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Aliens (1986)

aka Aliens

"This time, it's war."

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Written By:  Writer details not available
Details: 137 mins · English · R (USA)


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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 :)

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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.

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Small Lieutenant Ellen Ripley
No_movie_poster Rebecca "Newt" Jorden
Small Corporal Dwayne Hicks
Small L. Bishop
Small Carter J. Burke
Small Private W. Hudson
No_movie_poster Lieutenant S. Gorman
No_movie_poster Private J. Vasquez
No_movie_poster Sergeant A. Apone
Small Private M. Drake
No_movie_poster Corporal C. Ferro
No_movie_poster Private D. Spunkmeyer
No_movie_poster Corporal C. Dietrich
No_movie_poster Private R. Frost
No_movie_poster Private T. Crowe


No_movie_poster Ray Lovejoy Editor
No_movie_poster Robin Clarke Music Editor
No_movie_poster Gale Anne Hurd Producer
No_movie_poster Crispian Sallis Set Decoration
Small James Horner Original Music Composer
Small James Cameron Director
No_movie_poster Ken Court Art Direction
No_movie_poster Adrian Biddle Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Michael Lamont Art Direction
No_movie_poster Peter Lamont Production Design
No_movie_poster Brian Johnson Special Effects
No_movie_poster Bert Davey Art Direction
No_movie_poster Fred Hole Art Direction
No_movie_poster Emma Porteus Costume Design
No_movie_poster Peter Robb-King Makeup Artist
No_movie_poster Terry Ackland-Snow Art Department Coordinator
No_movie_poster Michael Clifford Music Editor
No_movie_poster Norman Baillie Special Effects
No_movie_poster Paul Weston Stunt Coordinator
No_movie_poster Elanor Bertram Stunts
Small James Cameron Other
No_movie_poster David Giler Story Contributor
Small James Cameron Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Walter Hill Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Ronald Shusett Story Contributor
Small Dan O'Bannon Story Contributor
No_movie_poster Ray Lovejoy Editing


"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.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1986-07-18 : United States of America

DVD : 1999-06-01