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Alien (1979)

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This post has the most up-to-date information on Alien as we continuously monitor the news. Below you will find everything you need to know, including cast, release date, rating, runtime, movie budget and, box office results.

Alien is an horror movie directed by Ridley Scott and starring Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright and Harry Dean Stanton and John Hurt. The movie was written by Dan O’Bannon (story), Ronald Shusett (story). The film has a $11 million budget with a 117-minute running time. Alien currently has a 8.5 IMDb rating, based on 684352 and 83 Metascore on Metacritic. The movie is rated R.

release date for Alien

Alien release date

When does Alien come out in theaters?

The official theatrical release date for Alien (1979) is May 25, 1979.

When will Alien be released on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital?

Alien DVD/Blu-ray release date is N/A. The estimated DVD release date is N/A. The movie has been out for around since its theatrical release. DVD and Blu-ray releases typically come out 12-16 weeks after the theatrical premiere.

Digital HD from Amazon Video and iTunes will be available 1-2 weeks before the Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K releases – sometime in N/A. Dates do change so check back often as the release approaches. We will update this page with more details as they become available.

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Alien budget

How much did Alien cost to make?

$11,000,000 budget

The movie cost $11 million to make.

Alien movie poster

Alien rating

R Rated

Alien is rated R. R stands for ‘Restricted’, which means children under 17 require accompanying parent or adult guardian. The movie contains some adult material and parents are urged to learn more about the movie.

Alien reviews

8.5 IMDb 83 Metascore

The movie currently has a 8.5 of out 10 IMDb rating and 83 Metascore on Metacritic. We will continue to add and update review scores.

Alien trailer

Alien plot summary

What is Alien about?

During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs attacks an explorer. The entire crew is unaware of the impending nightmare set to descend upon them when the alien parasite planted inside its unfortunate host is birthed.

Synopsis from IMDb After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

The running times are based on US timings only and all times are rounded off to the nearest minute. Other countries may have different running lengths. Theatrical releases running times differ due to the counting of frames from the first frame to the last frame of any credits.

Alien cast

Who is in Alien?

Tom Skerritt in Alien Tom Skerritt as Arthur Koblenz Dallas
Sigourney Weaver in Alien Sigourney Weaver as Lt. Ellen Louise Ripley
Veronica Cartwright in Alien Veronica Cartwright as Joan Marie Lambert
Harry Dean Stanton in Alien Harry Dean Stanton as Samuel Elias Brett
John Hurt in Alien John Hurt as Gilbert Ward Kane

Alien box Office

How much did Alien make?

$104,931,801 worldwide

The film has made over $105 million worldwide at the box office. This does not include the DVD, Blu-ray and digital sales.

Alien details

Theatrical Release Date: May 25, 1979
DVD & Blu-ray Release Date: N/A
Film Budget: $11 million
Box Office: $105 million
Length: 117 minutes
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Language: English

Alien facts

How long is Alien?

The movie is 117 minutes long (1 hour and 57 minutes).

What year did Alien come out?

The movie is out on May 25, 1979. The movie has been out for .

Who is the lead actor in the movie?

Tom Skerritt plays as Arthur Koblenz Dallas.

Who is the director of Alien?

Ridley Scott directed the movie.

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Harper Wolfei
Harper Wolfei
Harper Wolfei, a writer and avid entertainment fan, has been actively involved in the film industry for the past 4 years. His particular interest lies in sci-fi and action movies.


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