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Basics Critics:86Viewers:81Rusty:81
Category: Action/Adventure, Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi/FantasyNotable as: HorrorSub-Category: horror film, science fiction film, adventure filmMain subject: extraterrestrial lifeRuntime: 116 - 117 minutesColor: colorLanguage: English, SpanishCountry: United States, United KingdomFilming location: LondonDirector: Ridley ScottScreenwriter: Dan O'Bannon, Ronald ShusettMusic: Jerry GoldsmithCinematography: Derek VanlintStars: Yaphet Kotto, Veronica Cartwright, Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Helen Horton, Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm, Eddie Powell, Bolaji BadejoProducer: David Giler, Walter Hill, Gordon CarrollStudio: 20th Century Fox, Brandywine ProductionsAwards won: Academy Award for Best Visual Effects
BAFTA Award for Best Sound
Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation (Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett, Ridley Scott)
National Film Registry
Saturn Award for Best Director (Ridley Scott)
Saturn Award for Best Science Fiction Film
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress (Veronica Cartwright)
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Production Design
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
BAFTA Award for Best Editing
BAFTA Award for Best Film Music
BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score
Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Award details: (details at IMDb)

Alien is a 1979 science-fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott, and starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto. The film's title refers to a highly aggressive extraterrestrial creature that stalks and kills the crew of a spaceship. Dan O'Bannon wrote the screenplay from a story he wrote with Ronald Shusett, drawing influence from previous works of science fiction and horror. The film was produced by Gordon Carroll, David Giler and Walter Hill through their Brandywine Productions and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Giler and Hill made revisions and additions to the script. Shusett was executive producer. The eponymous Alien and its accompanying elements were designed by Swiss surrealist artist H. R. Giger, while concept artists Ron Cobb and Chris Foss designed the human aspects of the film.

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