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Thumbnail for Aliens (1986) Aliens (1986)

Basic Info Rusty's rating: 78
Notable as: Horror, Award-Winning WorkGenre: action film, science fiction film, adventure film, horror film, thriller film, military science fictionMain subject: extraterrestrial lifeRuntime: 137 - 154 minutesColor: colorLanguage: EnglishCountry: United States, United KingdomDirector: James CameronScreenwriter: James Cameron, David Giler, Walter Hill, Ronald Shusett, Dan O'BannonMusic: James HornerCinematography: Adrian BiddleStars: Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Jenette Goldstein, William Hope, Al Matthews, Mark Rolston Producer: Gale Anne Hurd, David Giler, Walter HillStudio: Brandywine Productions, 20th Century FoxAwards won: Academy Award for Best Sound Editing
Academy Award for Best Visual Effects
BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects
Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation (David Giler)
Saturn Award for Best Director (James Cameron)
Award nominations: Academy Award for Best Actress (Sigourney Weaver)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Ray Lovejoy)
Academy Award for Best Original Score (James Horner)
Academy Award for Best Production Design
Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
BAFTA Award for Best Makeup and Hair
BAFTA Award for Best Sound
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
Japan Academy Prize for Outstanding Foreign Language Film
Award details: (details at IMDb)
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Aliens is a 1986 American science-fiction action horror film written and directed by James Cameron, produced by his then-wife Gale Anne Hurd, and starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, William Hope, and Bill Paxton. It is the sequel to the 1979 film Alien and the second installment of the Alien franchise. The film follows Weaver's character Ellen Ripley as she returns to the planet where her crew encountered the hostile Alien creature, this time accompanied by a unit of space marines. Brandywine Productions was interested in a follow-up to Alien as soon as its 1979 release, but the new management at 20th Century Fox postponed those plans until 1983. That year Brandywine picked Cameron to write after reading his script for The Terminator, and once that film became a hit in 1984, Fox greenlit Aliens, that would also be directed by Cameron, with a budget of approximately $18 million. The script was written with a war film tone influenced by the Vietnam War to contrast the horror motifs of the original Alien. It was filmed in England at Pinewood Studios and at a decommissioned power plant in Acton, London.


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