"We'd better get back, 'cause it'll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night... mostly."
Title: Aliens
Directed by: James Cameron
Written by: James Cameron; Walter Hill; David Giler
Produced by: Gordon Carroll; David Giler; Walter Hill; Gale Anne Hurd
Music by: James Horner
Cinematography: Adrian Biddle
Edited by: Ray Lovejoy
Distributed by: Twentieth Century-Fox Productions
Brandywine Productions
Released: July 18th, 1986
Rating: R
Running time: 137 min. (Theatrical)
154 min. (SE)
Country: USA
Language: English
Budget: $18,500,000 [1]
Gross: $131,060,248 [1]
Previous: Alien (1979)
Next: Alien³ (1992)

Aliens is a 1986 sci-fi/horror film directed by James Cameron and is the first sequel to the 1979 Ridley Scott film Alien. A Special Edition of Aliens was released in 1992 on laserdisc and VHS that restored seventeen minutes of deleted footage. Along with the other sequels, Aliens was packaged as part of the nine-disc Aliens Quadrilogy DVD collection. The plot of Aliens continues the saga of Ellen Ripley, sole survivor of the previous film who has now been thrust fifty-seven years into the future and must return to the planet where she first encountered the dangerous alien species. Accompanying her on this journey are an elite squad of soldiers known as the Colonial Marines. This time however, Ripley doesn't have just one alien menace to contend with, but hundreds.

Cast Edit

Actor Role
Sigourney Weaver Ellen Ripley
Michael Biehn Dwayne Hicks
Carrie Henn Rebecca "Newt" Jordan
Lance Henriksen Bishop
Paul Reiser Carter Burke
Bill Paxton W. Hudson
William Hope S. Gorman
Jenette Goldstein J. Vasquez
Al Matthews A. Apone
Mark Rolston M. Drake
Ricco Ross R. Frost
Colette Hiller C. Ferro
Daniel Kash D. Spunkmeyer
Cynthia Scott C. Dietrich
Tip Tipping T. Crowe
Trevor Steedman T. Wierzbowski
Paul Maxwell Van Leuwen
William Armstrong Lydecker
Blain Fairman Doctor
Carl Troop Alien warrior
Valerie Colgan ECA representative
Alibe Parsons Med tech
Barbara Coles Cocooned woman
John Lees Power loader operator

Notes & Trivia Edit

  • The tagline for this film is, "This time... it's war".
  • Domestic gross in the US for Aliens was $85,160,248. [3]
  • With the exception of Hicks and Gorman, the first initials of the other members of the Colonial Marines are the same as the first initial of the respective actor's name.
  • Aliens is one of the few films that received a 100% fresh tomato-rating at the Rotten Tomatoes film review site. [4]
  • This is the first professional film work for cinematographer Adrian Biddle.
  • In the "Epidemiology" episode of the TV sit-com Community, two of the main characters dressed up as characters from Aliens for their school's Halloween party. Abed Nadir dressed up as a Xenomorph and Troy Barnes created his own Loader costume - the same device that Ellen Ripley used to fight the alien Queen.

See also Edit


The World of Aliens

Aliens miscellaneous

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