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SO much better than the first one! Thank you to everybody who told me to give it a chance. A lot creepier than the first movie too! I did like that it was an immediate continuation to the first movie - nice touch :)
I only saw this because Michael Biehn was in it (OH yes I loved him back then) - It's just as scary and grose as the first.
|Sigourney Weaver||Lieutenant Ellen Ripley|
|Carrie Henn||Rebecca "Newt" Jorden|
|Michael Biehn||Corporal Dwayne Hicks|
|Lance Henriksen||L. Bishop|
|Paul Reiser||Carter J. Burke|
|Bill Paxton||Private W. Hudson|
|William Hope||Lieutenant S. Gorman|
|Jenette Goldstein||Private J. Vasquez|
|Al Matthews||Sergeant A. Apone|
|Mark Rolston||Private M. Drake|
|Colette Hiller||Corporal C. Ferro|
|Daniel Kash||Private D. Spunkmeyer|
|Cynthia Dale Scott||Corporal C. Dietrich|
|Ricco Ross||Private R. Frost|
|Tip Tipping||Private T. Crowe|
|Robin Clarke||Music Editor|
|Gale Anne Hurd||Producer|
|Crispian Sallis||Set Decoration|
|James Horner||Original Music Composer|
|Ken Court||Art Direction|
|Adrian Biddle||Director of Photography|
|Michael Lamont||Art Direction|
|Peter Lamont||Production Design|
|Brian Johnson||Special Effects|
|Bert Davey||Art Direction|
|Fred Hole||Art Direction|
|Emma Porteus||Costume Design|
|Peter Robb-King||Makeup Artist|
|Terry Ackland-Snow||Art Department Coordinator|
|Michael Clifford||Music Editor|
|Norman Baillie||Special Effects|
|Paul Weston||Stunt Coordinator|
|David Giler||Story Contributor|
|James Cameron||Story Contributor|
|Walter Hill||Story Contributor|
|Ronald Shusett||Story Contributor|
|Dan O'Bannon||Story Contributor|
"This time, it's war."
"There are some places in the universe you don't go alone"
Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), the only survivor of the space freighter Nostromo, is rescued and revived after drifting for 57 years in stasis. At an interview before a panel of executives from her employer, the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, her testimony regarding the Alien is met with extreme skepticism as she has no physical evidence. Ripley loses her space-flight license as a result of her "questionable judgment" and learns that LV-426, the planet where her crew first encountered the Alien eggs, is now home to a terraforming colony.
Ripley is later visited by Weyland-Yutani representative Carter Burke (Paul Reiser) and Lieutenant Gorman (William Hope) of the Colonial Marines, who inform her that contact has been lost with the colony on LV-426. The company decides to dispatch Burke and a unit of space marines to investigate, and offers to restore Ripley's flight status and pick up her contract if she will accompany them as a consultant. Traumatized by her previous encounter with the Alien, Ripley initially refuses, but accepts after Burke promises that the team will destroy any Aliens found and not attempt to study them. Aboard the warship Sulaco she is introduced to the Colonial Marines, including Sergeant Apone (Al Matthews), Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn), privates Vasquez (Jenette Goldstein) and Hudson (Bill Paxton), and the android Bishop (Lance Henriksen), toward whom Ripley is initially hostile due to her previous experience with the android Ash aboard the Nostromo.
The expedition descends to the surface of LV-426 via dropship, where they find the colony seemingly abandoned. Two living facehuggers are found in containment tanks in the medical lab. The only colonist found is a traumatized young girl nicknamed Newt (Carrie Henn). The space marines determine that the colonists are clustered in the nuclear-powered atmosphere processing station, where they find a large Alien nest filled with the cocooned colonists. The Aliens attack, killing most of the unit and capturing Apone and Dietrich. Ripley is able to rescue Hicks, Vasquez, and Hudson. With Gorman knocked unconscious during the rescue, Hicks assumes command and orders the dropship to recover the survivors, intending to return to the Sulaco and destroy the colony from orbit. A stowaway Alien kills the dropship pilots in flight, causing the vessel to crash into the processing station. The surviving humans barricade themselves inside the colony complex.
Ripley discovers that it was Burke who ordered the colonists to investigate the derelict spaceship where the Nostromo crew first encountered the Alien eggs, and that he hopes to return Alien specimens to the company laboratories where he can profit from their use as biological weapons. She threatens to expose him, but Bishop soon informs the group of a greater threat: the damaged processing station has become unstable and will soon detonate with the force of a forty megaton thermonuclear weapon. He volunteers to crawl through several hundred meters of piping conduits to reach and use the colony's transmitter to pilot the Sulaco's remaining dropship to the surface by remote control so that the group can escape. Ripley and Newt fall asleep in the medical laboratory, awakening to find themselves locked in the room with two facehuggers, which have been released from their tanks. Ripley is able to alert the space marines, who rescue them and kill the creatures. Ripley accuses Burke of attempting to smuggle implanted Alien embryos past Earth's quarantine inside her and Newt, and of planning to kill the rest of the space marines in hypersleep during the return trip so that no one could contradict his version of events. The electricity is suddenly cut off and numerous Aliens attack through the ceiling. Hudson, Burke, Gorman, and Vasquez are killed while Newt is captured by the Aliens.
Ripley and an injured Hicks reach Bishop and the second dropship, but Ripley refuses to leave Newt behind. She rescues Newt from the hive in the processing station, where the two encounter the Alien queen and her egg chamber. Ripley destroys most of the eggs, enraging the queen, who escapes by tearing free from her ovipositor. Closely pursued by the queen, Ripley and Newt rendezvous with Bishop and Hicks on the dropship and escape moments before the colony is consumed by the nuclear blast. Back on the Sulaco, Ripley and Bishop's relief at their escape is interrupted when the Alien queen, stowed away on the dropship's landing gear, impales Bishop and tears him in half. Ripley battles the queen using an exosuit cargo-loader, before expelling it into space through an airlock. Ripley, Newt, Hicks and the still-functioning Bishop then enter hypersleep for the return to Earth.
Theatrical : 1986-07-18 : United States of America
DVD : 1999-06-01