Top 25 Action Films of All-Time", stating that "there won't be an Alien movie as scary or exciting as this one made ever again."

ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards

1987 Won ASCAP Award Top
Box Office Films: James Horner

Academy Awards, USA

1987 Won Oscar Best Effects, Sound
Effects Editing: Don Sharpe

Best Effects, Visual Effects:
Robert Skotak, Stan Winston,
John Richardson, Suzanne M. Benson

Academy of Science Fiction,
Fantasy & Horror Films, USA

1987 Won Saturn Award Best Actress:
Sigourney Weaver

Best Director: James Cameron

Best Performance by a Younger Actor:
Carrie Henn

Best Science Fiction Film

Best Special Effects: Stan Winston,
Robert Skotak, Dennis Skotak

Best Supporting Actor: Bill Paxton

Best Supporting Actress: Jenette Goldstein

Best Writing: James Cameron

BAFTA Awards

1987 Won BAFTA Film Award Best
Special Visual Effects: Robert Skotak,
Brian Johnson, John Richardson,
Stan Winston

Hugo Awards

1987 Won Hugo Best
Dramatic Presentation

Kinema Junpo Awards

1987 Won Readers' Choice Award Best
Foreign Language Film: James Cameron

Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA

1987 Won Golden Reel Award Best
Sound Editing - Foreign Feature

Critics Praise

"...A flaming, flashing, crashing, crackling blow-em-up show that keeps you popping from your seat.... Weaver is a one-woman army..."
New York Times

"...Technically, the film is superior in all respects. Special effects are varied and always convincing..."

"...Canny, ironically funny and certainly successful when Weaver's around....Aliens is a perfectly honorable sequel, taut, inexorably paced..."
Los Angeles Times

"...The way the film manages to sustain its high-octane power, while never compromising on its quiet, personal moments, is just incredible...."
Beyond Hollywood

"...With intensity that builds to a fever pitch, Aliens is a true rollercoaster ride that only accelerates to white knuckle proportions right up until the cataclysmic ending....."

Aliens Visuals

The two images below are from scenes where the camera pans up or down, but you never see that visual as a whole. I imported multiple frames of those scenes and using layers/merging in Photoshop, you can now see that visual as a whole.

Aliens Soundtrack

Song Listing

01. Main Title
02. Bad Dreams
03. Dark Discovery
04. LV-426
05. Combat Drop
06. Complex, The
07. Atmosphere Station
08. Med. Lab
09. Newt
10. Sub-Level 3
11. Ripley's Rescue
12. FaceHuggers

13. Futile Escape
14. Newt Is Taken
15. Going After Newt
16. Queen, The
17. Bishop's Countdown
18. Queen To Bishop
19. Resolution And Hyperspace
20. Bad Dreams
21. Ripley's Rescue
22. LV-426 (Film Version)
23. Combat Drop
24. Hyperspace

Composed, Conducted, and Produced by:
James Horner

Orchestrated by:
Greig McRitchie

Performed by:
The London Symphony Orchestra

Nominated for an Academy Award.

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